UK challenger Starling Bank has integrated three new in-app products to its business banking platform.
Starling has managed to add messaging app Slack, energy switching service Bionic and health insurance provider Equipsme. This makes the total of available options for business customers to 26 business services. Starling has about 177,000 SME customers using its business platform.
Equipsme will offer customers affordable, flexible health insurance for businesses of all sizes with employees being able to pay to upgrade and add family members.
Matthew Reed, founder and managing director of Equipsme said: “Our integration with Starling makes it easier for more small businesses to offer practical and affordable health and wellbeing support for their teams.”
Slack is a popular team communication platform and it will give the bank’s business owners better visibility of their transactions in real-time.
Stuart Templeton, head of Slack UK said: “In March alone, Slack users nearly tripled the rate at which they integrate their tools in Slack, signalling that more people were getting work done with apps. Slack provides a central location where users can streamline all their tools in a place where they’re already engaged throughout the day. We’re thrilled to see Starling Bank bring this offering to their business customers.”
Bionic helps customers save money by switching their energy provider within two hours. Bionic’s 24/7 team of tech-enabled experts facilitate safe, affordable and speedy switching.
Paul Galligan, CEO of Bionic, said: “Given our respective focus on ensuring customer’s needs are placed first, I have no doubt that the Starling Bank and Bionic integration will be beneficial.”
Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, concluded: “These new Marketplace integrations are bringing added value to our business customers, helping them to save money on utilities, incentivise their staff with health insurance and sync their Starling app with Slack so their teams can enjoy real-time spending notifications wherever they’re working.”