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Vela Technologies PLC
11 July 2019


 11 July 2019


Vela Technologies plc




Update re. Vibe Group Holdings Limited


VibePay to provide direct-to-bank payments using open banking


The Board of Vela (AIM: VELA) notes today's press release by VibePay Limited ("VibePay"), a company 95% owned by Vibe Group Holdings Limited ("Vibe Group"). VibePay has been granted approval by the FCA to provide Payment Initiation Services and Account Information Services.

Vela holds 5,674 ordinary shares in Vibe Group which is equivalent to approximately 3.1 per cent. of the issued share capital of Vibe Group.

Antony Laiker, Executive Director of Vela, commented: "VibePay's gaining of FCA approval is highly significant for the growth prospects of the Vibe Group. The use of open banking will allow VibePay to not only offer innovative payment services but also enables Vibe Tickets to remain a free and transparent platform for its customers.

This latest news follows the recent announcement that Candy Ventures, a private investment company owned by Nick Candy, has purchased a 23% shareholding in Vibe Group."

Extracts from the VibePay press release are copied below:


London 11.07.19

London-based VibePay has been given the green light from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide direct-to-bank payments using open banking.

The first product to market will be a consumer app launching in September 2019, allowing friends to socially plan and pay in groups.

PDS2, the EU directive on Open Banking, has enabled a new wave of businesses to bring change to the payment industry, giving consumers more choice and better services.

The newest addition to receive FCA approval is VibePay, who's been granted authorisation to provide Payment Initiation Services and Account Information Services. VibePay is part of Vibe Group Holdings and recently announced an investment from Candy Ventures - Nick Candy's private investment fund.

The first product to launch in the UK is a peer-to-peer payment app for mobile, allowing users to organise events and request money from friends.

Luke Massie, CEO at VibePay, said: 'The VibePay app makes it easier for groups of friends to plan and pay for their social activities. It takes the pain out of collecting council tax from flatmates and planning holidays with friends.'

VibePay will also be introducing a B2B solution, allowing consumers to pay direct from their bank when they're shopping online.

Massie said: 'At Vibe, we understand young consumers and build products that add value to their everyday lives. We're excited to bring merchants and marketplaces an engaged, transactional and highly targeted user base.'

The Vibe success story started 6 years ago when young entrepreneur Luke Massie, founded secondary ticketing company Vibe Tickets. As part of the promise to make Vibe's peer-to-peer offering 100% free, VibePay was developed to replace the third party payment provider previously used."

The VibePay press release can be found here: https://www.finextra.com/pressarticle/79155/vibepay-secures-fca-approval


For further information, please contact: 

Vela Technologies plc

Tel: +44 (0) 7802 262 443

Brent Fitzpatrick, Non-Executive Chairman

Antony Laiker, Director 

Allenby Capital Limited

(Nominated Adviser)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3328 5656

Nick Athanas/Asha Chotai

Smaller Company Capital Limited

(Joint Broker)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3651 2910

Rupert Williams/Jeremy Woodgate


SVS Securities Limited

(Joint Broker)


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3700 0100

Elliot Hance


About Vela Technologies 


Vela Technologies (AIM: VELA) is an investing company focused on early stage and pre-IPO long term disruptive technology investments. There are currently 12 investments in the portfolio which either have developed ways of utilising technology or developing technology with a view to disrupting the businesses or sector in which they operate. More recently, Vela Technologies has also started to focus on existing listed companies where valuations may offer additional opportunities. 



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