Mumbai, March 30, 2021: Tide, the UK’s leading business banking fintech, has tied up with RBL Bank to provide bank account infrastructure for Tide’s India platform, focused on the SME segment. This collaboration will enable Tide to bring its platform to the Indian market with a full-fledged launch. With one in 20 SMEs in the UK (equivalent to over 5% market share) using Tide to manage their business banking and administration, it has over 320,000 SME members.
Under the tie-up, Tide members – small and medium-sized enterprises – have an option to open current and savings accounts at RBL Bank through Tide’s platform. Through RBL payment APIs Tide members will be able to make seamless transactions from Tide’s platform.
Launched in 2017, Tide has a long-term ambition to be a leading player in markets accounting for 25% of global SMEs. RBL Bank’s geographical presence across the country, superior digital banking services, robust product portfolio in the SME space and an agile technical stack will allow Tide to quickly scale up its business in India. Apart from supporting the organised SME sector, Tide will also focus on serving the unregistered and unorganised sector, helping bring these SMEs into the mainstream. Tide plans to acquire 25,000 members in the next financial year and scale up to two million customers in the next five years.
Surinder Chawla, Head – Branch Banking, RBL Bank said, "We are excited about this strategic tie-up with Tide, that shares our mission of reaching out to the underserved segment. RBL Bank has agile technological capabilities and compelling customer offerings to help Tide build a strong foundation in the country and scale up its business. Together, we are passionate about delivering innovative and integrated services that will improve the overall banking experience for the SME segment."
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Oliver Prill, Tide CEO said, “We could not have a better banking partner than RBL Bank as we embark on the next stage of Tide’s journey, building a business financial platform to serve SMEs in the Indian market. RBL Bank offers industry leading banking, payments and security technology, giving Tide the foundations that will enable us to build the best possible service to help SME owners save time and money. With this partnership, we are ready to begin initial testing of Tide India, before entering into similar partnerships with other leading fintech providers to build our platform during the course of 2021”
Founded in 2015 and launched in 2017, London-based Tide is now the leading business financial platform in the UK. Tide helps MSMEs save time (and money) in the running of their businesses by not only offering business accounts and related banking services, but also a comprehensive set of highly usable administrative solutions. Tide has over 320,000 SME members in the UK (5% market share). Tide has raised over £100 million in investment from Anthemis, Augmentum, Creandum, Goodwater, Jigsaw, Latitude, LocalGlobe, Passion Capital, SpeedInvest and The SBI Group. It employs 500+ professionals worldwide, including over 150 in its Hyderabad technology centre, is LinkedIn’s top 10 hottest UK companies to work for and among the Sunday Times Fast Track Disruptors to Watch. Tide has a long-term ambition to operate in markets accounting for 25% of global SMEs.
About RBL Bank
RBL Bank is one of India’s fastest growing private sector banks with an expanding presence across the country. The Bank offers specialized services under six business verticals namely: Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial Banking, Branch & Business Banking, Retail Assets, Development Banking and Financial Inclusion, Treasury and Financial Markets Operations. It currently services over 9.08 million customers through a network of 403 branches, 1,344 business correspondent branches (of which 259 banking outlets) and 412 ATMs spread across 28 Indian states and Union Territories.
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