Edinburgh booking app wins place on NAB platform

Online bookings start-up Appointedd is to feature in a 'one-stop shop' of business services being rolled out by the former owner of Clydesdale Bank.

Appointedd founder Leah Hutcheon. Picture: Chris Watt

The Edinburgh-based app, founded by chief executive Leah Hutcheon, is one of 12 chosen for the new cloud-based platform from National Australia Bank (NAB). The deal will see its software being offered to 700,000 small firms across Australia.

Hutcheon said: “It’s fantastic to see a bank innovating to bring the very best technology to their customers.

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“There are lots of separate tools that help small businesses succeed, but until now there was no one package that could give them all the functionality they need to run their business, all in one place.”

NAB’s platform, dubbed “Business in One”, also features apps for book-keeping, human resources and events management. The system aims to help the owners of small firms free up more time to concentrate on running their business.

The banking group last month floated off its Clydesdale Bank arm, which also includes the Yorkshire Bank brand, in an initial public offering that valued the Glasgow-based lender at more than £1.6 billion.

Earlier this month, Appointedd won an £18,000 pitching competition organised by Scotland’s only female angel investment group. The firm was selected by a distinguished judging panel from more than 100 entrants in Investing Women’s AccelerateHER event as the angel group’s first Ambition & Growth Conference in Edinburgh.