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Insurtech Firm Coterie Insurance, Five Sigma to Create Long-term Value for Small Businesses

Coterie Insurance, the partnership-focused insurtech MGA simplifying small business insurance, announced a new partnership with Five Sigma, a claims management platform designed to streamline claims handling. The two companies are committed to “delivering innovation to simplify the insurance process across the value chain.” Morgan Smith,… Read More

UK’s OakNorth Bank Increases Support for Entrepreneurs with Business Banking Offering

OakNorth, a UK digital bank, says it has launched its business banking services, aimed at “helping mid-sized businesses (revenue of £1m-£100m) that are currently overlooked and underserved in the UK’s current financial landscape.” OakNorth is authorized and regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the… Read More

Singapore Small Business Owners Dip into Personal Savings, Raise Prices to Mitigate Increasing Costs – Report

Singapore small business owners are dipping into their personal savings, increasing their prices, and not paying themselves to mitigate rising costs and make a profit, according to a new report from global small business platform Xero. The report titled “Money matters: navigating the impact of… Read More

Mindaugas Mikalajūnas, CEO at SME Finance: Industry Exec Explains How Fintech Can Enhance SME Sector 

We recently spoke with Mindaugas Mikalajūnas, Cо-Founder and CEO of SME Finance, a Vilnius-based Fintech reinventing growth financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Europe. SME Finance aims to fill a gap left by risk-averse banks and high-cost alternative lenders. Led by Mikalajūnas with… Read More

Small Business Banking Satisfaction Surges as Digital Support Channels Improve – Report

Small business owners are more optimistic about the future than they were a year ago, with slightly more than half (54%) “saying their business is financially healthy, but inflation is still having a negative effect.” According to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Small Business Banking… Read More

Insurtech: NEXT Insurance Now Claims Half-Million Customers

NEXT Insurance, a digital small business insurer, achieved a marked milestone in reaching 500,000 active small business customers. Throughout NEXT’s journey as a digital insurer, its commitment to the small business community has “remained paramount, driving all aspects of its continued product innovations, partnerships, and… Read More

Fintech iwoca Report: UK Business Growth Remained Steady in H1 2023

Despite a challenging economic environment, 101 new businesses were created every hour across the UK in the first half of 2023, according to research by iwoca – one of Europe’s largest small business lenders. Analysis of Companies House data reveals “that over 436,000 businesses were… Read More

UK’s Smart Pension and Mercer Introduce SME Pension Solution

Smart Pension, one of the UK’s workplace pension providers, and Mercer, the global consulting and investments leader and a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE:MMC),  launch a new pension solution to meet the accelerating demand for modern retirement technology amongst the UK’s 5.5 million small and… Read More

NerdWallet, a Financial Platform for SMBs, Launches Credit Card

NerdWallet, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRDS), a platform that provides financial guidance to consumers and small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), announced the launch of its first financial product for consumers—NerdUp by NerdWallet—a secured credit card designed to help users build and improve their credit responsibly. NerdWallet identified… Read More

Markus Prommik of Finfra: Industry Exec Comments on Embedded Lending and the New Fintech Rules

We recently spoke with Markus Prommik, CEO and Co-founder of Finfra, a Fintech platform that develops white-labeled lending products for non-Fintech companies seeking to integrate financial services into their platforms. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Finfra not only provides practical embedded lending solutions to their clients… Read More

Visa Announces Savings Offers for Small Businesses Across North America

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) announced impactful Instant Savings offers for small businesses (SMBs) across North America, comprised of tools and resources aimed at enabling small businesses to grow and meet the expectations of their customers. Through the Visa SavingsEdge website, eligible Visa Small Business cardholders… Read More

Embedded Finance Being Leveraged By SMBs as Traditional Banks Fall Short – Report

Airwallex, a global payments and financial platform for modern businesses, announced a new global survey that revealed surging demand for cloud-based financial services “with more than 80 per cent of SMBs looking to switch away from traditional banks for their payment needs.” The report, jointly… Read More

UK’s Allica Bank Reveals a “Hidden” £7.5B Per Year Savings Penalty on Hard-Pressed SMEs – Report

Allica Bank claims that it is “exposing” a “hidden” £7.5 billion a year savings penalty on the country’s hard-pressed SMEs – and is calling “on the wider banking industry to give SMEs a better deal.” While the cost-of-living crisis has led to significant pressure on… 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

Government to Miss Inflation Target in 2023, UK Brokers Predict

The vast majority of SME finance professionals expect the Government to miss its target of halving inflation by the end of the year, iwoca’s Q2 2023 SME Expert Index finds. The new research, carried out with over one hundred SME finance brokers “who collectively submitted… Read More

European SME Lender iwoca Raises £200M Funding Line after Reaching £2.5B in Finance Lent

iwoca, which claims to be one of Europe’s largest SME lenders, announces a new funding line with initial commitments of £200 million from Barclays and Värde Partners. In January this year, iwoca secured “an increase and extension to its existing funding line, with long-standing partner… Read More

Small Business Loan Approvals Declined at Large Banks, Rose at Other Lenders in Sept 2023 – Report

Small business loan approval percentages at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) fell again, dropping from 13.2% in August to 13.1% in September, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index. Big bank lending to small businesses “has dipped every month since June 2022.”… Read More

Scottish Digital Bank Alba to Migrate to Mambu’s Cloud Banking Platform to Manage SME Lending Services

Scottish digital bank Alba Bank announced that it will migrate to Mambu’s cloud banking platform to manage its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending services, as well as its retail and business deposits. Alba bank has been approved for a UK banking licence. Alba Bank… Read More

UK’s Smallest Firms Could Generate £77.3B of Extra Revenue if They All Digitalized, Report Claims

The UK’s smallest companies could generate £77.3bn of extra revenue and create 885,000 new jobs if they “all digitalized at the rate of the top 20% of tech adopters.” This is according to new research from Xero, the global small business platform, and economics consultant,… Read More

Insurtech: Pie Insurance Appoints Audra Foglietta as Chief Financial Officer

Pie Insurance, an Insurtech company specializing in commercial insurance for small businesses, announced the appointment of insurance executive Audra Foglietta as the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Foglietta joins Pie during a pivotal period of growth—Pie claims it is one of the fastest growing… Read More

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