Insurance group acquires start-up referencing platform amid growth period

Mergers & Acquisitions | Midlands

Succession GroupBarbon Insurance Group has added the open banking data-powered tenant referencing platform Movem to its group of companies.

The acquisition, which completed 12 September 2018 for an undisclosed sum, will see Movem continue as a standalone business.

Barbon, trading as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, is the leading integrated tenant referencing and insurance specialist to the UK lettings sector, with more than 25 years of experience providing protection solutions to letting agents and their landlords and tenants.

Movem, led by founder and chief executive Peter Ramsey, is an innovative service which uses personal online banking transaction data to validate tenants’ financial means and payments history, which is central to the tenant referencing process.

Following completion of the transaction, Movem will continue to be led by Ramsey, who will stay on as CEO.

Martin Totty, chief executive of Barbon Insurance Group said: “Under Peter’s enthusiastic leadership, Movem has developed a platform which offers real possibilities to further enhance the tenant referencing process utilising open banking data.

“This is a major initiative that the government is clearly committed to driving forward and which ultimately will offer multiple applications across many sectors.

“We were especially drawn to the possibility of the Movem platform enhancing our referencing process in terms of improved fraud detection, sadly a growing problem for us all, whilst also having the potential to streamline the overall process.

“Movem has other developments planned which open up further exciting possibilities. Under Barbon’s ownership, we can support Peter and his business to take Movem to the next stage with the strength and security of a long-established industry provider behind them.”

Peter Ramsey, chief executive at Movem, added: “Even during our initial discussions, it became clear the mission and culture of Movem was a good fit with Barbon’s own ethos. Movem as a service will have access to more resources under Barbon to ensure we continue to develop and innovate further in this exciting new technology.

“Under its leading HomeLet brand, Barbon clearly understands this sector and sees Movem as a valuable addition to its range of solutions.

“Movem will continue on the same roadmap with the same team as a standalone business, now as part of a larger supportive parent group.”

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