Digital bank challenger Cashplus has been granted a full UK bank licence by the Prudential Regulation Authority with immediate effect.
As a bank, Cashplus can use part of its £500m of customer deposits for lending and aims to provide £1bn of credit to UK small businesses to support the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery.
The firm, headquartered in London with operations in Liverpool and Birmingham, was founded in 2005 and has since served over 1.6 million customers with banking and lending services aimed at UK small businesses and consumers who are typically underserved by traditional banks.
The company generated c.£50m in revenues in 2020 and, in stark contrast with many other bank challengers, has recorded nine consecutive years of operating profit since 2012 while maintaining consistent revenue growth.
Founder and CEO Rich Wagner said: “Cashplus has reached this milestone at the moment when UK small businesses need us most. When we started out 15 years ago, we got first-hand experience of the pain that small businesses face when dealing with big banks.
“These same small companies will be crucial to the UK’s economic recovery and they will need a bank that takes them seriously, providing what they need to be successful. So, while big banks are slamming the door shut, we’ll be welcoming customers, opening up lending and delivering enhanced products to support them through the challenging months ahead.”
The firm also plans to attract existing business customers from competitor banks with innovative small business focused features, including payment tracking tools, significant savings on essential services such as payment processing – where it already offers savings of up to 50% over high street rivals through its Payment API product – and integration with all major accountancy platforms.
“We are manically focused on what customers really need. We don’t go in for gimmicks or flashy functionality for the sake of it. Instead, we look at simple, effective products with honest and transparent pricing. This discipline allows us to focus on the things that really matter, like having the data capabilities to underwrite new businesses that get turned away elsewhere. And, our no-exceptions commitment to sustainable products means that we are able to serve even the smallest businesses and provide what they need, say, a credit line as small as £500 for a laptop or some urgent supplies,” Wagner added.