Despite it’s name, Open Banking is not directly, instantly available to everyone. Adding protection to consumers was one of the driving factors for its inception. It does however provide a framework for innovation and for individuals and small businesses to take advantage of APIs.
3 Million customers in the UK have used Open Banking. Despite this many small business owners have not heard of Open Banking.
Why is this? Well it’s mostly because banks don’t want you to know about the benefits!
What is Open Banking?
Open Banking is a secure way to give Third Party Providers (TPPs) access to your financial information.
Open Banking was created to protect customers and spur innovation in Banking and Financial services. Open Banking provides a number of benefits to small businesses.
Benefit 1: Accounting Imports
If you use Xero or other similar accounting packages you may already be using Open Banking in your small business.
Open Banking is what powers and secures these financial management tools access to your banking transactions.
There are also a number of innovative Financial Management tools being developed on top of Open Banking. These are known as Account Information Service Providers (AISPs).
Benefit 2: Payment Matching
Authorised Payments Institutions can initiate payments from your customers (with their approval) to your account. The payments are made directly by bank transfer from your customers account straight to your account.
These payments can be initiated with a reference chosen by you, on the date you chose, with the amount you choose.
This vastly improves your matching and reconciliation process, reducing time and effort on your bookkeeping.
In the UK These bank payments usually clear in around 10 seconds so can be suitable for POS style checkouts.
Benefit 3: No Chargebacks
If you are a business taking credit and debit cards there are some huge improvements available for your business in moving away from card payments to direct bank payments.
Chargebacks are payment reversals triggered by Customers who wish to reverse a Card based payment. Sometimes known as Section 75 these leave the Merchant spending hours arguing and proving they deserve the customers original payment.
With Bank Payments there are no chargebacks.
Benefit 4: Reduced Costs
As well as savings on costs incurred from fraud and chargebacks, small businesses can save by reducing their merchant services fees, as there is no need for Card Readers and POS Terminals.
Savings can also be made on individual payment fees too. With Open Banking there are often reduced merchant fees due to the reduced Fraud and absence of acquirer, MasterCard and Visa fees.
Open Banking can support very large payments too often at reduced fees when compared to Card based payments.
Benefit 5: Improved customer experience
Since its launch in 2018 the vast majority of Banks now offer a very slick Mobile Banking approval process.
While online banking payments often need a card reader and your personal login details, Mobile banking initiated payments use biometrics including face ID an thumb prints to secure and simply approve access and payments.
Unlike Paypal, which has recently had to introduce SMS text messages to approve card payments, Open Banking payments can be approved using your Mobile Banking app. This is because your Mobile Banking app has built in 2 factor Authentication using device identifiers and Face Id, thumbprint or pin.
In summary Open Banking makes for a slick, efficient payment experience that can save you time and money accounting for your payments, leaving you more time to spend with your customers.
Robin Morris @ Paydog.co.uk
Paydog Ltd is fully Authorised Payments Institution FCA no 934908
Paydog.co.uk offers immediate and recurring payment links and QR codes to SMEs powered by Open Banking.