Volt secures UK EMI licence

Volt granted UK EMI licence from FCA

The EMI licence in the UK and Volt’s existing Licence in Poland allows Volt to issue virtual accounts, hold merchant funds, and power cash management capabilities.

London, 29th February 2024: Volt, the global real-time payments platform, has secured an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) licence from the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Volt’s licence will enable it to evolve its cash management product, Connect, from which virtual accounts will now be issued to merchants. These accounts receive account-to-account payments from merchants’ customers and provide real-time payment confirmation, giving merchants visibility and control across the payment lifecycle. 

The EMI licence will also enable Volt to offer virtual accounts as a standalone product. Expected to launch shortly, these accounts will be well-suited to enterprises that need to manage funds, and complex reconciliation processes, but which don’t necessarily need payment initiation functionality at the checkout – for example, global online travel agents that need to initiate bulk payouts to local suppliers in different jurisdictions.

In 2023, research from business payment solutions provider Bottomline found 50% of businesses in Great Britain cited too little control over payment processing and a lack of payment visibility as the top challenges in executing payments. With Volt’s merchants now able to more seamlessly track the status of payments – functionality not available with traditional bank transfers – they can identify when, why and where challenges or delays arise with the bank.

Tom Greenwood, CEO, Volt, comments: “The UK and Europe are integral markets for our business so I am delighted we have been granted our EMI licence from the FCA. With this licence we are able to go even further in expanding our business. By becoming an account provider as well as a payment initiator, it enables us to not only broaden our product set, but also adapt and enhance our broad commercial offering. We have already seen a number of our key customers benefiting from the capabilities the licence brings.”  

The EMI licence comes at a time of notable growth for Volt, which recently hired its first CMO, Irina Chuchkina, to help drive a global marketing strategy for the company and grow its brand. Volt also recently announced further expansion into new territories by launching in Australia