Everyone get your party hats on, ‘cause we’re celebrating!
We’re incredibly thrilled to announce that we’ve won the second stage of the £5m Nesta Open Up Challenge!
Along with 9 other UK Fintechs, we’ve been highlighted as one of the most innovative Fintech businesses working hard to bring revolutionary new tools to UK small businesses through open banking.
The boss, Handle CEO, Olly Betts is grinning.
"I'm over the moon that we've been announced as a winner. It's a testament to the hard work of everyone at Handle that we've got to this position.
It's really exciting that the judges share our vision of enabling SMEs to supercharge their bank account to manage cash position, grow top line sales, compare and save money on their key expenses and always be finance ready by taking control of their credit score."
For you, our customer, it means that we’re going to be able to continue our accelerated progress, building a tool that makes your life easier and a lot less stressful.
Cash flow is the lifeblood of every small business, but what we've heard over and over again is that owners are getting trapped in the back office, anxiously monitoring cash, numbers and spreadsheets, instead of doing what they love. Running their business.
We want to change that.
We are working hard to help 'real' small businesses, not the hipster freelancers or the big businesses that want complex tools and analysis.
By supercharging Handle with real-time bank account information we want to give real small business owners, like you, the information you need, quickly and in an easy to understand way. You don't need to be an accountant or digital marketing expert you just want to make your business better.
We want to help set you free so you can do just that.
- Give small business owners an up to date cash position and prediction for the coming week, month and quarter.
- Provide real-time alerts on your account balance as money comes in or goes out so you don't need to keep checking.
- Help you save money by automatically comparing and finding you better deals on essential bills.
- Help you figure out what you could do to increase daily sales.
- Allow you flatten out any troughs in cash flow by always being finance-ready. Controlling, managing and improving your credit score.
- Build you personalised action plans so you can focus on what will have the biggest impact on your business.
So what's next?
The 9 largest banks should make their APIs live and available on the 13th January. We will be here, in the office, making sure that's happened so we can begin transforming Handle from the valuable tool, already used by thousands of business owners, to the single, vital app you can use anytime and from anywhere to get a handle on your business.
We’d like to thank all of our customers who have joined us on our journey so far and we hope you’re as excited about the future as we are.
If you want to be first in line to access the supercharged open banking beta version of Handle, you can sign up today by entering your email address below.
If you have any questions for us regarding our Nesta Open Up Challenge win or open banking itself, you can get in touch with us at [email protected].