Individuals buying homes abroad and companies dealing in many currencies may use World First to handle their transactions. The Battersea company provides international payments and wire transfers and claims to have overseen transactions worth more than £1 billion last year. Under co-founders Jonathan Quin and Nick Robinson, sales – which represent the margin taken on trades – grew 79% a year from £975,000 in 2006 to £5.6m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank53
CompanyWorld First
ActivityInternational payments provider
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years78.86%
Latest sales £000s5,579
Staff54
Founded2004
Websitewww.worldfirst.com

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