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iZettle launches small business finance scheme Advance


iZettle is launching iZettle Advance. This will be a lending and financing service for European SMEs along the line of services already offered by iwoca, PayPal and Amazon. The development is made possible by a recent €60 million investment. iZettle users eligible for iZettle Advance will be pre-assessed for financing, so there are no forms […]

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World First and Meridian team up to help ecommerce sellers


World First and Meridian Global Services have today announced a partnership that will help cross-border online sellers with currency conversion and tax compliance. World First is known as a provider of international payments offering online sellers access to overseas bank accounts and competitive exchange rates when repatriating sales revenues. Meridian has more than 20 years’ […]

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PayPal UK Boss Cameron McLean talks about the future

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Have a read of this interview with the head of PayPal in the UK, Cameron McLean, and it’s obvious eBay isn’t something he’s thinking about much. That’s hardly a surprise: the two companies have split. PayPal is riding high on the stock market and the opportunities that do exist are greater off-eBay. You can read […]

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How will Euro/Sterling currency fluctuations affect your ecommerce business?


It’s clear that ecommerce SMEs with international concerns trading with the Eurozone and Transatlantic need to be ultra concerned with the fluctuations in the markets and currency exchanges we’ve seen this week. Luke Trayfoot of Worldfirst says: “We’ve seen some pretty remarkable developments in the currency rates in the last few days, and particularly on […]

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Samsung Pay coming soon with non-NFC support


Are you a retailer with a retail outlet or trade counter? Have you had anyone ask you if they can pay with Apple Pay yet? Not having an iPhone, I’m never going to use Apple Pay but I did see someone use it in Costa this week. They asked the assistant how it worked nervously […]

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PayPal acquire Modest for contextual commerce


Just weeks after splitting off from eBay, PayPal has splashed the cash for Modest, their first acquisition as a standalone company. Modest plays in a new area of shopping – contextual commerce. That’s where you’re on a site not specifically shopping but you come across a must have product and there’s a convenient button so […]

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55% off Hootsuite when you pay with PayPal


If you’re serious about using social media to promote and market your business, then there are a dizzying array of tools out there to help you optimimise and manage all your social activity. So if you needed any persuasion to use Hootsuite, this might be an offer you like. If you pay for an annual […]

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iwoca’s first TV advert now being broadcast

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When Christoph from iwoca (or more correctly who was planning to set up iwoca) and I first spoke, his dream was a company that would make it quick and easy for marketplace sellers to access finance. I’m constantly amazed at how much iwoca has grown since launching in March 2012, but seeing their first ever […]

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Barclays add payments to mobile banking app

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Barclays have launched a novel idea – the ability to pay someone new using the Barclays Mobile Banking app. One might have thought this was a pretty basic and simple function of mobile banking, but as a Barclays customer it’s long been a gripe of mine that I could only make payments through the mobile […]

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Airport VAT protests and CBT marketplace sales


High in the news headlines lately have been consumers at airports refusing to show their boarding passes so that airport retailers could reclaim VAT if they were travelling outside the EU. The issue isn’t so much against HMRC and VAT, it’s more as a protest against retailers not passing on the savings when VAT is […]

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