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“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


“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

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