PPS, formerly PrePay Solutions and an Edenred company, announced on 28th April 2021 new partnership with leading Finnish accounting company, Talenom.
Listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange since 2015, Talenom provides commercial accounting and bookkeeping solutions across the Finnish and Swedish markets. Its traditional customer base is weighted towards medium size companies, but a strategic focus to increase Talenom’s reach into the SME marketplace has seen the company develop a self-service solution, named ‘Accounting Alex’, which combines accounting software with banking services. The move to supporting smaller businesses highlights Talenom’s commitment to the SME business sector which forms an important part of the European economic landscape.
With the support of PPS, Talenom is filling a gap in the market for alternative business financial services. Through the partnership, Talenom will now be able to integrate financial services into Accounting Alex including both physical and virtual Mastercard payment cards, a Finnish IBAN provided by PPS for all accounts, SPayments Association payments, and electronic bank account statements.
With the strengthened services to the Talenom platform, users can perform bookkeeping and banking services within the same application, a service that other companies in this space have been unable to do before. As a result of working with PPS, small businesses will be able to set up an account in minutes and enable savings on fees by more than 50 percent. This joint solution truly expands and adds value to SME businesses across Finland’s commercial landscape.
Otto-Pekka Huhtala, CEO of Talenom, commented: “Legacy banks in Finland are unchallenged, so we are motivated to offer entrepreneurs and SMEs more flexible and affordable financial services. Given PPS’ commitment to modernise the infrastructures in place for SMEs we knew they would be a great fintech partner for us to work with to achieve our goals. After just one phone call, we knew they believed in our vision, and together with Talenom’s enhanced product portfolio, the future looks very promising.”
Ray Brash, CEO of PPS, added: “We’re delighted to support this next phase of Talenom’s journey by providing SMEs with embedded financial services – this is something very close to our heart. Through the partnership we have bolstered our IBAN offering, and very much support Talenom in its future expansion into other geographies.”