Following news last week that Nationwide Building Society has invested in Ordo, AND Digital reveals that it is one of the key strategic technology partners behind the delivery of the new payments service.
The company, currently ranked 24th as one of Europe’s fastest growing tech companies by The Financial Times, has been developing its strategic partnership with Ordo since 2018, initially developing a proof-of-concept (PoC) mobile app for the FinTech startup.
Following the successful delivery and testing of the PoC within an Open Banking sandbox, Ordo has now enlisted AND’s technical expertise and specialist support across it’s digital offer. To support this long-term partnership and Ordo’s ambitious vision, AND now has an onsite, dedicated team developing all live Ordo apps and web experiences.
Simon Holden, Director at AND Digital, said: “We’re delighted to be a key partner supporting Ordo in the delivery of its important new service for businesses and their customers. It’s the kind of partnership we love - a client with a fantastic vision, deep expertise and ambition, matched with a shared sense of collaboration and partnership. We believe that Ordo’s knowledge of the payments sector and customer payment needs, combined with AND’s technical craft and digital product expertise, will make for a winning team.”
Ordo protects businesses and their customers from invoice and payments fraud by allowing businesses to simply and securely send payment requests (known as ‘smart requests’) directly to their customers via the Ordo app - the iOS version of which will be the first product delivered by the joint team from Ordo and AND Digital. The customer is immediately notified when they have received a smart request which they can subsequently view, and, when they are ready, quickly and easily make payment through the app. Ordo uses Open Banking and Faster Payments to make the payment, bank account to bank account, meaning businesses get their money instantly and customers know where they are with their finances in real time.
Craig Tillotson, CEO and co-founder of Ordo, said: “AND Digital has been a valued partner since we established our business, and a great set of people to work alongside us as we bring Ordo to market. We believe that our collective efforts, alongside our other investment, distribution and technology partners, can make a real difference for the UK’s businesses and their customers, using financial technology to reduce fraud, lower costs, and put everyone back in control of their payments.”
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AND Digital accelerates the development of world-class digital capabilities. The go-to digital enablement partner for global organisations including BA, Diageo, Whitbread, Taylor & Francis and the Telegraph Group, AND Digital empowers organisations with the ability to build digital products AND grow their internal capability along the way. To achieve this, the company blends technical craft and digital product expertise with an award-winning learning and development ethos.
Ranked 15th nationally and 3rd in the North of England in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies, AND Digital is also rated as one of The Next Web’s Top 5 fastest growing UK tech companies. AND Digital operates through an innovative series of nimble, Agile ‘Clubs’ across the UK in London, Leeds, Manchester and Halifax - offering a flexible and highly responsive service to clients. For more information, please visit: www.and.digital
Ordo is the trading name of The Smart Request Company Ltd, a FinTech established in 2018 to bring to market a secure messaging and request for payment solution. Ordo and Ordopay are trademarks of The Smart Request Company Ltd.
Ordo’s Purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of SMEs, consumers, public, private and third sector organisations by helping everyone be more in control of their money coming in, and bills and expenses going out. It enables: payers to simply, swiftly and securely see what they’re being asked to pay, trust who’s asking, and choose when to pay; billers to simply, securely, and cost effectively send the information their customers need, without sharing private financial information; and billers to understand the status of their bills and payments, with their money going straight into their account, cost-effectively and instantly.
Ordo have applied for funding from Pool D of the Alternative Remedies Package Capability and Innovation Fund, which aims to improve the financial products and services available to UK SMEs. A successful bid will mean that Ordo can accelerate the development and roll-out of it’s financial technology to SMEs, delivering Ordo’s benefits more quickly to UK small businesses and their customers.
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