Butter raises £15.8m in its latest funding round
The UK fintech Butter has rai sed £15.8m in its latest funding drive.
The London-based Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) enterprise will use the funding to roll out its services to a wide market.
The funding round was led by BCI Finance as well as several other private investors. Butter, which was originally created as a travel agency solution but has diversified into a BNPL open banking based shopping platform.
Emerging as an FCA regulated entity in 2017, the fintech was conceived when its founders, Nik Haukohl, Stefan Hobi and Timothy Davis pooled their ideas in terms of solving the inflexible payment options for holiday planners. The company has grown since then, into a fully fledged flexible payment solution for all transactions.
COVID-19 strategy shift
The fintech came into its own following the COVID-19 crisis, which hit the travel industry. Butter used its agile business model and service solutions to adapt their technology and cover transitions from all online stores.
The company now has more than 100,000 users and provides BNPL installment services - making it an alternative payment solution.
Butter’s co-founders say the fintech’s primary aim has been to provide a responsible alternative to credit cards and loans. However the pandemic-led global economic crash resulted in the company widening its service offering and launching the UK’s first BNPL shopping app.
New BNPL service
Butter co-founder and CEO Timothy Davis explained, “We want to remove the stigma surrounding the buy now pay later offering and empower consumers by allowing them to budget and spend intelligently and in a manner that suits their individual financial needs.”
He added, “We’ve set out to achieve this by building a platform focussed around transparency, responsible lending and the ability to transact on bigger ticket items compared to other providers, whilst also offering more choice to customers through our unique over-the-top solution, which enables consumers to shop any online store in existence with Butter.”
Speaking about the new capital injection, BCI investment manager Paul Maurici said, “With its FCA authorisation al ready in place, the business is well placed to continue strong growth while assisting its customers in managing their money better.”
Tink partners with Novalnet AG for open banking payments
The Munich-based fintech Novalnet AG, which was founded in 2007 and is one of Europe’s leadingfintech companies, has announced a new partnership with Tink, the Swedish open banking platform currently connected to more than 3,400 European banks.
Novalnet AG delivers payment solutions and fully automated services, from checkout to debt collection. Its solutions are also available worldwide.
According to reports, the fintech company plans to launch a real-time payments feature for merchants across Europe, to expand its current services and enhance the transaction experience it operates through its platform.
The new feature, says Novalnet, will revolutionise payments for ecommerce with transactions being credited to merchant’s accounts almost instantly.
Novalnet partnership with Tink
By partnering with Tink for payment initiation services (PIS) technology, Novalnet will take previous region-specific payment methods and offer a new unified digital payments service to its merchants across Europe.
The fintech’s real-time merchant payments feature, which will be launched initially in Germany and the United Kingdom, will then be integrated across other European markets during 2021.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Emmanuel Kirse, COO of Novalnet, explained, "We expect great things from our strategic partnership with Tink, which is a significant development for both parties.
“With Tink, Novalnet can offer a new set of open banking-related solutions in Europe. The new opportunities offered by this partnership will help both Tink and Novalnet grow together, along with our merchants."
Cyrosch Kalateh, Regional Director for the DACH region at Tink said, “Our partnership with Novalnet is a big step for Tink in the German market, and we are excited to work together to bring new, innovative payments services to merchants across Europe.”
He added, “At the end of 2020 Tink committed to expanding its payment initiation services from five to 10 markets, fuelled by an €85mn investment round. We are proud to add Germany to this list by announcing we have now fully launched Tink’s PIS services in this market.”
Image credit: Novalnet AG