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UK Business Activity Continued to Rise Across Nearly All Regions – Report

Business activity continued to rise across almost all UK nations and regions during April, latest Regional PMI survey data from NatWest showed. Just half of areas saw an increase in employment, however, with businesses “facing a sharp, wage-led rise in costs.” The PMI Business Activity… Read More

UK Businesses Report Increased Activity, As Business Confidence Improves

The latest NatWest Regional PMI survey showed business activity “growing across most parts of the UK in February.” Business confidence also generally picked up amid “a more broad-based improvement in underlying demand.” Labor market trends remained more varied, however, “with firms in most areas reporting… Read More

UK SMEs Record Solid Growth with Renewed Interest in Service Economy – Report

Business activity at UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expanded at the fastest rate for seven months in December, “led by renewed growth in the service economy.” Adding to signs of a steady turnaround in business conditions, new orders “stabilized at the end of 2023,… Read More

UK’s NatWest Introduces Digital Tool to Help Businesses Save Energy and Carbon

NatWest has launched an Energy Help and Support tool to help UK businesses reduce their energy usage, cut their carbon emissions and potentially “save money on their energy bills this winter.” Research from the bank has found “that 45% of small businesses say rising energy… Read More

UK’s NatWest Introduces Intellectual Property-based Lending to Support “High Growth” Businesses

High growth businesses generally own few tangible assets, but can be rich in IP and intangible assets, according to an update shared by NatWest Group. These businesses can find it difficult “to use their assets as collateral to secure growth funding, especially when compared with… Read More

UK’s TAB, the Real Estate Finance and Investment Firm, Completes Private Securitization Facility

TAB, the real estate finance and investment house set to have a £500m loan book in 2024, has completed a private securitisation facility with NatWest and Atalaya Capital Management of “up to £300m to support TAB’s lending products.” Both funding partners support TAB’s commitment to… Read More

Financial Crime: Majority of UK Adults Targeted by Scams – Report

The most common scams this year have been revealed – “with more than seven in 10 adults targeted by scams in the last 12 months, being hit on average three times each week – over 150 times a year.” Scams through digital platforms, social media… Read More

NatWest to Provide Transaction Categorization to UK Clients as Extension to Open Banking APIs

NatWest has launched a new transaction categorization service called Enriched Transactions, which is available to businesses, such as Account Information Service Providers (AISPs) and lending providers, to integrate with their apps and digital platforms. By making the API-enabled service available to businesses, NatWest claims it… Read More

UK’s NatWest Group to Appoint Richard Haythornthwaite as New Chairman

The Board of NatWest Group plc is pleased to announce that Richard Haythornthwaite (Rick) will succeed Sir Howard Davies as Chair, subject to regulatory approval. Rick will join the Board of NatWest Group plc as “an independent non-executive director on 8 January 2024 and following… Read More

UK’s NatWest Group Calls for Step Change in Banks, Fintechs’ Approach to Open Banking 

In a report published on ‘The (Unmet) Potential of Open Banking’, Oxera identifies the key economic obstacles that are “holding back the wider adoption of Open Banking and the development of new innovative use cases that go beyond the regulatory mandate.” NatWest Group commissioned Oxera,… Read More

NatWest Group Offers Incentive to UK Firms Switching Main Business Banking Account to NatWest

NatWest, which claims to be the UK’s biggest bank for business, is offering 24 months of free business banking to UK businesses “switching their main business banking account to NatWest.” The new SME switcher offer from NatWest for businesses “with up to £2m in turnover… Read More

Majority Acquisition of Pensions Fintech Cushon by NatWest Group Now Complete

NatWest Group has completed its acquisition of a majority shareholding in workplace savings and pensions fintech, Cushon. In February 2023, NatWest Group agreed “to acquire 85% of Cushon for £144m, with 15% retained by Cushon management.” This acquisition was subsequently “approved by the FCA in… Read More

NatWest Group to Provide £1B in Additional Lending to UK Manufacturing to Support Net Zero Transition

NatWest Group has announced that, from today, it aims to provide an additional £1 billion in lending to the UK Manufacturing sector by the end of 2030, aiming “to stimulate growth in the sector and help manufacturers invest in cleaner, more efficient forms of energy… Read More

NatWest Group, OneID to Make Digital ID Service Available to Businesses

NatWest Group is making its new Customer Attribute Sharing service available to businesses as “an embedded digital ID solution after signing a deal with identity service provider OneID.” The bank is rolling out the service, “in collaboration with OneID, across a wide range of use… Read More

NatWest Group to Acquire Majority Shareholding in Cushon, a Savings App

Cushon’s primary products are its workplace ISA and master trust pension – which offers an investment strategy “designed to drive down the financed CO2 emissions of customers’ investments.” It also offers Junior and Lifetime ISAs, as well as “a general investment account.” The intended acquisition… Read More

NatWest, Vodeno to Create New Banking as a Service or BaaS Business

NatWest Group plc has entered into a partnership with the Vodeno Group (comprising of Vodeno Limited and its subsidiaries) which will see the creation of a Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) business in the UK. This strategic partnership will “enable businesses to embed financial services products such as… Read More

NatWest to Work with Oak Engage to Enhance Internal Communications Process

Oak Engage is reportedly deploying NatWest Group with Adaptive Intelligence which went live recently as a way for firms to enhance their digital worker experience. The Newcastle-headquartered intranet technology company, Oak Engage, says that Adaptive Intelligence should assist firms with engaging with their workers more… Read More

GoCardless Offers Variable Recurring Payments

GoCardless now offers Variable Recurring Payments (VRP). GoCardless states that its service will enable developers etc. to incorporate VRPs as the deadline for VRPs nears. GoCardless is a direct bank payment solution that facilitates both both recurring and one-off payments directly from customers’ bank accounts… Read More

NatWest Introduces Confirmation of Payee API for Business Clients

NatWest has introduced an API that allows commercial clients to embed Confirmation of Payee into their own systems and processes. Confirmation of Payee was launched across the United Kingdom’s banking sector in June 2020 in order to combat scammers and safeguard against user errors. The… Read More

UK’s NatWest Group to Offer Variable Recurring Payments

NatWest Group has entered agreements with three payment providers – TrueLayer, GoCardless and Crezco – in order to offer Variable Recurring Payments (VRP) as “a new and convenient payment option for businesses and consumers.” This “industry first” means that NatWest Group will be the first… Read More

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