Start building healthy credit with Pave in just 3 minutes!
- Works with Experian, Equifax and TransUnion
- Smart alerts to protect your credit score for free
- Quick set-up with no hard credit check
The relatively new app Pave was originally targeted at freelancers and gig economy workers, who are arguably at an unfair disadvantage when it comes to credit scoring and borrowing money due to irregular incomes. Now, it’s there for anybody looking to build their credit score. It offers a range of smart tools to help you stay on top of your finances, and in turn, your credit score.
Formerly known as Portify, Pave is primarily a subscription service to pay your way to a better credit score. If you’ve heard of LOQBOX, it’s very similar. It’s also a “personal finance management” app, using open banking to connect your bank accounts and offer smart suggestions/reminders to help you track and stay on top of your income and outgoings.
Pave has grown members by partnering up with gig economy platforms, which then offer it to their workforce, but you can also sign up directly.
You need to download the app and create a Pave account. You’ll then be asked to connect your bank account(s) to Pave, granting it permission to access your banking data in read-only mode. Features include the following:
No. Previously this was a key part of Pave’s business model – acting as a cheaper alternative to expensive payday loans or overdrafts. Plus members were able to access to interest-free loans up to £250 over 30 days subject to affordability checks (but without credit checks). This facility was axed in 2020.
Pave currently offers two tiers of membership plans with monthly fees (Pave Lite and Pave Plus). You can access Credit Spotlight for a one-time payment of £3. The paid plans offer the Pave Credit Boost. Check out our table of features.
|Credit Spotlight||Pave Lite||Pave Plus|
|No hard credit check|
|See and track your credit score|
|Alerts to protect your credit score|
|Build your credit score with Experian|
|Build your credit score with Experian, Equifax and TransUnion|
|Money back after 12 months if your score doesn’t improve|
Your Pave membership fee is reported to credit reference agencies as a credit repayment. Your membership plan is structured as a 12-month contract, with each monthly membership fee treated as a repayment on this contract, which demonstrates that you are capable of making payments on time, potentially boosting your credit score. It is available on both Pave Lite and Pave Plus plans.
The boost to your credit score is not guaranteed, as your other activities (say, missing a credit card repayment or getting a CCJ) could undermine the benefit of using Pave.
Pave (formerly Portify) was founded in 2017 by Sho Sugihara (CEO) and Chris Butcher (CTO). They met through Entrepreneur First, a company and programme that encourages experts in various tech fields to found their own companies.
In December 2019, Pave secured £7 million in funding. Investors include Entrepreneur First and VC firms Kindred Capital and Redalpine.
Pave is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can search it up in the FCA’s register (reference numbers 828125 and 826665 ), where you’ll be able to see the specific business activities that the company is authorised to get up to in the UK.
Pave accesses your accounts in read-only mode, which means you can see your balance and transactions on the Pave app, but you (or Pave) can’t move your money or make payments.
All your banking data is encrypted. Pave states that it uses the most secure technologies possible – such as AES-256 encryption and TLS protocols – to protect your data. Pave doesn’t share your data with any other parties, other than credit reference agencies (if you opt for the Plus or Lite credit building plans).
Anyone can download the app, connect their bank accounts and use it as a budgeting tool.
Eligibility criteria for Pave are as follows:
The Pave app brings together a range of features that can be useful for gig economy workers and is nicely tailored to their needs. The app still needs a bit of work, but all in all, it does a good job of predicting your expenses and cash flow and helping you stay on top of it.
If you’re just looking to improve your credit score as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible, you should also consider LOQBOX – a similar service which also reports to all three UK credit reference agencies.
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