CivilisedBank becomes Allica as it readies its plans to come to market next year.
According to CivilisedBank the name change reflects the bank’s repositioned digital and relationship offer as it prepares its full launch.
When launched, Allica says “it will be a digital SME bank offering business customers a service that fits what they need.
“Customers will be able to access a team of banking experts with extensive business finance experience, and effortless digital banking underpinned by the best of digital technology.”
Mark Stephens, Chief Executive Officer, Allica (formerly CivilisedBank) says:“Since its initial conception following the financial crisis, the SME market that CivilisedBank was created to serve has changed dramatically.
CivilisedBank becomes Allica: focus on UK SMEs and retail savings
“Over the last 12 months we’ve worked to ensure the bank comes to market with an offer that responds effectively to the commercial finance issues SMEs are facing now.
“As part of this, we feel that ‘Allica’ better represents what the bank now stands for.”
Allica is focusing on the UK SME market and will be funded by SME and retail savings. Allica will ultimately serve businesses through working capital solutions and cash management, including loans, asset finance, savings and payment services.
The new bank will also address the UK retail market with a range of savings products.
Mark Stephens continues:
“The name Allica stems from a combination of words for alloy and glass. When combined, this builds something that is of greater value than the sum of the individual raw materials. Just like our customers’ businesses.
“At Allica we will work together with SMEs to help them build the success of their businesses.”
The Bank of England granted CivilisedBank a licence in May 2017. The bank released its licence earlier this year to devote more time to optimising its IT infrastructure in time for its launch.