Vanquis was set up by Provident Financial in 2003 and received authorisation from the Financial Services Authority the following year. It offers credit cards.
Vanquis was initially conceived as a pilot scheme, specialising in credit cards for people with poor credit histories, or no credit history, and it received approval to expand in 2004.
It remains under ownership of Provident Financial, one of the UK's largest home credit companies.
It is based in London.