Acknowledge that bank closes £ 14million ($ 18million) financing round



Recognize Bank, a British challenger that focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), closed a £ 14million ($ 18million) funding round. This amount allows Recognize to meet the minimum capital requirements set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), thus helping to clear the

operate with limits on the acceptance of deposits.

The bank, which offers a range of loans to SMEs, plans to roll out deposit products when the PRA lifts its restrictions. It will launch personal savings accounts in the coming weeks and launch the equivalent for businesses later this year.

Recognize was founded in 2018 and after receiving limited authorization, made itself available to potential customers in November 2020.

The bank has defined a pair of growth objectives for both its SMEs and its retail banking services:

  • Issue loans worth £ 1.3 billion ($ 1.67 billion) to more than 5,000 SMEs over the next five years. As of November 2020, the bank said it had received loan applications worth £ 750million ($ 962million).
  • Reach 50,000 corporate and personal savings customers over the next five years.

In the UK, SME-focused banking players are competing fiercely in the space Recognize seeks to enter:

  • Starling won accolades this summer, including finish first for business banking services in an investigation supported by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and winnerfour British Banking Awards which include the best provider of business banking services. The neobank also announced that it started to generate monthly profit in October 2020 and is on the right track to achieve annual profitability for the current financial year.
  • Barclays is partnership with insurance provider Simply Business to help SMEs obtain coverage. The deal is the latest from the historic bank, after partnerships to offer SMEs services ranging from pensions to bill financing.
  • Tide offers a paid billing product this Automatically detects late payments and provides insurance against non-payment.

As Recognize ramps up its operations in the crowded domestic market for SME banking, it will need to look at both

and established banks.

The bank can use two of its strengths to stand out:

  • It has a network of regional footprints – he calls them hubs – which offer personalized assistance to SMEs, which recognize touts even though the incumbents have reduced their physical presence.
  • The bank’s inaugural lending product line is respectable in scope, variant from working capital loans to loans for professional firms, such as lawyers and architects.

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