Zopa Bank and Fintech TrueLayer Make Saving Seamless with Acct-to-Acct Payments

TrueLayer, which claims to be Europe’s leading Open Banking platform, has announced a collaboration with digital bank Zopa, which has gone live with account-to-account payments for its Smart Saver savings account.

Zopa’s Smart Saver was launched in February with a focus on “helping consumers at the start of their savings journey, enabling them to deposit money into different ‘Pots’ with different interest rates and access requirements.”

In just a few months, the account has already “attracted 20,000 customers and more than £110m in deposits.”

TrueLayer is now “supporting Zopa with instant, secure account-to-account payments that remove the need to enter any card or bank account details.”

Instead, customers simply “select the ‘Instant bank transfer’ option at the top of the payment screen and authenticate their identity with biometrics to confirm the payment.”

As well as improving the customer experience through smoother deposits, open banking payments with TrueLayer “provide Zopa with numerous operational benefits.”

This includes lower processing fees “compared to cards and other deposit methods and real-time payment confirmation and settlement, providing Zopa with the assurance that every transaction has been authorised and received into the customers’ account.”

Merve Ferrero, Chief Strategy Officer at Zopa. said:

“The Zopa Smart Saver combines the best of both banking and fintech when it comes to helping customers save money. By building on the foundations of the easy access account but evolving it, Zopa offers a higher interest rate in a sustainable manner. At the same time, it gives users control over how and when they access their money based on their goals. And we’re only getting started. Over the next 12 months we plan on doubling our savings portfolio to £2 billion while continuing to find innovative ways to help our customers grow their money.”

Nick Tucker, Head of Financial Service at TrueLayer, commented:

“Zopa’s Smart Saver is already shaking up the savings market with its innovative, hybrid approach. We’re delighted that Zopa recognised the significant value TrueLayer’s open banking platform will deliver through seamless, secure and instant payments that also creates an opportunity for it to develop a deeper relationship with its customers. We look forward to building on our collaboration in the coming months as Zopa continues on its journey to help people save.”

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