Building the Best Social Bank — Chapter 1

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How time flies! We’ve kicked off 2019 with a bang by introducing payments and we’ve taken big steps towards developing our app to make money as social as your life.

In-app payments allow you to pay each other back and we have plans to make it easier to manage your groups going forward.

Product updates: Apply for a card

We’ve been working hard on being able to roll out our cards so that everyone can apply. This involves improving our security and upgrading our payment technology so that you can trust your money is safe and secure.

In the meantime, you can be first in line to apply by registering your interest and joining the queue within the app.

Payments

Earlier this month we launched the ability to pay someone back within the app, right from the group. As long as both of you have a B-Social card, paying back what you owe is super simple. We’ve also made a few updates since launching and have much more planned, including using your fingerprint or Face ID to securely authorise payments.

We’ve redesigned the flow to be more intuitive and want to hear your feedback. Simply comment below. We respond to every message and each piece of feedback is extremely useful for us.

Notifications

Getting notified on what’s happening to your group or your account is not only nice but helps you understand what’s going on and stay on top of your social finances.

That’s why you’ll now get notified when someone splits an expense with you and when they pay you back, along with your group balance.

Stay tuned as we implement new notifications in the future.
For Android users, we’re planning on introducing notifications soon.

Things We’re Working On

We want your ability to manage your groups to be as easy as pie. That’s why we’re working on being able to add your friends to an existing group and the ability to add an expense that someone else has paid for.

That way you can get going with tracking your social finances without waiting for that slow coach to add last weeks dinner they paid for.

New blog post

Why we decided to tackle group spending

What problems groups face and how we hope to tackle it in the future. Read more here. Follow us on Twitter to see the latest announcements.

Office move

You may remember from the last bulletin that we were moving to our new office in Holborn. We’re now in and with new team members joining all the time we continue to make the space our own. We’ll be writing a blog post about all of this soon.

To download the app, visit either the App Store or Google Play.

We’re always looking for talented people to join our amazing team! Check out our careers page to see our current vacancies and get in touch.

As always we’d love to hear from you. Whether you have feedback on any of our updates or have a suggestion for what will make your life easier. Simply comment below. We’ll respond to every message we receive.

We aren’t a bank yet, but we are applying to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become one!

The B-Social card is a Beta debit Mastercard® and can be used wherever Mastercard® is accepted. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. The Card is issued by Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd (“WDCS”) pursuant to license by Mastercard International Inc. WDCS is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct electronic money service activities under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (Ref: 900051)

This is an e-money product and not covered by FSCS deposit protection.

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