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Banking Circle maintains ambitious growth trajectory in 2021

Banking Circle, the Payments Bank for the new economy is reporting a significant uplift in its performance in 2021 as it continues to help Payments businesses, Banks and Marketplaces access global cross-border payments, accounts and liquidity management that enables their business customers to transact more efficiently both locally and internationally.

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Salt Edge report: Top 5 use cases for B2B companies powered by open banking

Open banking is a global phenomenon created to boost innovation, competition, and efficiency by combining the strong points of both fintechs and banks. Here at Salt Edge, we’ve analysed thousands of demo requests and the actual experience of our clients to qualify the most spread and with the highest-potential open banking-powered use cases. Having discovered insightful findings, we are excited to share them with you in our latest report: Top 5 use cases for B2B companies powered by open banking.

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Often during an acute crisis, people need help urgently. Many financial organisations struggle to launch secure and easily distributed payment methods fast enough. Cash isn’t accepted everywhere, it can be expensive to handle, it can create additional paperwork, and there can be a risk of the money getting into the wrong hands. 

Enfuce’s First Aid Card helps NGOs and other aid organisations in their day-to-day work to support people in need of urgent financial help. It’s fast and safe, and helps to maximise the impact of the aid by giving the organisation full control of how the money can be spent, and by whom. Enfuce takes care of everything else. Enfuce First Aid Card is powered by Visa.

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Cybercrimes Threat in the Payments’ Sector

In a changing world where businesses and their employees have grown used to working from home, it’s no surprise that cybercrime is on the rise and business email compromise remains the dominant type of cybercrime. According to sources*, cybercrime losses increased by 64% in 2021.

Join us on Thursday, 26th May at 11 AM GMT to learn about the current and future cybercrime threats and methodologies. During the webinar, Alex Beavan, our head of Fraud Training, will cover the following topics:

– Current cybersecurity threat and statistics
– Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams and stages
– Real fraud scenarios, cases, and prevention techniques
– How we tackle payment fraud at WUBS

Source: *FBI IC3 data

Register here: https://bit.ly/3yOVRa2

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Swipen continues its winning streak!

The Swipen team made their way to London on 5th May for The Card & Payments Awards. We attended the event as a Category Finalist for the Best Payments Industry Newcomer award. The Card & Payments Awards recognise success and innovation within the payments industry from a diverse range of corporations. Winners are chosen by an experienced and completely independent panel of industry experts.

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Orenda and Stripe Team Up To Create a Formidable Force in the Global Payments Landscape

Orenda Finance announced today it has been selected to use Stripe’s new Beta APIs for Financial Accounts, allowing for a flexible payments system on a reputable platform. This will allow clients to reach further afield across borders in various industries, giving them the environment to easily expand their business reach by doing financial transactions between countries seamlessly.

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Interview with Anastasia Tenca, COO Noda Pay

Noda was launched in a private beta mode in Summer 2021. Company’s core area is Open Banking solutions for online services. Noda focuses on direct communication with online merchants, and instantly searches for new ways to apply Open Banking technologies in different fields to help e-commerce businesses grow and evolve. During the first year, we grew the team from 5 to 20 people, contracted with the first few merchants and polished the technologies and processes. As we see the increasing demand and specter of possible Open Banking applicability, we keep growing the muscles on product and sales expertise, with a high attention to both merchants and end-users online experience. For the moment, we quite fully covered our UK and European connections. So we are currently active in two areas:

Expanding the geography of connections – this year we plan to connect to the banks in Canada, Australia, and ASEAN countries. Next year, as soon as local banks are ready – USA, Latin America, Africa

Optimization of “Sign in via Bank” functionality – we are actively exploring technological and legal opportunities to increase the value of the service for merchants by providing them with the functions of benchmarking potential customers based on financial information. This will allow us to offer the most relevant products and services in the future, and optimize the Customer Experience for end-users.

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How Fable Fintech has transformed Bahrain’s leading telecommunications company Batelco, by enabling money transfer through the use of its automated cross-border payments platform

Bahrain Telecommunication Company – Batelco – has an impressive track-record of transforming its international money transfer services. In order to help Batelco integrate with Mastercard’s Transfast, Fable Fintech’s Growth Suite provides innovative technology and infrastructure support alongside Finleap. Fable’s Growth Suite offers its customers the unique opportunity to provide their own, white-labelled, cross-border payments system which incorporates a variety of methods. As a global banking infrastructure Company, Fable Fintech is ready to exceed that which banks can offer in ensuring the seamless movement of global payments. Batelco required speed, security, compliance, digital readiness and control; this is the story of the way in which Fable Fintech’s Growth Suite was able to meet those challenges.

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Whitepaper: Born in the cloud

Uncovering the key questions and decisions that make a Payments-as-a-Service platform an increasingly viable option for banks looking to future proof their payments capabilities.

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Neil Harris, CEO of b-yond and The Payments Association Advisory Board Deputy Chair takes up role as Group CEO of Pannovate

Neil Harris, CEO of b-yond and The Payments Association Advisory Board Deputy Chair takes up role as Group CEO of Pannovate.
Pannovate is a leading TechFin focused on the delivery of Banking and Payment products and services through a suite of full-stack omni-channel digital solutions.
Prior to this new appointment, Neil Harris, was leading the global business growth for Global Processing Services (GPS) since 2017, and in his new role will support the next phase of growth for Pannovate

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Currensea Partnering with Rafiki Thabo

We are delighted to be supporting the Rafiki Thabo Foundation. As we look to give more travellers in the UK the chance to save money, it is really important to Currensea to allow them to also give back to causes they are passionate about! Rafiki Thabo is a charity run by passionate individuals who are making a difference and this really resonates with Currensea. We are excited to see how we can help them continue to make life-changing differences to amazing individuals and communities in Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda.

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Monet unveils Weavr-powered creator finance platform

London-based revenue management Fintech, MONET, is proud to announce the beta launch of its revenue-based lending platform with dedicated Creator Business debit cards and accounts for creators, providing infrastructure that is a world-first in its field.

The platform is facilitated by embedded finance specialist Weavr, using their technology to provide business banking and payments infrastructure.

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Noda Pay: What businesses need to know about open banking

Open Banking is the concept of sharing banking information outside the bank. Historically, data and actions with funds are only available to the funds owner and his bank. Open banking introduces the concept of the Banking Consent, when the funds owner allows some third party provider (TPP) to read his bank’s data – such as account information, balances transactions, etc.There is also a payment initiation option, which allows TPP’s to create new payment methods without any intermediaries – such as card schemes (Visa, Mastercard) and wallets (PayPal, AliPay).

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Noda Go is up and running. Why Does it Matter?

Well, Noda Go makes it possible to register a user and fully verify their bank details, and even receive a payment/deposit, in just a few clicks. Noda Go is lightning fast and very easy to use. Our solution means the user doesn’t need to fill out loads of details because we receive all the necessary data directly from the bank. That means your client can quickly and safely spend money on their favorite service.

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Buy now, pay later: lending for the digital age

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) ubiquitousness is unparalleled these days and resembles a behavioural change that we haven’t seen in finance since the arrival of credit cards – a business model that BNPL is now challenging in a big way by putting greater purchasing power in the hands of a younger demographic.

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How to Develop World Class Payment Professionals

While the classic four Ps are important, the real difference-maker is outstanding service. Your employees’ engagements with prospects and customers not only drive sales but also spur the most powerful marketing tool in existence: word of mouth.

There’s no shortage of advice on how to develop a world-class payment team. That said, the most impactful and eye-opening principle we’ve ever heard is:

Do unto your employees as you would have them do unto your customers.

Unfortunately, cultivating a high-performance team is not as easy as it sounds. That’s why we’ve outlined how fintech leaders can approach this challenge by looking inwardly at their internal processes.

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Evaluating Access and Settlement Models within the NPA

Upgrading the UK’s interbank payments infrastructure to align it with a growing digital agenda is an increasing necessity, and through The New Payments Architecture this project is well underway with many banks and Fintechs now in the process or assessing its impact.

But with this new way of organising the clearing and settlement of payments being at the forefront of payment innovation, a conversation is emerging around the types of access model and settlement models that will be supported.

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Global Processing Services names Simon Stanford as Chief Revenue Officer

Leading global payment technology platform GPS, the trusted go-to payments processing partner for today’s leading fintechs, including Revolut, Curve, Starling Bank, Zilch, WeLab Bank and Paidy has today announced the appointment of Simon Stanford as Chief Revenue Officer.

• Simon joins GPS from global online payments platform Worldpay where he was Senior Vice President Group Executive for the EMEA region and led a commercial team of over 450 people. He has more than 20 years of commercial experience, predominantly gained at global technology and telecommunications businesses including Samsung Electronics and O2 (Telefónica UK).

• He will sit on GPS’s global executive committee and lead the company’s global commercial, partnerships and customer relationship management, and marketing teams with a focus on developing GPS’ global partnerships ecosystem, marketing and brand strategy, and driving revenue growth worldwide.

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Transact365 Appoints David Lambert as CEO

An original co-founder and former Commercial Director at Transact365, Lambert will oversee the fintech’s expanding merchant customer base and card schemes. He will also work closely with the rest of the senior management team to expand the business into new markets and take advantage of new opportunities in the fast-evolving payments landscape.

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Azimut chooses Salt Edge to bring millennials closer to investment

Azimut, the largest independent asset manager in Italy and one of biggest in Europe, through its subsidiary Azimut Investments, has teamed up with Salt Edge, a leader in providing open banking solutions, for powering its newly-launched investment mobile app – Beewise in Italy, to allow users to aggregate account information and initiate payments straight from their smartphones in a secure and frictionless manner.

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The Adaptiveness of SEPA in the Digital Banking World

SEPA is a cashless payment digital banking system where you can electronically make euro transactions across countries in 36 EU & EEA states throughout Europe. It’s just one of the convenient financial services Orenda Finance offers, making cashless payments from one bank account to another between European countries more effortless than ever before.

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Now Hiring a UK-based Marketing Manager!

Are you a marketing professional with a love for security and storytelling? Okay is looking to expand our marketing team with a UK based Marketing Manager that can help us communicate a complex product in a simple way.

In this position, your main responsibility is leading all marketing and growth efforts. The focus will be creating content and running awesome campaigns across platforms and with partners. Experience in the industry preferred but not required.

Apply at okaythis.com/careers

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