​St George launches dedicated business banking app

St George Bank has given its online business banking services an upgrade by launching an app for small businesses.

St George Bank has launched a one-stop shop business banking mobile app for small businesses.

Available on Android and Apple smartphones, the app will allow customers to carry out functions including transfers, payments, approve payments, account openings, apply for a credit card, and live chat customer service support.

Meanwhile, customers that hold a consumer profile with St George will be able to have dual access to their consumer and business profile from the business app.

St George CIO Dhiren Kulkarni said the idea behind the app is to provide convenience for its small business customers.

"St George understands small businesses are juggling many demands and are time poor. To help them get ahead with their banking, we've designed the app with fast, easy, and convenient banking solutions, including the option to live chat with a business expert and connect directly with their banker," he said.

The bank said it currently has 306,000 small business customers.

The app is part of St George Bank's overall strategy to support small businesses, which includes Business Connect, a network of videos enabled in bank branches so that customers can access bankers via video when it suits them.

St George's head of mobile Travis Tyler said small businesses are looking for more convenient ways to do their banking, and the app is built to help them keep up with the speed of business and manage their finances on the spot.

As part of being under the Westpac umbrella, St George business customers benefited recently from the company's rollout of the Mobile PayWay platform. It allows business customers to use their mobile devices as a merchant terminal.

Other mobile-focused opportunities that St George has explored include enabling consumer customers to use wearable technologies for banking, and using iBeacon technology in their branches.

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