About us

About us


We think banking should be about more than just interest rates and statements. We want to use our expertise to do some good in the world – through helping charities, communities and the environment.

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Virgin Money London Marathon

We’re proud sponsors of the Virgin Money London Marathon – the world’s biggest annual fundraising event – with over £250 million raised by runners for good causes in our first 5 years.


It’s an honour to be linked to such an iconic event, but we didn’t want to just paint the city red. We like to sponsor events we can bring real value to somehow. So we did a lot of research around the Marathon and all that’s linked to it – including the communities of runners, fundraisers and charities that make it so special.

Since the first race in 1981, runners have raised an astonishing £716million* for good causes. In fact, the Marathon is the largest annual one day fund raising event in the world. A lot of money is raised through online donation sites, who naturally charge for the service they provide.

We thought we could put our expertise with money and our financial systems to good use, and come up with an alternative that’s 100% not-for-profit. So millions more £s would go where they’re needed most. Our online donation site Virgin Money Giving was born.

For more information, visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website

*Figures correct post 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.

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Virgin Money Cyclone

Our sponsorship of the Virgin Money Cyclone ensures the UK’s biggest weekend cycling event can take place each year, catering for all ages and abilities.


From juniors to elites, leisure rides to races, the Virgin Money Cyclone has something for everyone. The event began in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, get fit and enjoy the North East countryside.

The Cyclone is now one of the biggest events of its type, with the riders raising money for good causes by taking part in the mass entry Cyclone Challenge events.

For more information and to find out how this year’s event went, visit the
Virgin Money Cyclone website

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Street Events and Fireworks Concert

Through our sponsorship of Fringe on the Royal Mile and Mound, we’re helping to make the Festival accessible to all.


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place in Scotland’s capital every August. Virgin Money is proud to sponsor two street events that are among the most exciting parts of the Festival – the Virgin Money Fringe on the Royal Mile and the Virgin Money Fringe on the Mound.

At Virgin Money we aim to make ‘everyone better off’, which makes these events the perfect partner for us as they’re open and accessible to everyone. Across 4 weeks of entertainment in 2014, Edinburgh saw:

  • 50,771 performances
  • 3,193 shows across 299 venues

We’re also proud to sponsor of the The Virgin Money Fireworks concert which brought the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival to a stunning close as the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks. More than 400,000 fireworks were launched during the concert in a display synchronised perfectly to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Charity of the Year and Virgin Unite

We’re proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK as our Charity of the Year, as well as working with Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group.


Cancer Research

We’re delighted to announce that Cancer Research UK is our new Charity of the Year. Once again, we’re bringing together our two major fundraising activities – the Virgin Money London Marathon and our Charity of the Year to support Cancer Research UK in their aim to one day beat Cancer.

Cancer Research UK receive no government funding for their research so every step they take towards beating cancer depends on every pound donated. The money raised by staff at Virgin Money will go towards the construction of the Francis Crick Institute. The Institute is an ambitious project to create a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation in the heart of London opening in 2015. Dedicated to research excellence, it will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease to help beat cancer sooner.

To find out more visit cruk.org

Virgin Unite
We’re also focused on not just what we can raise in monetary terms, but how the many skills of Virgin staff can be put to good use.Virgin Unite is the ‘not-for-profit’ entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. Virgin Unite works with great partners around the world to develop new approaches to tough social and environmental issues.

To find out more visit virginunite.com

Helping the comumnity
As well as supporting Virgin Unite, every member of staff is given a free day to allow them to get involved with work in the community. Through this, our people work with local and national projects and many take part in a wide range of fundraising - running marathons, swimathons, dragon boat racing, mountain climbing, cake baking and much more.

For more information email: community@virginmoney.com

Or write to:
Culture & Community Team
Virgin Money
Discovery House
Whiting Road

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Endeavour Trophy

We’ve supported some incredible events, and inspired by these we created the Virgin Money Endeavour Trophy to recognise outstanding achievements.


We’ve supported some incredible events and challenges over the last few years – made great by remarkable people who go the extra mile for others.

Inspired by these people, we wanted to come up with a unique award to recognise such outstanding achievements. So we created the Virgin Money Endeavour Trophy – an award that celebrates people and groups who do extraordinary things for good causes and the wider community.

Anyone can be nominated for the award, so long as they meet the criteria and use their endeavour to raise money for, or positively impact, a UK registered charity.

We’ll award the Virgin Money Endeavour Trophy to the most inspiring individual or team who have gone the #extramile, along with a cash donation for the cause that inspired them.

We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of challenges the Endeavour Trophy inspires and recognising those remarkable people who go the extra mile.

Find out more about the Endeavour Trophy


We also launched Make £5 Grow and are proud to support the Fiver Challenge – initiatives in schools designed to help inspire the entrepreneurs and business minds of the future. Find out more about how we’re helping people make the right choices.