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Bitpanda Business Is Supporting Firms Operating in Real Estate and Finance Sectors

This year, Bitpanda Business claims that it has distinguished itself “as an essential platform for companies stepping into the world of digital investment.” With a 27% increase in the number of business clients using their services, Bitpanda has reportedly enabled “a diverse range of companies,… Read More

Open Banking Firms Qwist and ndgit Acquired by Crastorehill

Crastorehill, a company majority owned by Finch Capital, Europe‘s growth investor, has successfully acquired open banking players “as part of their buy-and-build strategy.” This move positions Crastorehill as “the 100% shareholder of Qwist (formerly finleap connect) and ndgit, harnessing their complementary strengths to lead the… Read More

Spend Management Fintech Payhawk Introduces Purchase Orders, Enabling Procure to Pay Process

Payhawk introduces a 3-way match Purchase Orders system, “enabling businesses to automate their procure-to-pay process to further increase the efficiency and control in business purchases.” Payhawk, the global spend management platform, reveals that it has launched its new Purchase Orders system. The solution streamlines procurement… Read More

Mantvydas Štareika, CEO of CapitalBox: Fintech Veteran Comments on Underbanking Crisis and Obstacles Faced by SMEs

We recently spoke with Mantvydas Štareika, the digital financial services professional and CEO of CapitalBox. This company, which Štareika joined in the last quarter of 2022, is one of the European fintech lenders that provides the EU’s startup ecosystem with timely, trusted, and specifically tailored… Read More

Spain’s seQura, a Flexible Payment Platform, Teams Up with Checkout.com

seQura, a flexible payment platform in Spain, and Checkout.com, the global payments processing platform, today announce they enter into a strategic partnership in order “to help merchants increase conversion rates through flexible payment solutions.” seQura will be an integrated payment method “available to all Checkout.com… Read More

British Business Bank Introduces £130M Investment Fund for Wales to Help SMBs

The British Business Bank is launching its new £130 million Investment Fund for Wales, unlocking additional funding “to help smaller businesses to prosper and thrive.” The fund will drive sustainable economic growth by “supporting new and growing businesses across the whole of Wales through investment… Read More

UK’s Real-Time Payments Fintech Volt to Expand Operations into Australian Markets

Volt, the global real-time payments platform, announces its expansion into Australia following a period of sustained growth for the UK-headquartered fintech company. Following Volt’s $60m funding round earlier this year, this development “marks the latest step in its ambitious growth plans to meet market demand… Read More

UK Startups Raise $12B in VC Funding During Jan-Oct 2023, Report Reveals

A total of 1,098 venture capital (VC) funding deals worth $12 billion were announced in the UK during January-October 2023. Both deal volume and value recorded year-on-year (YoY) decline “compared to the VC funding activity registered during January-October 2022,” reveals GlobalData, a data and analytics… Read More

The Payments Association Welcomes UK’s Future of Payments Review Call for Strategy to Re-Establish Leading Status

The Payments Association, which claims to be the most “influential” community in payments, has welcomed the release of the report following the Future of Payments Review, commissioned by the Chancellor. The report calls for a National Vision and Strategy for Payments considering “the importance of… Read More

UK Neobank Science Card Announces Scientific Research Initiative with Kingston University

Kingston University is collaborating with UK neobank Science Card in order “to drive major breakthrough in cervical cancer treatment.” Science Card claims that it is creating “a unique science funding infrastructure by collaborating with UK universities to enable users of its socially-conscious e-money current account… Read More

UK SME Payments Fintech Crezco Secures $12M, Reveals its Tech Is Enabling New Xero Feature

Crezco, a UK fintech company using open banking to make B2B invoice and bill payments as convenient as B2C card payments, has achieved several major business milestones through securing funding and integrating its technology into global small business platform Xero. Crezco has secured $12m in… Read More

Italy: Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Walliance Acquires Lymo Finance

Lymo Finance, the world’s first real estate crowdfunding platform, is now owned by Walliance, another real estate crowdfunding platform based in Italy, according to an announcement. Walliance said the acquisition is part of its expansion plans in the European market. Lymo, which has an investment… Read More

Lloyds Banking Group Shares Insights on Stalling Efforts to Decarbonize the UK’s Housing Stock

Lloyds Banking Group, a UK based financial services group, has released the first Housing Stocktake 2023 report sharing insights on “the stalling efforts to decarbonize the UK’s housing stock.” In the UK, homes are one of the highest emitting sectors, “with the 28 million residential… Read More

Expected “Record Breaking” UK Inheritance Tax Receipts Demonstrate Need for Financial Planning – Report

HMRC recently announced the latest Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts. (HMRC tax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK (monthly bulletin) – GOV.UK.) For April 2023 to October 2023 these “are £4.6 billion, which is £0.5 billion higher than the same period last year.” This… Read More

European Central Bank President Lagarde Claims Her Son Lost Almost All of Crypto Investment

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is known for her anti-crypto stance, referring to virtual currencies as being highly speculative, completely worthless, and often used as a tool by bad actors/criminals for engaging in illicit activities. Recently, the ECB President Christine Lagarde claimed that her… Read More

PensionBee Research: Notable Enthusiasm Among UK Investors for New Pension Model

New research from online pension provider, PensionBee, reveals a notable enthusiasm among c.1,000 UK pension holders “for the recently announced ‘pot for life’ pension model.” Over three-quarters (76%) of pension savers “expressed that they would consider opting for the new model, while only 5% of… Read More

SME Lending Platform Funding Circle Teams Up with UK’s Atom Bank

Funding Circle (LSE: FCH), the UK’s SME lending platform, and Atom bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, announce a new lending partnership that “will provide up to c.£150m of funding to small businesses.” Atom bank is a “long-standing” and returning investor in the Funding Circle… Read More

UK Payments Fintech PonchoPay Secures £393K+ in Funding via Seedrs

PonchoPay says it is on a mission to streamline payments in the childcare ecosystem. PonchoPay has raised 98% (£393,383) of its £400,012 target from 86 investors with 26 days left in the firm’s crowdfunding campaign, carried out via Seedrs. Based in London, United Kingdom, Ponchopay… Read More

UK Macro- and Microeconomic Trends Reveal Key Insights About Venture Capital Funding, Business Growth – Report

Pitchbook notes that their extensive Country Snapshot series provides an overview of both macroeconomic and microeconomic trends in the region, “covering various countries across Europe.” Pitchbook researchers look at how “both public and private data points have trended in Q3 for the UK.” As noted… Read More

HAATCH SEIS Fund, which Focuses on B2B SaaS Firms, Raises £377K+ via Crowdcube

HAATCH SEIS Fund is an SEIS fund focused “on accelerating Pre-Seed B2B SaaS companies to their first £1m ARR and building the infrastructure to get to £10m+.” HAATCH SEIS Fund has raised £377,873 in capital via Crowdcube from 121 investors (at the time of writing) with… Read More

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