Virgin Money was launched by Sir Richard Branson back in the mid 1990s, starting out in the savings and investments market before slowly expanding into mortgages, credit cards and insurance.
Virgin Money acquired its banking license in 2010 through the acquisition of Church House Trust, although at this time it had no branches. In 2012, it bought itself a high street presence, by acquiring Northern Rock and in 2014 the bank was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
In 2018 Virgin Money was bought by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group - which owns Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank.
Virgin money offers a full range of banking and insurance products including: bank accounts, credit cards, pet insurance and travel insurance. Its travel insurance is provided by the Spanish insurer Mapfre, while its pet insurance is provided by the Direct Line Group.