Thought Machine has been developing innovative banking technology with the potential to bring significant improvements to the Group’s customers. This partnership is in line with Lloyds’ Strategic Review, announced earlier this year, and is consistent with its ongoing drive to enhance the customer experience, become more agile, and build on its market-leading efficiency.
Thought Machine is a UK-based growth stage technology company whose core product, Vault, is a cloud-native next generation banking platform. Over the past three years, the Thought Machine team has written Vault using the latest software engineering techniques to help simplify the technical and operational complexity of banking, whilst maintaining the advantages of security and reliability.
Since 2017, Lloyds has completed extensive testing and proofs of concept, and continues to work with Thought Machine to develop the capabilities of Vault. The new technology can provide customers with more tailored products, as well as enable faster development cycles and further digital banking improvements. Lloyds will enter into a development and deployment phase in 2019.
In conjunction with this partnership, Lloyds has made an £11 million investment in Thought Machine, representing a 10 per cent stake, as part of its ‘Series A’ £18 million investment round. Lloyds will continue to look at further investment opportunities to help accelerate the delivery of the ambitious transformation programme.