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Conrad Ford among latest fintech vets to join Allica BankBreaking: Crowdcube and Seedrs to mergeItalian companies Nexi and SIA merge to form €15bn European payment giantBounce Back Loans saved SMEs, but more still needs to be done, say CEOs of alternative lendersZopa appoints former HSBC and Microsoft exec as CTOStarling launches online banking portal for personal and joint account holdersRevolut launches premium metal card for businessesCodat becomes a Microsoft partner to give banks easy access to SME financial dataMolo raises £266m in new funding to expand digital mortgage lendingGerman fintech Raisin teams up with investment platforms as expands SaaS offeringYolt Technology Services surpasses milestone of one billion API callsPret A Manger's coffee subscription platform provider Chargebee just raised $55mFintech Vauban on track to create funds and SPVs worth £1bn by Q2 2021Half of consumers using challenger banks to make digital payments, says surveyRevolut introduces smart subscriptions so users can easily cancel a subscription before the free trial runs outOakNorth and ComplyAdvantage team up to combat financial crimeLosses at Seedrs widen to £4.7m as it issues "going concern" warning over Covid-19AccessFintech bags $20 million Series B funding roundExclusive: Crowdcube and Seedrs CEOs on their merger and what the future holdsTikTok star Charli D’Amelio fronts new digital bank aimed at teenagersOut now! AltFi’s Alternative Lending State of the Market Report 2020Exclusive: Alternative lending growth was slowing before coronavirusSwedish fintech Northmill appoints chief commercial officer as looks to expandFreetrade launches its long-awaited Plus subscription with stop losses, limit orders and moreUK finance appoints David Postings as new CEO following Stephen Jones’ exit amid sexism rowMillennial investing boomed during the pandemic, says PlumTaxpayers could lose up to £26bn due to BBLS fraud and defaults, says watchdogPandemic is “perfect” time to launch a fintech, says co-founder of payments aggregator PrimerAssetz Capital closes £1.5m funding round with cash from the Future FundClearbanc touches down in the UK and promises £500m cash injection to Britain’s startupsExclusive: Most alternative lenders in Europe increased staff numbers during the pandemic, but UK lenders were most cautiousNew digital bank for the rich Monument secures restricted UK banking licenceState of the Market: European alternative lending near-doubled in 2019Landbay teams up with Primis Mortgage NetworkPaynetics buys slice of Wirecard UK and IrelandExclusive: Starling Bank eyeing new lending deals, potential acquisitionsGiving SMEs a boost with accessible financeExclusive: Over half of alternative lenders in Europe used government-backed job retention schemesState of the Market: Cumulative alternative lending reaches £25bn in UK, €14bn in EuropeEx-Barclays execs to launch digital bank for the (not yet) richOakNorth Bank dishes out over £1bn in new loans as it’s awarded additional CBILS allocation by the British Business BankLaybuy teams up with Manchester United in latest partnershipTandem brings Allium boss Paul Noble in as commercial chiefMoneybox and Plum among Nesta Challenge top winnerssync. eyes Middle Eastern domination as it expands into the regionPayPal vs Klarna: US payment giant launches rival ‘buy-now, pay-later’ serviceGoldex becomes first retail platform to adopt new gold trading standardsWirex closes £3.7m crowdfunding campaignTrading 212 picks TrueLayer to help power its investment platformZilch teams up with Credit Kudos to shake up credit assessment for buy-now-pay-laterTide now lets SMEs collect recurring direct debit payments with the help of GoCardlessStarling runs out of Kite cards as demand for child-friendly debit card skyrocketsSearch engine Ecosia opts for fintech push with wooden debit cardState of the Market: Alternative property lending reached £1.7bn in 2019, led by LendInvestFlux brings digital receipts to high street clothing giant H&MYolt CEO: We need to build trust, then we can look at making moneyCurve Credit picks Thought Machine’s Vault to power its platformExclusive: Jaja Finance swaps CEO following Bank of Ireland credit card migrationBUX joins forces with Yapily to bring open banking-powered investing to GermanyMonese and Mastercard enter strategic partnership to better serve the underbanked across Europe5 ways to make the most out of AltFi’s Festival of Finance 2020Exclusive: Funding Xchange sees SME lending ‘green shoots’Monzo launches latest subscription service Monzo PremiumThe Lending Boom ConundrumYolt launches spending account, card and redesigned app as it promises to help users save more moneyCapitalRise has now returned £32m to investors since 2016German fintech insha scoops €2.5m and sets sights on European expansionModulr scores European electronic money institution licence through Central Bank of Ireland partnershipAtom Bank teams up with SurePay to fight financial crime and misdirected paymentsNot pulling any punches: Manny Pacquiao swaps boxing gloves for fintechGoHenry launches new teen-friendly account as it promotes financial independence for teensFollowing fundraise, Wirex opens waitlist for its new multicurrency cardScalable Capital sees large data breachSales soar at Klarna rival Laybuy as buy-now-pay-later sector hots upTrueLayer heads down under as it begins global expansionIwoca pledges £220m to hard-hit businesses in the North of EnglandItalian fintech lender Credimi sees huge lending growth during coronavirus pandemicNordic banking challenger Lunar scoops €40m Series CMonzo vs Revolut: The battle for premium subscribersAnne Boden speaks for the first time about the coup which created MonzoAugmentum Fintech looks to raise £28m for more investmentsPrimaryBid raises $50m fundraise, plots global expansionPoll: SMEs’ top fear second wave (not Brexit)Curve ramps up Brexit planning with Lithuanian subsidiaryDon't miss: Anne Boden interviewed at the AltFi Festival of Finance 2020British Business Investments appoints Adam Kelly as new MDBrompton picks GoCardless to streamline bike hire serviceP2P lending during a recession – What the FCA expectsExclusive: CrowdProperty surges past £100m in lending following Covid-19 boomZopa’s long-awaited credit card is hereWealthtech provider Seccl bolsters its senior team with trio of hiresBrokerage provider DriveWealth scoops $56.7m Series C funding roundAssetz Capital bags £25m from British Business InvestmentsStarling Bank tops the tables for current account switchingStarling Bank CEO Anne Boden: Pandemic helping fintechs win customersDespite the pandemic global fintech financing runs highFunding Options and accountancy firm Cooper Parry join forcesYobota launches embedded finance for banks to spin out new brandsPPS picked to power Yolt’s first cardEx-Amazon business lending boss joins TrueLayer as product chief