Mobile bank N26 has partnered with digital payments company SumUp.

Through their collaboration, the two companies will provide digital tools to allow freelancers, the self-employed and entrepreneurs accept cashless payments.

Despite the pandemic, N26 said the number of business customers using their service has almost trebled in the past two years.

"We are thrilled to partner with SumUp to provide our valued business customers with the right tools to help their businesses thrive in today’s increasingly digitised world," Adrienne Gormley, N26's chief operating officer and Irish spokesperson, said.

A recent survey carried out by SumUp among small businesses in France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, showed that 34% introduced additional payment methods such as remote payments and 23% started an online shop.

Carolin Wies, Partnerships Lead at SumUp, said the same study revealed that 22% of merchants needed help to digitise their businesses.

"The fact that businesses can now accept digital payments in various forms has really helped those that needed a vital lifeline throughout the pandemic, and this partnership with another major industry player builds on that," she said.

The new partnership will support N26 Business, N26 Business Smart, N26 Business You and N26 Business Metal account holders as they get back to business, providing the tools they need to accept cashless payments.