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“We have used Thistle as compliance consultants for a number of years. Thistle assists the firm with complex compliance matters, acquisition due diligence and general business support. We have found the service to be excellent.”

Nigel Stockton / Bellpenny

“We worked with Thistle’s payment services team on our application to become a Registered Account Information Service Provider (RAISP). From the very start of the project, the team was extremely professional and fast-moving, answering all our queries in detail and drafting comprehensive documents for our application. This helped us get approved much faster than we had accounted for. We would recommend Thistle’s team to any early-stage company that’s looking for support on their FCA applications.”

Samuel Lathey / Bippit

“Excellent service and delivered what was expected within a short timescale. Would definitely recommend the team at Thistle.”

Eric Partaker / Chilango


“Thistle respond to us in a timely manner, there is always someone available to answer any questions.”

Ayan Mitra / Crowdbnk


“The Financial Crime team at Thistle Initiatives provided us with clear, up to date guidance, helping us to ensure our AML framework was robust but logical. They were all very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the project and the service they have provided has been invaluable to our business. I would highly recommend Thistle to other firms.”

Jonathan Littlewood / Crowdstacker


“We are very happy with Thistle’s services and would not hesitate in recommending them to other firms.”

Christopher Hancock / Crowd2Fund


“We have worked with UKGI/Thistle since 2007 as our chosen compliance support provider. Their Compliance Manual is a key resource and their technical Helpline is a source of assistance and comfort to us, allowing us to work with them to resolve any issues that may arise. Their attention to detail and the service they have provided have been invaluable. I’d recommend them to other insurance brokers.”

Simon Piggott / Direct Insurance Group Plc

“Thistle’s payment service team assisted us in gaining a payment initiation service provider (PISP) licence from the FCA. The team created a highly detailed plan for the application process and were helpful in identifying what additional documents were needed to complete the application. I would highly recommend their services to other companies looking to become authorised PISPs. They are very professional and knowledgeable and were always willing to help out when we needed.”

William Burton / Ecospend


“Thistle were extremely efficient throughout our FCA Application process – a potentially difficult process was made simple.”

Dave Allmark / Gardx

“Our main business is supplying quality coffee machines, which is where our expertise lies. Being able to rely on Thistle Initiatives for support in submitting our annual FCA returns has proved invaluable, as was their guidance in relation to applying for FCA authorisation.

We continue to use Thistle Initiatives because of their professional and transparent approach, and because they deliver what they said they will.”

Garry Saunders / GMS Servicing Ltd

“The Payments Services team at Thistle were extremely helpful in getting Hat Data Exchange approved as a Registered Account Information Services Provider (RAISP). Their team was very perceptive in understanding our complex business model and drafted some superbly detailed regulatory business plan and information security documents to submit with our application. Having Thistle’s support certainly made the process much easier and we would certainly recommend their services to any company thinking of becoming an RAISP.”

Irene Ng / HATDeX


“They do not provide just an Appointed Representative service, but also are a continuing source of information and advice.”

Anthony Rushworth / Homegrown

“Already established as a matched principal broker, we needed a compliance consultancy who could help us vary our permissions to offer an advisory and discretionary managed service to our clients. Thistle Initiatives were experienced in these types of applications, but more importantly understood the business and the required regulation. They were able to complete the FCA application with minimal input from us and provide a high level of support when corresponding with the FCA. The application went through seamlessly and was approved very quickly.”

Carlos Ramirez / Investam Capital Ltd

“The level of assistance and advice Thistle provide is first rate. Thistle’s help was key in all of our applications to the FCA; all have been successful quickly.”

Firdavs Shakhidi / Jefferson Capital Ltd

“The Payment Service Team at Thistle really helped making a difficult process, so much easier. Thank you for all your help.”

Caroline Plambeck / jumblebee


“Thistle provides us with expansive, up to date knowledge, translated into clear, uncomplicated investment compliance guidance time and time again. We have no hesitation in recommending their compliance support and external auditing service.”

Giancarmelo Spampinato / Key To Market


“Thistle are quick to respond to any queries, and always provide clear, focused advice.”

Darren Eaton / Logic Investments

“Thistle’s help throughout our retail investment management application was invaluable. Thistle always provide us with clear compliance advice and guidance.”

Roderic Owen-Thomas / Mayfair Capital Limited

Thistle were extremely helpful in helping us prepare our Authorised Payment Institution (API) application. They provided an organised service and diligently ensured that our submission pack included all necessary documents with sufficient information. Thistle also provided detailed guidance on how to respond to follow-up questions from the FCA.

Thistle were always approachable, and their response times were excellent.

Will certainly use their services in the future!

Ian Elder / Numex FX

“Thistle Initiatives provided professional support and guidance to achieve Orient Exchange’s Small Payments Re-Registration. Thank you for your assistance.”

Kishore Lalwani / Orient Exchange

“Thistle helped us to become registered as an Account Information Service Provider (AISP) with the FCA. They were highly proactive and provided detailed guidance and feedback on what was a complex application process. Our caseworker Shazana was experienced and always available to answer any questions we had. We would not hesitate in using Thistle again for any of our compliance needs.”

Glenn Drake / QuickFile


“As Property Managers, part of our service is arranging buildings insurance for our property portfolio of some 20,000 property owners, so we wanted independent advice to ensure we were complying fully with FCA requirements.

We chose Thistle Initiatives based on their professional, honest and transparent approach. Thistle delivered precisely what they said they would and their attention to detail, pragmatism and delivery has been beyond even our own high expectations. There was an extremely tight implementation of the changeover from our previous broker and Insurer but Thistle provided exactly the support we required exactly when we needed it.

Ross and Liddell have worked collaboratively with Thistle, and we would fully endorse and recommend Thistle to any other party as they simply deliver on all promises made.”

Alec Cassidy & Rita Glendenning / Ross & Liddell

“We used Thistle Initiatives to handle our Payment Services compliance obligations namely re-authorisation of SPI licence. Very professional service. Kept us informed step by step and assisted with all documentation. Many thanks to Nadia Lemard and her team. I would definitely put Thistle on your ‘short list’ of potential compliance consultants.”

Geoff Tully / Senit Remittance Ltd


“I have found the Thistle workshops a good place to learn about and debate upcoming regulatory changes. Whilst I am generally aware of what is planned by the FCA ahead of the workshops, I find it useful being able to obtain the views of the knowledgeable Thistle staff and discuss with peers within the industry who are facing the same challenges. It is nice to know you are not alone!

I always find the helpline is answered promptly and it is good to be able to speak with a friendly voice at the other end to provide a view on regulatory topics.”

Peter Goodman Dip CII / T H March

Thistle were instrumental in helping Trutify become registered as an account information service provider (AISP). The payment services team provided a suite of helpful templates and were always very forthcoming with constructive feedback to strengthen our application documents. I would recommend Thistle to any other start-up looking for support with their FCA application.

Paolo Vicari / Trutify

“Thistle assist Vinco in all areas of regulatory business. This support includes our application for authorisation, our variation of permissions and daily ad-hoc compliance queries, regardless of how complex they are. Thistle provide an uncomplicated, commercial answer.”

Mark Vincent / Vinco Wealth Management Ltd

“Thistle are a pleasure to work with, providing trusted and pragmatic advice coupled with reliable delivery across the regulated spectrum.”

Dagmar Petersen / Wellesley


“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.”

Pieter Van Leuven / WMG Funds LLP