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Hit the ground running
when you move to the UK

The best way to launch your life and career in the UK.

Open your bank account with ease and take advantage of the many special
offers and services offered by 1st Contact to make your move to the UK easier.

We know what it's like to move to a new country – we’ve done it ourselves. 1st Contact
is an international team, with many of our staff coming from Australia, New Zealand,
South Africa, Canada, Poland and other far-flung places across the globe.

It’s this inside knowledge that has helped us create our Kickstart Package for intrepid young
travellers. The Package contains vital information on the UK's tax and health systems,
international communities, transport networks, contracting options and so much more. 

 

Ready to start your adventure?
We’re here to help each step of the way

 

 

Services to kick-start your life in the UK

Testimonials

Here’s what our customers saying about us

"You cannot begin to imagine what it means, in today's day and age, to know that there is a company out there, with trained staff to assist you, who deliver what they have promised. Your integrity means the world to me. Thank you 1st Contact!!"

- Ané Arangies

"Just wanted to let you know how great I think 1st Contact is and how easy you guys are to deal with. Will definitely tell any other kiwis heading over to UK to use you."

- Renee Palmer

"You were consistently helpful, always kept in touch, and were exceedingly patient with the difficulties of finalising my return—with very little input from me. There were times when I doubted I would ever see a return, but now I eagerly await my cheque!"

- Sue Anderson

“Thank you very much. 1st Contact has assisted us in our relocation to the UK, contractor via 1st Contact, money transfers, shipments back to Australia and taxation services which have all been first class service. Thank you and we will recommend you to our family and friends.”

- Matt

“The service provided by you guys has been outstanding. With a proof in my hand and my own personal experience I can now surely recommend you guys to every single person that I come across and who needs help with tax. I would like to thank every single person who has been working on my file and to those who have took their time out to keep me updated about the status of my file. Once again thanks a lot.”

- Shashank Gudimella

“I have received my tax refund, so I wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you for your work on this and your patience with all my questions! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and 1st Contact refunds to any other antipodeans returning home from the UK.”

- Katy

"I would just like to thank you for all your help to claiming my tax back. From the company that I tried to use before 1st Contact there is a massive professional difference and I WILL be recommending and using 1st Contact in the future. 1st Contact have kept me updated weekly and always replied to any e-mails I sent promptly. Going from a company that never replied and didn't care for over a year to 1st Contact that made it look so easy, thanks a million."

- Charl VD Merwe

“Thanks so much for the great service, you guys were always prompt and kept me updated on the progress of both my tax refund and shipping our items to South Africa.”

- Gabriella

“Thank you very much for all your help in getting this tax refund for me. Also thank you very much for the swift and professional service you have provided. I will be recommending you to anyone else I know of who requires assistance in claiming a tax refund. Again thank you.”

- Chris

“Thanks for your good service Im so glad to hear from you, I must confess that Im really impress with your good service, I will be glad to have my money paying to my bank acct details with you Metro bank and I promise to recommend you to friends and family that will like this very good service thank you 1st Contact you have done a great job.”

- Micheale

 
 
 

 

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