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Open Banking: Revolutionising Small Businesses in the UK

It's far easier to track and manage cash flow ...


Posted by Alison Mead on 18/12/2023 @ 8:00AM

Open Banking, also known as Open Finance, is a system that allows individuals and businesses to securely share their financial data with third-party providers through the use of Application Programming Interfaces, more commonly known as APIs ...

Open Banking has revolutionised how small businesses now manage their finances!

Open Banking has revolutionised how small businesses now manage their finances!

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This means that small business owners can now access their financial information from various banks and financial institutions in one place, rather than having to log in to multiple platforms. This not only saves time, but also provides a holistic view of their finances.

"It becomes far easier to track and manage cash flow!"

One of the key benefits of Open Banking for small business owners is the ability to make more informed financial decisions. With real-time access to their financial data, business owners can analyse their spending patterns, identify areas for cost-cutting, and plan for future expenses. This level of financial visibility was previously only available to larger businesses, but now, even the smallest of businesses can benefit from it.

Open Banking has also made it easier for small businesses to access funding. With the help of Open Banking, lenders can now make more accurate assessments of a business's financial health, rather than relying solely on credit scores.

This opens up opportunities for small businesses that may have struggled to secure traditional financing in the past. Additionally, Open Banking also allows for faster loan processing, which is crucial for small businesses that need quick access to funds.

"Another is its integration with accounting software
like Sage, Xero and Quickbooks!"

These integrations streamline the bookkeeping process for small business owners, eliminating the need for manual data entry and reducing the risk of human error. With real-time financial data automatically synced to their accounting software, business owners can save time and focus on other aspects of their business. This also means that their financial records are always up-to-date, providing them with accurate insights into their business's financial health.

Moreover, Open Banking has also enhanced the security of financial data. With the use of APIs, data is transferred directly between banks and third-party providers, eliminating the need for business owners to share their login credentials. This reduces the risk of fraud and data breaches, giving business owners peace of mind when it comes to their financial information.

Looking towards the future, Open Banking is set to bring even more benefits. As more banks and financial institutions join the Open Banking network, there will be greater access to a wider range of financial products and services, such as budgeting tools and financial advice. This will further empower small businesses to make better financial decisions and drive growth.

"Open Banking has revolutionised how small
businesses now manage their finances!"

As the Open Banking network continues to expand and evolve, we can expect to see even more benefits in the future. It's definitely time to embrace the art of Open Banking and take your business to the next level.

Until next time ...

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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about Open Banking for your small business, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01604 217365 and let's see how I can help you.

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About Alison Mead ...


Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.

She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.

Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.

You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!


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