Founded in 2002 by managing director Rob Bishop, 63, Optal specialises in single-use virtual bank account numbers used by travel, insurance, education and procurement firms around the world to make fast, secure payments to suppliers. The business has offices in London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore, and in March it opened one in Dublin. The London-based firm’s rapid growth continued in 2018 with revenue increasing 50% to £269.6m, driven by growth in online travel bookings in markets such as Hong Kong and Australia.
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