14 April 2019

Dublin & Cardiff  – April 15th, 2019  

Fast growth fintech company snapped up by leading software provider

Vision Blue, the leading provider of compliant software solutions for the Credit and Debt Recovery sectors, has acquired Cardiff-based fast growth fintech company SamePage Group, a pioneer in fully-digital Loan Origination software platforms, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition of SamePage by Vision Blue comes after the success of a recent strategic partnership which saw both companies deliver a full lifecycle Loan Origination and Account Management System (LMS) for the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).

Since it was established in 2017, SamePage has quickly made a name for its dynamic, cloud-deployed loan origination platform which is transforming the consumer lending journey and delivering significant improvements in the financial services sector.

The addition of SamePage to the Vision Blue portfolio gives the Dublin-based company access to an experienced team of financial services experts and best-of-breed technology, which will enable it to deliver superior lending solutions and consultancy services to the lending market both within the UK, Europe and overseas.

Colin Brown, Managing Director at Vision Blue said; “Lenders are increasingly transitioning from cumbersome and inflexible legacy lending platforms to newly developed digital cloud-based solutions utilising current technologies and methodologies.

“SamePage’s entirely digital application and loan management solution enables customers to quickly deploy and easily maintain their lending products and processes whilst adapting and meeting regulatory requirements.

“The addition of SamePage to the Vision Blue portfolio now sets a new benchmark for ease of use, flexibility and rapid deployment.

“This is a really exciting acquisition for us, expanding our market reach and giving us immediate access to proven technology and market experts to deliver clients a leading end to end loan management platform.”

SamePage will continue to be based in Cardiff and will expand their current business and technical resources to build on the success of the business.

Robert Evans, Product Director at SamePage added; “We are delighted to be joining the Vision Blue team; doing so will enable us to strengthen our products, services and team while leveraging substantial business and technical resources already available within the group. Ultimately, we are all about delivering value to our customers and being part of Vision Blue significantly improves our ability to do just that.”

This is the latest deal by Vision Blue, who invested in Canada-based UBERbase in December 2018, as part of plans to become a leading international software provider.

Greenaway Scott acted for SamePage in the deal, while Eversheds (Cardiff) acted for Vision Blue.

About SamePage

SamePage is a Cardiff-based financial technology business who are redefining the standard in software development and implementation within forward thinking financial service organisations.

Their comprehensive platform is designed to originate financial products, particularly loans, rapidly and extremely cost effectively. The cloud-hosted origination platform supports the entire origination lifecycle – from quotation to application, automated decisioning, through to fulfilment – across all platforms and devices.

Similar to Vision Blue, SamePage is driven by an ambition to simplify and de-mystify the over-engineered approach to developing and implementing software in financial business environments.

About Vision Blue

Vision Blue is the market-leading personal insolvency provider in the UK, managing over 70% of active personal insolvency cases and supporting over 200 clients. During 2018 Vision Blue further expanded into the Loan Management sector and, with the acquisition of SamePage, is now strongly positioned to deliver strategically focused growth within this marketplace.

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25 March 2019

March 2019

 UK fintech SamePage chosen to ‘revolutionise’ Green Deal loan market

A new fintech software company set up to transform the consumer lending journey has “revolutionised” access to environmentally friendly home improvement loans for the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).

Cardiff-based start-up SamePage was chosen by the GDFC, originally a Government scheme and now a privately-owned green fintech lender supporting homeowners to invest in renewable energy and products, to create a new online loans applications system.

SamePage, which was set up in 2017, was chosen to partner with GDFC to develop a dynamic platform that would deliver efficient application processing, with effective and consistent credit decisioning and underwriting, in a bid to improve its customer service.

Utilising its experienced team of financial services experts, coupled with its unique mix of modern digital and adaptable software, SamePage delivered a highly-automated process, simplifying and speeding up the entire loan application process.

The dynamic platform has led to significant improvements in new loan applications processing and decision times, and enabled GDFC to quickly launch new fully branded partners, and add, or update lending products within minutes.

Rob Evans, founding director at SamePage said they were “delighted” that their innovative solution had already yielded such effective and wide-ranging results for GDFC.

He said: “It has been fantastic working with GDFC to create a truly bespoke solution for their business’s current and future needs.

“We are delighted that they are already seeing some significant benefits, with loan providers able to make faster decisions and collect all relevant data required to support better lending.

“We believe that our cloud-deployed loan origination platform can transform the consumer lending journey and revolutionise the financial services sector, and it’s great to be able to demonstrate its impact through this piece of work.”

On the success of the new online platform, GDFC chief operating officer Victoria Wilson said the new system was a breath of fresh air.

She said: “When we met the SamePage team and saw the live software platform, it was like a breath of fresh air compared to other vendors.

“SamePage has been very adaptable and open to new requirements – the answer has been ‘yes’ to our requests. We have had a tremendous response and enhanced perception from our key third parties when viewing and using the system.

“I have been delighted with the new system, it is so easy to use, very intuitive and it couldn’t be more straightforward.”

SamePage is a Cardiff-based financial technology business looking to redefine the standard in software development and implementation within forward thinking financial service organisations.

For more information please contact Lyndsey Jenkins at JamJar PR on +44 1446 771265 or lyndsey@jamjar-pr.co.uk

16 April 2018

Cardiff, UK – 16th April 2018 – Cardiff-based fintech start-up SamePage has strengthened its team with the appointment of an industry heavy-hitter as it looks to ramp up the marketing of its innovative new platform.

James Snow, a leading figure in the financial and technology services sector, is joining SamePage Group as a Board Director.

Previously Group Sales Director at Target Group and CEO of the company’s Loan Servicing business, Mr Snow has over 25 years of experience in the sector.

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James Snow

With a background in B2B financial IT sales, Mr Snow will lead on Samepage’s sales and marketing strategy, leveraging his relationships with leading organisations such as Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DVLA, Investec, LV= , Morgan Stanley and Yorkshire Building Society.

SamePage was set up last year by Rob Evans and Gavin Johns after seeing the potential of implementing software solutions to deliver significant improvements in the finance services sector, particularly in terms of ‘speed of service’ and ‘cost of processing’.

The cloud-deployed platform aims to simplify the entire loan application process for the for the UK credit industry by providing an entirely digital customer journey.

On his appointment, Mr Snow said: “Innovation by financial services organisations has been frustrated by legacy software platforms, costly and complex development and long implementation times. However, SamePage’s cutting-edge technology makes the entire loan application process quicker, easier and more cost effective.

“SamePage has a truly unique proposition, with huge potential. The aim is to become the market leading provider, by leveraging and showcasing clients that have gained significant strategic advantage through use of our unique technology and commercial propositions.

“I’m really excited to be joining such an ambitious, innovative and fast-moving technology business and look forward to exploiting SamePage’s technology to drive innovation to a sector undergoing significant change.”

Designed for both start-up organisations as well as established financial institutions looking to upgrade their existing systems and improve their customer journey, the SamePage platform supports the entire lifecycle of a loan, from quote and apply, through to fulfilment and disbursement of funds.

The platform is designed to deliver a highly-automated process, reducing costs for lenders while minimising the completion time for the borrower. An on-line self-service portal, supporting fully customised branding, provides the borrower with real-time updates on the progress of their application.

The appointment of Mr Snow is a significant step forward for SamePage, according to co-founder Gavin Johns. The Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to welcome James to SamePage and this is an exciting step-change in our evolution.

“He is a highly respected figure in the industry and we are looking forward to leveraging his sales, strategic relationship and marketing experience across the consumer lending, commercial and investment markets.

“He brings a depth of knowledge and hands on experience to support our ambition to become the ‘go to’ provider of technology solutions across the financial services industry and we’re excited about what the future holds.”

About SamePage Group Ltd
SamePage Group Limited is an independent Financial Technology company based in Cardiff, United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.samepagegroup.com/

For more information please contact Lyndsey Jenkins at JamJar PR on +44 1446 771265 or lyndsey@jamjar-pr.co.uk

13 September 2017

SamePage begins development on a cognitive business solution using IBM Watson APIs on IBM Cloud to underwrite loan applications and improve risk assessment.

Cardiff, UK – 14 Sep 2017: SamePage Group Ltd has been selected in phase two of the Watson Build challenge to develop its cognitive business plan, which applies IBM Watson APIs to automatically underwrite loan applications and improve risk assessment, into a working prototype on the IBM Cloud. IBM will provide SamePage with access to IBM development tools, business mentors and cognitive specialists to bring its concept to life.

The Watson Build challenge is IBM’s first cognitive challenge designed solely for Business Partners. In phase one, IBM received hundreds of business plan submissions from business partners around the world. In phase two, select Watson based solutions were chosen to progress to the next phase where partners will build working prototypes to demonstrate these cognitive products and services.

“The response to our first-ever Watson Build challenge for business partners has been phenomenal,” said John Teltsch, General Manager, IBM Global Business Partners. “We congratulate SamePage for presenting a strong business plan centered around IBM Cloud and Watson and progressing to the next round of the challenge. We look forward to supporting SamePage as they work on a prototype for their digitally enabled Loan Origination Platform, with the goal of bringing it to our joint clients”.

SamePage offers a business-empowered software solution for financial institutions. As a result of the Watson Build challenge, it also plans to incorporate Watson APIs as part of the risk assessment process, which the company expects will consequently lower the cost of managing credit and loan applications while significantly improving the accuracy of credit risk assessment. The SamePage platform supports an entirely digital end-to-end process including the quote, application (via web, mobile and electronic channels), assessment, pricing, fulfilment and issue of funds. This process is optimised to deliver significant benefits in terms of speed of service and cost of processing.

The SamePage Watson Build prototype will initially focus on using Watson APIs to provide product functionality based on previous spending behaviour, income sources and certainty of payment. To do this, SamePage will use several IBM Watson APIs, including:

• Watson Discovery,
• Watson Natural Language Classifier,
• Watson Tone Analyser and
• Watson Natural Language Understanding.

Robert Evans, SamePage Product Director, said “We are thrilled to have been selected for phase two of this prestigious project and the potential value it will deliver within our innovative platform”. SamePage Technical Director, Gavin Johns, also added “We see the use of AI in underwriting and risk assessment as a logical next step in our business plan to improve and simplify the entire financial application process. The IBM Watson Build program offers us a proven platform upon which we can further build our machine learning and AI technical strategy”.

This is SamePage’s first time developing a solution with AI technologies, and initial feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. As lenders evolve their risk assessment strategies and processes, they are looking at newer fintech solutions to support data analysis and enrichment and also patterns that can identify good, poor or even fraudulent applications; AI — and IBM Watson in particular — is a key component capable of delivering such strategies.

With its Loan Origination Platform prototype, SamePage aims to use IBM Watson to deliver a platform with unique, cognitive capabilities in the loan application market.

SamePage Group Ltd is an IBM Business Partner in IBM PartnerWorld, a program that gives channel partners the resources and tools they need to succeed in the Cognitive Era.

For more on the Watson Build, click here

About SamePage Group Ltd
SamePage Group Limited is an independent Financial Technology company based in Cardiff, United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.samepagegroup.com/

For more information, please contact Gavin Johns at SamePage Group Ltd via info@samepagegroup.com

8 May 2017

Fintech start-up founded by financial services development experts with over 50 years’ experience in the sector.

Cardiff, UK – 9 May 2017:Financial technology start-up, SamePage, which aims to simplify the entire loan application process for the finance sector by providing an entirely digital customer journey, has officially launched (May 9th).

SamePage has been set up by Rob Evans and Gavin Johns, who have over 50 years’ combined experience in product and service development working with blue-chip companies in the UK and globally. The SamePage cloud-deployed platform supports the entire lifecycle of a loan, from quote and apply, through to fulfilment and disbursement of funds.

The platform is designed to deliver a highly-automated process, reducing costs for lenders while minimising the completion time for the borrower. An on-line self-service portal, supporting fully customised branding, provides the borrower with real-time updates on the progress of their application.

On launching the business, Director of Product, Sales and Marketing, Rob Evans, added: “Our objective at SamePage is to develop solutions that enable financial organisations to simplify processes and transact seamlessly and cost effectively with their customers. The platform is suitable for start-up organisations as well as established financial institutions looking to upgrade their existing systems and improve their customer journey.”

Company Director Gavin Johns added: “We are excited about the benefits SamePage offers this sector. Our model is entirely focused on ease of integration, reducing traditional implementation time, which averages at 3-6 months, to less than a month. The platform will also provide a range of ready integrated third party services, such as credit reference agency, electronic signatures and open banking APIs, allowing our customers immediate access to both traditional and new technologies and service providers.”

Rob Evans has over 25 years of experience in consultancy and proposition development in the lending, investment and insurance sectors and has previously worked with Barclays, Fortis and LV=. Gavin Johns has over 24 years’ experience, spanning both financial and telecoms sectors and has supported blue-chip clients worldwide, including AT&T, O2 Telefonica and Vodafone.

More information on SamePage and its platform can be found at http://www.samepagegroup.com/

For more information, please contact Gavin Johns at SamePage Group Ltd via info@samepagegroup.com

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