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OMNIO KESHO partnership with Credit Kudos set to benefit Credit Unions across the UK and Ireland

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Omnio has announced that its credit union business KESHO is partnering with Credit Kudos to support lenders, financial institutions and brokers to help them make more concise and fast credit decisions based on detailed real-time data and insights.

As a Banking as a Service platform FinTech, Omnio’s credit union business is an FCA-authorised challenger credit reference agency and Open Banking Account Information Service Provider (AISP) – providing direct connections to some of the UK’s largest banks through Open Banking.

The new partnership is showing how Omnio KESHO’s meaningful analytics tool will be able to serve more customers with a higher level of data insights in the Credit Union Sector. This also brings KESHO and Credit Kudos to the forefront of the industry by providing a real-time analytics solution to ensure that lending is fair and equitable. Credit Unions will therefore be able to lend more with much better insights, mitigating risks and protecting them from economic shocks as well as offering improved customer outcomes.

Speaking about the new partnership, Sheenagh Young, Chief Executive of South Manchester Credit Union commented: “ I am delighted to discover that Credit Kudos have now linked up with Omnio Kesho to widen access for credit unions to their services. We worked on a pilot with Freddy and Matt in their start up days and it has been fascinating to watch their vision – to use Open Banking data to support thoughtful lending decisions – become reality. These tools will equip credit unions to deepen our innovative digital approach to community lending.”

Freddy Kelly, co-founder and CEO of Credit Kudos, added: “Our mission is to transform the credit reference system to provide fairer credit for all. I’m delighted to see the insights developed with Serve & Protect Credit Union as part of the HM Treasury backed Affordable Credit Challenge delivered at scale to other affordable credit providers. We are proud to be working with KESHO to continue to support Credit Unions to assess creditworthiness and help more people access responsible credit, when they need it. This partnership is an important step towards helping those often excluded from financial services have greater financial security in today’s uncertain climate.”

Lindsay Ward, Executive Director, KESHO Credit Union Sector said; “One of the biggest challenges for our clients is how to mitigate the risk of lending. Although no decision will be truly risk-free, we will always strive to give our clients the tools to make the most informed decision possible. Thanks to our partnership with Credit Kudos, our clients now have a suite of data and analytics tools at their disposal to add another layer of confidence to their decisions, reducing exposure, whilst lending in a fair and equitable manner. This partnership is another significant measure to maintain Omnio KESHO’s position as the most innovative and influential Credit Union technology business in the UK and Ireland.”

Credit Kudos is now transforming the credit scoring system using Open Banking data to understand a borrower’s financial wellbeing and habits. By aggregating and interpreting a borrower’s transaction data, Credit Kudos helps lenders assess creditworthiness and therefore lend safely and responsibly. Its insights go beyond traditional credit scoring, transforming complex sets of data into an easy-to-use, comprehensive view of a borrower’s creditworthiness to help institutions responsibly increase loan acceptances and will reduce the number of defaults.