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Digital start-up Tandem acquires Harrods Bank

Digital start-up bank Tandem has agreed to buy Harrods Bank, four months after seeing a £35 million funding deal collapse.

Tandem acquires Harrods Bank

Digital start-up Tandem acquires Harrods Bank

Tandem, which says it is building a mobile-only bank, announced on Monday that it has signed a deal to buy the banking business of Harrods. The financials of the deal have not been disclosed.

Harrods Bank will bring £80 million worth of capital to Tandem, a boost for the startup which lost its banking license earlier this year after a funding setback. The Bank will bring a near-£200 million loan book and over £300 million of deposits, City AM reports. Harrods Bank lost £8.4 million last year.

Tandem announced last December that it had secured a £35 million investment from  the owners of the department store House of Fraser. However, Sanpower is Chinese and a crackdown from Beijing on capital flight led to the investment falling through after Tandem had received just £6 million of the £35 million.

The funding setback led Tandem to lose its banking license as it no longer met capital requirements. The startup, founded in 2014, also reduced total staffing numbers from around 120 to 80.

The setback and licensing issue delayed the launch of its savings account, but Tandem said on Monday that the deal should help accelerate the launch, allowing it to happen by the end of the year.

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