Credit experts since 1899

Equifax Ltd is part of Equifax Inc., one of the world’s leading credit referencing agencies, and we’ve been operating in the UK since 1990. We’re well known for supporting our consumers throughout their lives to help them better understand their credit history. What you may not know is that Equifax's heritage extends back more than 100 years.

  • Equifax Inc. – then called the Retail Credit Company – was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, by brothers Cator and Guy Woolford in 1899.
  • By 1920, it had numerous branch offices throughout the United States and Canada, and became a publicly owned corporation in 1965.
  • The 1990s saw Equifax Inc. expand into Europe and South America, as well as the launch of our first services for consumers.
  • In 2002 we were the first to give UK consumers online access to their credit reports.

Setting the standards

Today Equifax operates globally, with bases or investments in 24 countries and insightful data readily at hand – enabling us to provide useful and relevant credit information to our consumers.

Our consumer focus

Since forming in 1899, one of Equifax’s basic principles has been to always focus on its consumers. This is as important now as it’s ever been. In everything we do, we are dedicated to helping you understand your Equifax Credit Report & Score. Whatever stage you are in your life, we will help you to get the most benefit from your credit history. We aim to make the complex world of data and personal information simpler, more understandable and jargon free. Wherever you are on your credit journey, we will help you feel more in control of your data.

This article was last updated on 16 July 2021; all information was correct at the time of writing.

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