HSBC Bank, part of HSBC Group, is working with Biz2Credit to provide small business owners quicker and easier access when applying for business financing with the Biz2X Platform by Biz2Credit.

As part of the HSBC Fusion service offering, the bank is using Biz2Credit’s Biz2X Platform to speed up the approval of credit applications for small businesses. The Biz2X technology also will improve the accuracy of credit decisions on retail business banking transactions, ultimately reducing risk in the bank’s lending portfolio.

HSBC Fusion, a service for business owners that brings business and personal banking together, facilitates account management. The service provides a single point of access, whether in the branch, by phone, or through digital banking, by which HSBC customers can manage both their personal and business finances. The bank will begin its initial rollout of this new enhancement to HSBC Fusion in December.

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 99.7% of all U.S. private sector employers are small businesses, and nearly seven out of 10 American jobs are at a small business.

“Small businesses play a pivotal role in the U.S. economy and contribute greatly to our thriving communities throughout the country,” Shaun McDougall, head of retail business banking at HSBC Bank, said. “By using Biz2Credit’s Biz2X Platform, HSBC Fusion will deliver a straight-forward and efficient lending process to our small business banking customers, enabling them to spend more time running their businesses without worrying about whether or not they’ll be able to get a loan.”

HSBC will use the Biz2X Platform’s credit decisioning engine, based on artificial intelligence and a configurable lending rules engine, with the goal of empowering its relationship managers with faster and more accurate credit decisions. Benefits of the platform include:

  • The ability to automatically approve loan or line increase requests up to $100,000. Full underwriting protocols will be in place via the staff portal for larger loan amounts.
  • Coverage of origination and credit line increases for small business credit products, including credit cards, term loans and lines of credit.
  • Ease-of-use for HSBC staff processing loan applications through a new staff portal built on Biz2X.
  • Credit rules that feature advanced neural network models to ensure fast loan decisions based on several hundred data parameters.
  • A configurable rules engine that allows HSBC to modify its lending criteria smoothly in response to changing market conditions.

“Our partnership with HSBC Fusion opens the flow of capital to small business owners. Through this offering we are helping entrepreneurs bolster their finances, save time and gain quick, easy access to capital,” Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit and Biz2X, said. “For Biz2Credit, it represents another step in the growth of our Biz2X Platform globally.”