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B-North works with Mambu and nCino to build future-proof SME bank

B-North, the Manchester-based firm building an SME lending bank for the UK, has selected Mambu, the SaaS banking engine, to provide its core banking technology. 

Mambu and nCino will collaborate to integrate Mambu’s core banking engine with nCino’s cloud-based loan and deposit origination platform. Delivering the first seamless deployment of both providers’ solutions for business lending.

This new platform will allow B-North to process loans at speed and deliver a highly efficient, “minimum hassle” service to its SME customers. It will future-proof B-North’s infrastructure, reducing the time required for further development and also deliver B-North with valuable data insights.

This strategic integration further underpins the development of B-North’s proposition and marks another milestone for its cloud-based banking service, which combines market-leading technology with experienced, empowered regional lending teams - based in pods – the first of which is due to open in Manchester next year. 

This highly localised and technology-enabled model will allow loans to be made available to SMEs in as little as 10 working days.  Typically, traditional banks process loans centrally across different departments, a process which can take three to four months to complete.

Jonathan Thompson, B-North co-founder and CEO, said: “This three-way relationship neatly highlights our fintech-enabled model. B-North unlocks real benefits by harnessing the best technologies and combining them with our unique regional origination approach.

"We aim to facilitate SME lending, with market-leading technology and lead times, and to give our customers the best of the traditional and the modern. We look forward to building our relationship with Mambu and nCino to deliver maximum benefit to our future customers.” 

Ewan Hutton, B-North CTO, said: “The advantage of creating a new bank without legacy systems or legacy business processes is we can design the solution around our customer’s needs and leverage the very best cloud-based technology. Mambu have already proved their engineering capabilities with their core banking solution in the marketplace and for B-North it is a perfect fit versus traditional solutions that are over-engineered legacy designs with recent front-end face-lifts." 

Eugene Danilkis, Mambu CEO, said: “As the leading SaaS banking engine, Mambu is committed to enabling access to modern financial services for all. The UK SME sector holds significant potential for growth and we see that B-North has a wealth of first-hand experience in this sector and are building a business with the needs of SMEs in mind. Together with nCino and B-North, our technology will enable SME borrowers to obtain lending in a fraction of the time it currently takes, meaning business owners will have more time to do what matters – developing their businesses – without having the long wait for funding."

Jacqui Morcombe, nCino area vice president, said: “B-North is taking a progressive approach to its technology strategy. By building a foundational cloud-based architecture - with nCino and Mambu at the centre - B-North is establishing itself as a customer-centric institution keen on delivering exceptional new services to SMEs quickly and without the constraints of inflexible systems as market pressures shift. Not only will this operating model provide a true competitive advantage, B-North will be able to better meet regulatory demands for greater transparency and nimbly address evolving standards for customer service and delivery.”

Neina Sheldon
Article by Neina Sheldon
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