Starling Bank adds trio to business marketplace

Starling Bank has expanded its business marketplace with the introduction of three new partners – Molo, Underpinned and PayStream.

The trio of new partners take the total number of integrations available in the bank’s marketplace to 24, all of which link with customers’ accounts and data, and are accessible via Starling’s banking app.

Chief executive and founder Anne Boden said: “Today’s entrepreneurs have grown accustomed to operating in a world where digital services are crafted around their particular needs – they expect the services they are offered to match closely with their business types, locations, and customer demographics.”

Molo’s goal is to simplify the process of getting a buy-to-let mortgage by cutting out intermediaries such as brokers.

Chief executive and co-founder Francesca Carlesi said: “Making easier, faster, fairer mortgages available to as many people as possible is something we’re truly passionate about, and having the support of Starling, an organisation creating such positive change in the industry, is invaluable.”

UnderPinned gives the UK’s two million freelance workers in-app access to its Virtual Office, providing digital tools to design portfolios, proposals and to create e-contracts.

Chief executive and co-founder Albert Azis-Clauson, said: “UnderPinned exists to help freelancers build sustainable and fulfilling careers and by joining the Starling Marketplace, we’ll be able to improve the working lives of thousands more freelancers through our online platform.”

Finally, PayStream provides digital accounting services for contractors, with managing director Paul Malley stating: “What makes us unique is that we identify customer needs and then develop services to satisfy those needs – our new IR35 review service is no exception and is our latest innovation, helping customers impacted by the IR35 tax rules as a result of the new off-payroll working legislation due to come in this April.”

Like all partners, the new entrants are covered by the Starling promise of no hidden mark-ups, so account holders pay the same as they would if they went direct to the provider.

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