The Calm app is used by more than 1,000 businesses across the world and is designed to encourage employee wellbeing by promoting better sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and developing greater mindfulness.
Called Insights the tool is currently in its trial phase ahead of an official launch around the start of Q2 2021, marking the first step in a planned investment programme in technology at Startline this year.
One of the key developments in 2020 was prime lenders tightening their underwriting rules in response to the pandemic and more potential car buyers being referred to near-prime lenders as a result.
Company announces recruitment drive although vast majority of Startline’s team will continue to be home based. CEO sees no immediate reason to enforce a return to pre-crisis working conditions as the business continues to function well based around home working and could operate this way in perpetuity.
Many or even most of the people who are now senior managers in motor finance companies were already working in the sector during the 2008 crash and there is a temptation to look at the current situation in similar terms.
Credit scores seen over the past few weeks are higher than in Q1 of 2020, as are deposits, overall vehicle values and a range of other key metrics used by motor finance companies to assess applicants.
Startline Motor Finance said questions remain around the funding of EVs on the used market, and Chief Executive Paul Burgess added that the announcement created a new degree of impetus towards resolving them.
Research for Startline Motor Finance shows that 54.6% of car dealers say they expect prime lenders to reject an increasing number of applications next year in a continuation of a trend they have seen during the last 12 months.
When asked to compare motor finance to other retail sectors in a traditional store-based setting, 39.6% of consumers placed motor finance a long way ahead or slightly ahead of other retail sectors compared to 26.3% of dealers.