WorldFirst’s multi-currency platform puts UK SMEs world in their hands

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WorldFirst, an international payments business, has unveiled its new World Account platform for UK corporate customers, providing a range of international banking services to SMEs trading overseas who find it difficult to access through traditional banks.

Financial innovation – a lifeline for SME funding

Katrin Herrling, Funding Xchange

Financial innovation is unlocking additional funding for small businesses that have been declined by their bank. Katrin Herrling, co-founder and CEO of Funding Xchange, explores.

UK businesses are frustrated by delayed business payments so where is the broken cog?

Why oh why does it take so long

Almost half (48%) of SMEs in the UK are frustrated by payments taking too long to reach their bank account, a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of ACI has found this week. The businesses surveyed also state that these delays are negatively affecting their ability to run their business. A third of the SMEs […]

Western Union launches digital B2B payments platform for SMEs worldwide, WU EDGE

Kerry Agiasotis, Western Union Business Solutions

Western Union Business Solutions has unveiled a brand new payments platform for SMEs, WU EDGE. The project has been 18 months in the making and is available to new and existing customers for free. WU EDGE is cloud-based, and is designed to be a single global payments tool for businesses worldwide. It will go live […]

Santander and Kabbage team for SME funding innovation


Santander and Kabbage are piloting an online tool to give UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access to same day funding. Announced today (4 April) at Money 20/20 in Copenhagen, SMEs can get access to new working capital of between £500 and £100,000 via an online process. At a media briefing, Sigga Sigurdardottir, chief […]

Efma and SAP partner for SME AppsBank Portal

Have SME apps to build or share? Efma & SAP are interested

Efma, an association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries, and SAP have launched a new online portal to help banks’ SME-related business. The portal – (unsurprisingly) hailed as “innovative” and “disruptive” by its creators – supports banks in developing new apps for their SME clients and also holds competitions to […]

Finnish SME banking specialist, Holvi, acquired by BBVA


BBVA has acquired Finnish online-only payments and banking services provider Holvi, as it seeks to expand its portfolio of digital businesses. Holvi will continue to be run as a standalone business, and Spain-based BBVA says there will be a “two-way flow of knowledge, ideas and support” between both parties. Teppo Paavola, chief development officer and […]

NYSE Euronext opens SME market in Netherlands

EnterNext will have a close focus on Dutch SMEs in Amsterdam

NYSE Euronext has launched EnterNext, a market for small- and medium-sized companies, in the Netherlands for the first time – a move the exchange says will help local SMEs to get the financing they need.

Indian SMEs in crosshairs at Western Union and IndusInd Bank

Mumbai-based IndusInd Bank and Western Union are targeting India's SMEs

India’s IndusInd Bank and Western Union have created a partnership designed to make foreign exchange and global business easier for SMEs in India.