Founded in 2002 by Rob Bishop, 63, this London-based firm specialises in single-use virtual account numbers used by travel, insurance, education and procurement firms to make fast, secure payments to suppliers. International sales, which represent fees charged, leapt to £269.6m in 2018, boosted by its travel business in Hong Kong and Australia. Financial technology company WEX recently agreed to acquire Optal and payments firm eNett for $1.7bn, in a deal expected to complete by the middle of this year.
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