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About 1st Contact

In 2005, we created our first relocation package, to help make South Africans’ move to the UK as convenient as possible. Over 10 years later, we’ve helped thousands of international citizens relocate their lives to London.

Why we started our business: Making the difficult easy

Reg Bamford founded 1st Contact in 1995 to help the many Antipodeans and South Africans moving to the UK with their tax and accounting needs.

What began as as a small set-up in the Arches at Embankment soon grew into a thriving business with offices in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

We have helped over 400,000 people start their lives in the UK and 65% of our business comes from word of mouth - proof of our exceptional customer service. You don’t have to take our word for it – put us to the test and find out for yourself.

We understood the difficulties involved in opening a UK bank account as a newcomer to the UK. Wanting to make this process more efficient, we developed relationships with leading UK banks so that new arrivals could get set up with accounts within the first few days.

Over the years, this service has grown into a multi-faceted package. We take care of the admin of relocating to the UK - National Insurance numbers, international SIM cards, foreign exchange services and more.

Contact us:

  • United Kingdom - 0207 759 7236
  • Australia - 1800 039 300
  • New Zealand - 0800 224 322
  • South Africa - +27 21 657 1530

Phone numbers are toll free when calling from a landline within the country stated.


1st Contact UK Relocation Packages

1st Contact
UK Relocation


From setting up a bank account to a personalised wealth consultation, our relocation packages will ensure that all the bases are covered before you embark on your journey.

  • UK bank account set up
  • International SIM card 
  • A free wealth consultation
  • A free money transfer
  • Travel discounts

Purchase package

1st Contact
UK Family Relocation


This relocation package has been designed specifically with professional individuals and their families in mind.

  • UK bank account set up
  • A free wealth consultation
  • A free money transfer
  • UK school system breakdown
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Travel discounts

Purchase package

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


25 Richefond Circle
Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


One Croydon
12-16 Addiscombe Road
Croydon CR0 0XT +44 (0) 20 7759 7514



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services Licence issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS Licence number 335 126).

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