Business Technology

iZettle acquires UK point-of-sale service powering shops, bars and hotels

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07 September 2016

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Launched out of Sweden, iZettle quickly made the UK its second home soon after starting up, and that trend continues today as the mobile payments business has acquired Scottish company intelligentpos for access to its cloud-based point-of-sale platform.

Describing Edinburgh-based intelligentpos as a “sales disruptor”, iZettle’s acquisition is in a bid to create a “one-stop-shop” together.

The Swedish firm’s focus had long been on offering a simple way for small businesses to process customer payments through their mobiles, using either a click-in card reader or Bluetooth-enabled chip and pin device.

However, iZettle plans to integrate the intelligentpos’ tech to offer clients thorough point-of-sales features in the hundreds, such as:

  • Table management to provide restaurants a clear view of table arrangements.
  • Stock management to keep on top of product availability for customers.
  • Advance reporting to make decisions based on facts and figures, rather than guesswork.

Intelligentpos was founded in 2013 by CEO Robin Knox and CTO Paul Walton, and today provides services nationwide to businesses in everything from home interiors and gifting to bars to a fried chicken truck.

“We’ve been partners with iZettle for three years now. As businesses increasingly are looking for a unified point of sale and payments experience this is a natural next step for us and for the market,” said Knox.

“Moreover, iZettle have the same ethos and values as us and we’re thrilled to be joining the team and develop future products that help small businesses thrive.”

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Other developments over the past year saw iZettle support UK entrepreneurs with primetime TV ad slots, as well as raise a €60m Series D. The capital was secured in order to expand its offering with a lending division called iZettle Advance to help with companies’ cash flow.

Jacob de Geer, CEO and co-founder at iZettle, added: “Five years ago, iZettle set out to empower small business owners with tools to help them accept card payments in an easy way – tools which were typically reserved for larger businesses.

“One year ago, iZettle broke new ground by offering small businesses hassle-free access to financing with iZettle Advance. Today, via the acquisition of the talented team and great product at intelligentpos, iZettle takes yet another step towards its mission of providing small businesses with a wide range of services and features that are critical to helping them grow and build their empires.”

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