There will be another 150 people joining us at our second office in Southampton, which will be opening soon. If you’d like to become part of the team, have a look at our Careers page for available roles.
In September 2018, we were named one of LinkedIn’s top startups to work for. In the last year, we’ve also been named:
- Best British Bank, Best Current Account and Best Business Account by Smart Money People
- Best Opening Banking Strategy of the Year at the Retail Banker Awards
- Consumer finance product of the year by FSTech
- Best Debit Card for use Abroad and Best Business Current Account by Moneynet
- Digital bank of the year by AltFi
- Personal Finance App of the Year and Open Banking Initiative of the Year at the Payment Awards
- Hottest FinTech Startup at the Europas
- People’s Choice winner for Product in the Creative Pool Awards
We were also listed on the TechNation Future Fifty, FinTech Power 50 and Forbes’ World’s Best Banks.
We’ve celebrated our founder and CEO Anne Boden being awarded an MBE for services to financial technology. She was also honored with an award in the Banking and Finance category at the Variety Catherine Awards. We’ve also seen Alison Choy and Araminta Rusell nominated for WeAreTech Women, Hessie Coleman win WeAreTheCity Rising Star, Mariam Ogunbambi win TechWomen50 and our board member Victoria Raffe win the Non-Executive Director of the Year Award from the Sunday Times.
To make all of this possible, we’ve also been busy fundraising. In February we announced that we had raised £75 million. This included a £60 million funding round led by Merian Global Investors and Merian Chrysalis, with a further £15 million from our original investor Harald McPike. Later that month we were awarded a £100 million grant from a fund created to boost competition and innovation in the market for small business bank accounts (against tough competition from some very big names in banking). It brings the total raised by Starling to £233 million.
Building a better bank for small businesses
These funds will support Starling in becoming even bigger and better. With the £100 million grant we have pledged to create 398 new jobs in the UK and to invest £94.8 million of our own money to help build a better bank for the small and medium sized enterprises that are the lifeblood of the British economy. We’ll also make nearly £1 billion of balance sheet lending available to SME customers by the end of 2023.
Because we understand that many small business owners want to manage their banking online as well as through mobile apps, we will launch a web portal for SME banking customers later this year.
Throughout the last two years we’ve strived to put our customers first - from the early adopters who downloaded the Starling Bank app on 9 May 2017 to those joining us today. This is just the beginning of a new journey and we’re excited to have you aboard. Thank you.