Tagged: ireland

Laleta Buctkuar from Assetz Capital Explains that Their Pricing Is Driven by Loan-to-Value, Not Security Type, Size, Location

Laleta Buctkuar notes that she recently joined UK’s Assetz Capital in June of this year, “specifically to focus on bridging products and distribution.” Laleta shared that she began working in financial services more than 20 years ago. Laleta also noted that she had a part-time… Read More

Fintech Stripe Expands Stripe Terminal to Ireland, France, Germany, UK, Netherlands

Stripe, a tech firm establishing key economic infrastructure for the Internet, has announced the expansion of Stripe Terminal to Ireland, France, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands. As European consumers return to in-person shopping, Terminal “extends Stripe’s payments infrastructure to the physical world.” International businesses… Read More

LinkedFinance CEO Warns on Rising Inflation

LinkedFinance is warning businesses to “avoid feeding dangerous 1980s inflationary spiral.” LinkedFinance is a peer-to-peer lender serving Irish SMEs. While business optimism remains high, nearly one-third of Irish companies are charging higher prices as the labor market tightens, states the company. According to the Linked… Read More

Real Estate Report: Typical UK House Prices have Surpassed £250K for First Time Ever

The Nationwide House Price Index for the UK reveals that the price of a typical home has exceeded £250,000 “for the first time.” As noted in a blog post by Blend Network, the annual house price growth “remained close to double digits for the sixth… Read More

Open Banking Implementation Entity to Strengthen Governance of Organization with Non-Exec Director Role

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) has announced that it’s looking to appoint an independent Non-Executive Director (iNED) to its Board. As mentioned in the announcement, Open Banking enables consumers and SMEs to share their bank account details in a secure manner with trusted third-parties… Read More

Global Fintech Klarna Launches Operations in Ireland

Klarna, the international retail bank, payments and shopping service with 90 million users across the globe, has officially launched operations in Ireland today. As mentioned in the announcement, Klarna will aim to empower Irish consumers with a better overall shopping experience and improved control, transparency… Read More

London based ekko, a Climate Change Focused Fintech, Introduces Eco-Friendly Debit Card

ekko has introduced its eco-friendly debit card, app and ecosystem, which aims to empower clients with making a positive difference in an effort to combat the damaging effects of climate change. When using ekko for everyday or typical activities such as shopping, banking, or settling… Read More

Real Estate Report: UK’s Annual House Price Growth Stayed in Double Digits in Sept 2021

The Nationwide House Price Index (in the UK) reveals that the annual house price growth remained steady in double digits for the fifth straight month in September 2021. However, it eased back to 10.0% from 11.0% in August, the Blend Network team notes. The UK-based… Read More

Accelerated Payments Tops €500 Million of Invoice Financing

Accelerated Payments has topped €500 million worth of invoice financing as it celebrates its fourth anniversary, according to a note from the Fintech.  The company also noted that it has expanded its UK office to support the increasing number of businesses that are grappling with supply… Read More

Branch Closures: Over a Third of Bank of Ireland Physical Branches have Closed Down Permanently

Over a third or more than 30% of Bank of Ireland branches across the nation closed down permanently on Friday (October 8, 2021). As reported by The Journal, clients at 88 physical Bank of Ireland branches across the country had been able to use their… Read More

P2P Lender Linked Finance Adds New Commercial Director

Peer to peer lender Linked Finance has appointed Richard Glavin as Commercial Director. Glavin is expected to support the growth of the lending portfolio which has grown to deliver over €166 million in loans to over 2,900 ambitious local businesses in Ireland. Glavin was previously… Read More

UK Fintech Modulr to Bring Fast-Tracked Financial Technology to Europe with Netherlands Expansion

Fintech firm Modulr has now opened business offices in the Netherlands, which will serve as “the springboard for its EU-wide expansion in 2022 and 2023.” Following steady business growth in the United Kingdom during the last 5 years, Modulr is expanding rapidly, putting significant investment… Read More

Loyalty App Provider loyalBe Launches Business Operations in Dublin by Offering Unique Rewards Program

Loyalty app provider loyalBe has officially introduced its business operations in Dublin, by launching its unique rewards platform for small businesses operating in Ireland, after forming key partnerships with payments giant Visa (NYSE: V) and Champion Green. loyalBe offers local companies or businesses with an… Read More

Assetz Capital Says they’re Providing Funding to Northern Ireland Market, where Mainstream Lenders are Not Meeting Requirements

Morgan McCandless, Relationship Director at Assetz Capital, a marketplace lending platform originating secured loans, reveals that he re-joined Assetz in June of this year, having previously worked on the Northern Ireland portfolio as a consultant, before the COVID outbreak. As a Relationship Director covering Northern… Read More

P2P Lender Linked Finance Reports Business Optimism is Back

Peer to peer SME lender Linked Finance says that business optimism is back to pre-pandemic levels even while the Delta/Mu COVID variants capture headlines. Linked Finance, operating in Ireland, reports in its inaugural Linked Finance SME Confidence Index, referencing research conducted by Behaviours & Attitudes, was… Read More

Ireland’s Ding, a Mobile Top-Up Service Provider, Sells Majority Stake to Pollen Street Capital

Ireland’s Ding, a mobile top-up service provider, has reportedly sold a majority stake to London-headquartered private equity firm Pollen Street Capital. As noted by its management: “Ding was founded to improve people’s lives by helping those with less gain access to more. As the number… Read More

P2P Lender Linked Finance Says on Track for Record Year

Irish peer-to-peer lender Linked Finance says it is on track for a record year, reporting the strongest monthly lending volume in the platform’s 7-year history, according to a note from the company. Linked Finance says it lent €5.5 million in July, more than 3X July… Read More

Small Business Fintech Paysme Announces £1M Raise from Private Capital Platform Globacap

Paysme, a Fintech platform for small businesses, has announced its £1 million round via the private capital platform Globacap in order to expand what the company claims is Europe’s very first B2B “Super App.” Paysme is working closely with payment service providers such as Barclays,… Read More

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to Use Mastercard Open Banking Merchant Payment Solution to Launch PayFrom Bank

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking will be utilizing Mastercard’s Open Banking merchant payment solution to launch PayFrom Bank. The solution allows people to carry out online payments directly from their bank accounts, giving customers more choice over “how they pay” while providing merchants with “instant settlement… Read More

Real Estate Report: Northern Ireland was Best-Performing UK Region, with Scotland, West Midlands Housing Prices Also Rising

According to the Nationwide House Price Index in the UK, the price of the average house in the country surged by 13.4% YoY in June 2021, which is the largest increase seen in more than 17 years – since November 2004, the Blend Network team… Read More

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