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Whether you are buying a yacht, a villa on Italy’s Lake Como, or just importing a car, this company can handle the foreign exchange for you. From its base in the heart of Edinburgh’s financial district, the Xchange Business runs a network of 221 franchised bureaux de change across the country, trading under the brand No1 Currency. The company also targets the corporate market, attracting clients such as the Edinburgh Fringe and travel firm Travellers’ Choice. Founders Mark McElney and David Hale have pushed up sales – measured by gross transaction value – 60% a year from £45.1m in 2003 to £183.5m in 2006.

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Company details
CompanyNo 1 Currency
ActivityForeign exchange specialist
Annual sales rise over 3 years59.65%
Latest sales £000s183,457

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