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Navigating the twists and turns of financial compliance can be difficult and time-consuming

Thistle Initiatives are multi-award winning financial services compliance consultants.

Over the past 10 years we have supported 1000s of firms within the financial services sector to keep moving forward, faster.

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Successful FCA applications

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Winner of Best Financial Services Compliance Consultancy 2020 - 2023


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Why Thistle Initiatives

It is less about regulatory box-ticking and more about creating a culture of compliance.

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We think about your business, not just the risk

Looking at what is relevant to you and balancing risk with a commercial mindset

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We speak compliance, so you don’t have to

With a bird's eye view of the whole regulatory landscape, to pre-empt your best move

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We take the compliance load off your plate

This is not just guidance at a distance, we are thinkers and doers

Thistle has supported us with our ongoing compliance requirements ever since they helped us to become an authorised EMI. The team are highly knowledgeable in the regulatory space. They are thorough and constructive with any feedback or advice and are able to assist with complex compliance matters in a digestible way, with a commercial mindset. We look forward to working on the next project with the Thistle team. 

Sectors we operate in

Financial services compliance is not part of what we do, it’s all we do.
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From acquisition due diligence to FCA applications and keeping up to date on your regulatory responsibilities

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Our experts are one of only a handful of financial services compliance teams focused on the mortgage sector in the country

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Payment services

We understand start-ups, we understand fintechs and we know compliance for all kinds of payment service providers

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Digital assets

Future proof your business with water-tight compliance and recognise your regulatory responsibilities as an opportunity for growth

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A practical approach to consumer credit compliance, that considers the bigger picture and ‘best consumer outcomes’

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General insurance

Tailored regulatory support to ease pressure from the FCA and keep you up to date as responsibilities change

We can also support you with financial crime compliance

We advise firms on how to navigate the complexities of complying with financial crime regulations, including anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, counter-terrorism, tax evasion and so much more.

We help ensure your policies and process are robust, proportionate, and scalable with your firm's ambitions.


Find out more about our financial crime prevention services ➜

What our clients have to say

“Thistle provided us with invaluable, technical advice during our FCA application process. The team took time to understand the particulars of our business and then apply their knowledge, skill and expertise to ensure that commercial goals were being met, whilst also ensuring regulatory requirements and objectives were a central focus to business operation.”
Cherry Godfrey
Cherry Godfrey
“Our company needed a quick turnaround for an AML audit so we approached Thistle who was happy to help. The team at Thistle were very professional; commencing and completing the audit within a tight schedule. The process was undertaken in a very efficient way and Thistle delivered a report of high standard, including an in-depth analysis of our AML infrastructure. Overall, we have received great service from Thistle and will recommend their services”
“Our experience of working with Thistle Initiatives has been exceptionally good. After due consideration and comparison of various service providers, WMG Advisors engaged Thistle to perform an external review of our systems and controls, our policies and procedures and to provide ongoing training to meet our compliance needs. Thistle deployed serious resources to the project, and provided comprehensive analysis and recommendations. Thistle has responded quickly and clearly to all of our requests to date. We continue to be impressed with both the methodology and the people that we deal with throughout their organisation.”
"They think on their feet as to how to resolve issues. There's not a lot they haven't seen… Anything compliance related - my first phone call is Thistle Initiatives"
Logic Investments