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 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.

Get in touch:

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

Email: 1stcontact@sableinternational.com

Our all-in-one relocation packages

Our packages include UK bank account set up, assistance in obtaining an NI number, great travel and entertainment discounts, as well as all the information you need to hit the ground running as soon as you land in the UK. Choose the package below that best suits your needs.

1st Contact UK
Relocation package


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.

  • Accommodation assistance 
  • UK bank account set up
  • International SIM card
  • Travel discounts

UK Tier 5
Kickstart package


Get your UK Tier 5 visa and Relocation Package all in one go. Everything you need to get your working holiday in the UK off to the right start!

  • Tier 5 visa assistance
  • UK bank account set up
  • International SIM card
  • Travel discounts
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