Revolut has struck a deal with shared workspace provider WeWork to give its business banking customers three months of free hot-desk space.

Since introducing its business account in mid-2017, UK-based fintech Revolut has signed up over 80,000 companies, ranging from freelancers to FTSE companies. 

The firm is now looking to go to the next level and become a serious rival for the high street giants by teaming up with WeWork on the new perk of three months free hot-desk space at the account holder's site of choice.

Jamie Devlin, head, business development, Revolut, says: "We’re delighted that through our exciting collaboration with WeWork, companies and freelancers using our next generation business accounts will be able to build and grow in WeWork’s beautiful workspaces, saving so much time and money in the process." 

Meanwhile, as it prepares to launch in a host of new markets - including the US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - Revolut is also planning to introduce an end-to-end acquiring solution for businesses by the end of the year. 

The WeWork partnerships comes after a tricky weekend for Revolut, which has found itself the subject of a Twitter backlash thanks to a poorly judged marketing campaign.

A poster advert from the firm asked: "To the 12,750 people who ordered a single takeaway on Valentine's Day...You ok, hun?"

On Twitter, the ad was criticised for "single-shaming", creepily monitoring users' transactions, its patronising tone, and ripping off a similar 2016 advert from Spotify.

Revolut's head of global marketing and communications, Chad West, told the BBC that the ad was due to come down anyway but conceded that "we did not pay enough attention to the copy and the tone".

Source: https://www.finextra.com/