Foreign currency 'will be available from cashpoints'
Published 15 March 2012 by Lucy Bower
The UK's largest bureau de change has joined the LINK ATM network, so customers can withdraw foreign currency from LINK cash machines.
Currency specialist Moneycorp has joined the LINK ATM Scheme, meaning you'll soon be able to withdraw foreign currency from your bank account at selected LINK cash machines.
Moneycorp is the largest foreign currency provider in the UK, which traded billions of pounds of foreign currency last year alone. It currently has 27 bureau de change branches in the UK, but this new collaboration with LINK will allow bank customers to withdraw foreign currencies from LINK cash points.
Withdrawing foreign currencies from a cash machine is arguably more convenient than visiting a bureau de change or bank. It could work out safer for customers too, as people tend to make smaller withdrawals from cash machines than over the counter. Carrying a large amount of foreign currency around with you isn't really advised, in case you become the victim of a crime.
The potential for the collaboration is huge - over half (56%) of payments in the UK in 2010 were with cash, the equivalent of around 20.4 billion payments. 70% of that cash came from the LINK ATM network.
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