Tech Lowdown: BTCSoftware integrations and GoCardless funding

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Welcome to our weekly round-up of the latest news and updates from the accounting tech world. 

This week, Tech Lowdown features a new integration between BTCSoftware and FreeAgent, GoCardless new investment round and Pandle’s running balances feature.

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BTCSoftware adds FreeAgent integration

BTCSoftware has added FreeAgent as an integrated trial balance feed for its accounts production application.

As part of an increasingly open stance since launching its BTCHub platform last year, the developer has added integrations for Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent alongside existing links for Sage Accounting and Reckon One. The links extract a trial balance from the bookkeeping software and can export any journals back to the nominal ledger, said a BTCSoftware announcement last week.

BTCSoftware said it was building integrations for company secretarial applications and that other bookkeeping systems were always being considered following user feedback.

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GoCardless announces a $75m funding round

Online payments startup GoCardless has announced a new investment round of $75 million backed by tech investors such as Alphabet and Salesforce to open up access to its global bank debit network.

The US will be added in spring to GoCardless’ network for bank debit, which will cover 35 countries and nine bank debit schemes, across the UK, North America, Australia and Europe by the end of 2019, according to a recent company announcement.

In the coming months, GoCardless will continue to expand with new offices around the world and will focus on developing its payments platform, which currently processes $10bn in invoice, subscription, membership and instalment payments a year for over 40,000 businesses. Upcoming developments will focus on cross border payments, instant settlement and reducing failure rates.

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Pandle adds a new running balances feature

Pandle has announced a new feature that will provide users more insight into the financial information they see when viewing their customer, supplier and bank accounts.

The new running balances feature will now be available in all accounts within Pandle. The balance will appear next to the rest of the financial information of each account, which can be accessed from the 'Enter Transactions' screen.

Pandle

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Free trials of Slide are now available to UK iPad users

Banking and cash management app Slide is giving free trials of Slide to iPad users in the UK. The company has recently added integrations with the Xero accounting package as well as to First Direct and bank accounts from HSBC and Lloyds to enable users to manage their banking and Xero accounting data together. 

The company has also announced that additional banks and accountancy packages will be added soon.

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