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Mohammad Bin Rashid Fund Partners With Metis Consultancy To Support SMEs

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Fund (MBRF), a fund established by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to finance the UAE's youth and SME projects, has now set up a post-fund monitoring service for its portfolio companies.

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PayPal to Acquire Swift Financial
PayPal has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, a leading provider of working capital solutions to small businesses in the U.S. Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Swift Financial was established in 2006 to provide funding in order to support businesses. Since then, Swift has provided funding to thousands of growing companies in the U.S. through a...
National Australia Bank Builds SME Lending Features
The National Australia Bank (NAB) is looking to build business outside of home loans, mostly in SME lending. A recent report in The Australian revealed news that the NAB is adding new features to its small business lending unit, QuickBiz, in an effort to build market share. According to reports, NAB is rolling out an extension of the online...
Member News: Strands Expands in the United States with Huntington Bank on Board
Having collaborated on 600 product implementations with banks in some 36 countries to date, Strands’ rapid global expansion has now grown to incorporate an ambitious venture with U.S.-based bank, Huntington National Bank, reaffirming its presence in the North American market with the only fully-customizable digital money management solution in the...
Kenya’s biggest bank by customer numbers, Equity Bank, has closed 11 ATM lobbies, each of which had multiple cash dispensing machines. This is the lender’s effort to shift customers to alternative channels such as agency and mobile banking in a fresh cost-cutting strategy. Equity’s chief executive James Mwangi said ATMs require upfront capital...
Xero Goes Live with Capital One Credit Card Feed
Capital One, a major U.S. bank has partnered with Xero’s cloud accounting platform. The deal to allow Capital One’s credit card feed was signed in May, and went live last week. The goal for the partnership is to expand Xero’s presence with smaller banks and penetrate the smaller local markets, according to Ryan Himmel, financial partnerships lead...
Member News: Ripple Unveils Expanded Suite of Offerings
SME Finance Forum member Ripple has unveiled a new name for its global payments network and new solutions. RippleNet, the global payments network, has more than 90 customers and is undergoing more than 75 commercial deployments. The network’s digital asset, XRP, was listed by five new exchanges in the second quarter of this year, which resulted in...
BBVA Alipay Agreement
Chinese tourists in Spain now have another payment option when shopping retail. Spanish retailers will now support Alipay capability in their stores thanks to an agreement between Ant and Spanish bank BBVA. Before the deal, Chinese customers had to pay with a card. The Alipay application will allow them to scan a QR code, and BBVA will handle the...
Tide app founder
Tide, a digital-only banking app aimed at small businesses, has partnered with online lender iwoca, in a move to allow small companies access to loans of up to £100,000. Led by specialist fintech investor Anthemis, along with Passion Capital, LocalGlobe and Creandum, the company that backed Spotify, the startup raised $14 million. This is one of...
Fern Software
SME Finance Forum Member Fern Software, is serving a new client. Abacus core banking system which is provided by Fern, has signed with Ruby Hill Microfinance, a new microfinance entity in Myanmar. Ruby Hill was established earlier this year as a joint venture between Myanmar’s Loi Hein Group and Dragon Capital Group, a Vietnam-based asset manager...
Digital ways to pay - why should SMEs bother?
Is going digital for your payments really worth the hassle of changing over? IntegraPay CEO Chris Urry explains some of the benefits that digital payment services offer busy business owners. If someone had told you 10 years ago that we would be producing invoices on our phones, you would have laughed, especially when we were all working on...