NatWest launches its no-card payments service Payit

via FinTech Futures

NatWest has launched its new online payment service ‘Payit’. The service will help merchants to more easily collect ecommerce payments, by allowing consumers to bypass the need for a debit or credit card.

The venture is not to be confused with US-based fintech, PayIt, which processes payments for America’s public services.

How it works

A Payit button appears on merchants’ payment pages, allowing consumers to select which bank they want to pay from.

The consumer then gets redirected to their bank’s mobile or online banking app to complete the payment.

Consumers using Payit do not need to bank with NatWest, but do have to bank with one of the UK’s nine largest banks.

These include AIB Group, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, HSBC Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, Danske Bank, RBS and Santander.

The service uses open banking infrastructure. In the coming weeks, Payit says it will introduce a capability to allow merchants to process refunds.

The bank also plans to integrate with accountancy software provider, FreeAgent. This would allow customers from any bank or building society to make instant payments.

NatWest says it is one of the first banks to utilise open banking as a payment initiation service provider (PISP), rather than as an account information aggregator (AISP).

The fintech behind Payit

London-based, RBS-backed fintech, Pollinate, started building a pilot for Payit in Septmeber with public technology company Endava.

Pollinate focused on two key challenges for merchants: cash flow and the cost of online payments.

It says it has reduced the cost of online payments by at least 25%, based on an average transaction of £80.

Pollinate also built Tyl for NatWest in September 2019. Tyl is a merchant payment platform in competition with the likes of iZettle, Worldpay and Square.

Tyl offers card machine and online payment solutions such as link payments and payment pages.

Looking ahead

The bank looks to tap “mid to larger businesses with an online presence” with Payit. NatWest’s commercial banking CEO, Paul Thwaite, says the service joins a “growing portfolio of digital innovations for businesses”.

On Pollinate’s website, the fintech says Payit – whilst targeting the UK – does have the potential for replication across other key markets, such as Australia or Canada.

Payit is also a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Payment Acceptance framework. This means the UK government and the wider public sector can use it.