Optal specialises in the distribution of single-use virtual bank account numbers used by travel, insurance, education and eprocurement companies to make fast, secure payments to suppliers. Led by managing director Rob Bishop, 61, sales doubled to £129m in 2016, helped by the growth of the online travel market. In April, it acquired business-to-business electronic payments solution provider Invapay for an undisclosed sum. Optal is now looking to expand the number of currencies in which it offers payments.
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