Nucleus Financial strikes new platform agreement

David Ferguson

Scottish independent wrap platform provider, Nucleus, has executed a long-term agreement with London-based Bravura Solutions to provide direct access to its Sonata application, the core system underpinning the Nucleus wrap platform.

Nucleus said the new agreement, coupled with recent recruitment in key areas of its technology team, will enhance the Company’s control over the platform technology and enable Nucleus to accelerate the rate of product development for the benefit of its users.

The board believes this will assist the Company in driving future inflows and AUA growth.

Access to the Sonata application has, to date, been provided through an outsourcing agreement with OpenWealth (a trading name of Genpact WM Limited).

As part of an amended agreement, OpenWealth will continue to provide Nucleus with BPO services including account servicing and administration.

The new agreement with Bravura will see Nucleus have a direct contractual relationship with Bravura for the Bravura Sonata application and associated change management services.

A new dedicated team has been set up internally with additional resources to ensure a seamless transition.

The aggregate cost structure of the agreements with Bravura and OpenWealth is consistent with Company’s previous arrangements, is expected to be broadly cost neutral to the business and will strengthen the technology foundations.

Andrew Smith, chief technology officer of Nucleus, said: “We are excited to be working directly with Bravura after working with them indirectly for such a long period. This new arrangement is of vital importance to the ongoing process and pace of development at Nucleus as we prepare the business for significant scale in our second decade in business. By working with Bravura directly, we believe we will be able to better deliver regular platform updates that will substantially improve propositional and regulatory change for the benefit of our users and their clients.”

David Ferguson, founder and chief executive of Nucleus, said: “We expect the long-planned unbundling of the current outsourced technology and BPO services and direct relationship with Bravura to materially strengthen our technology foundations and create optionality in our future organisational design and ultimately support our plans to deliver further margin expansion. Nucleus has grown strongly in the last few years and we expect this development to allow us to accelerate the pace of change to allow us to build on the assured progress of recent years.”

Tony Klim, group CEO of Bravura, said: “We have been working with Nucleus since it launched and we are pleased to see the relationship develop to this point. Sonata enables Nucleus to connect and engage with their clients anytime, anywhere, using their choice of device. We hope that by working directly with us, Nucleus will be able to develop their technology further to benefit its users positively.”

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