Credit Suisse and KLARA expand their partnership for SMEs

Maria Nikolova

The Swiss bank and the Lucerne-based digital assistant are the first partners to get connected via the SIX platform “b.Link”.

Credit Suisse and KLARA have become the first partners to be connected via the SIX platform “b.Link”, allowing them to offer SMEs additional payment transaction applications, Credit Suisse has announced.

On top of the accounting solution that automatically communicates with relevant bank interfaces, KLARA is now using SIX’s standardized platform b.Link to send payment transaction data to Credit Suisse’s online banking platform easily and securely – with the client’s consent.

Credit Suisse and KLARA have already worked together in the pilot phase of the SIX open banking initiative, where they helped shape the development of the b.Link platform. As the first partners to be connected via this platform, the Lucerne-based digital assistant and the major Swiss bank now offer the option of transmitting payment transaction data and account information using b.Link. These additional applications are already available to SMEs.

As a central platform, b.Link now connects KLARA and Credit Suisse via standardized interfaces and thus ensures the exchange of account information and payment delivery data – easily and securely. This enables KLARA clients who provide their one-time consent in Credit Suisse Direct to use KLARA to access their account information or submit payment orders.

KLARA users have already been able to submit non-binding credit requests online to Credit Suisse since the spring of 2019. Even KLARA clients who do not yet have an account with Credit Suisse can now submit credit requests online. Once the relevant accounting information has automatically been entered, the SME will find out within seconds how much credit they can receive and at which interest rate. The SME is then given the opportunity to move seamlessly to the Credit Suisse online onboarding process and to digitally open a client relationship. Following successful onboarding, the client sees their credit application displayed in online banking and they can amend it as required or submit it directly online.

Renato Stalder, CEO of KLARA, commented:

“With the automated bank connection via b.Link, the reconciliation of accounts for joint clients will be carried out automatically from KLARA, and their payments will be transmitted rapidly and easily to the bank. This saves Credit Suisse clients considerable effort, enabling them to spend more time focusing on their core business.”

Anke Bridge Haux, Head of Digitalization & Products at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., added:

“We want to offer innovative solutions that simplify the lives of our SME clients. That is why we’re making these solutions available to them online – where there is a need and where clients benefit directly. This is precisely what the ongoing expansion of our partnership with KLARA allows us to do: SMEs can take care of their finances efficiently and seamlessly on a single platform – from online credit applications and the entering of payment orders to digital account opening – all from a single source.”

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