Posts By: Trevor Clawson

What’s in a Name? – the Difference Between Peer to Peer lending and Private Debt    

‘Private debt’ is not a term that has much resonance outside the financial services industry. Unlike, say, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, the concept doesn’t attract much coverage in the mainstream press and, as yet, it probably isn’t on the radar screens of the majority of small and medium sized business owners. And yet, along with…

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Crunching the Numbers – What 2017s Numbers Say About AltFi’s Future

2017 marked another year of growth for the Alternative Finance industry – a sector that now not only includes crowdfunding and platform lending, but arguably a whole new fund-raising category in the shape of initial coin offerings (ICOs). But what do last year’s figures tell us about the industry’s prospects in 2018. And perhaps more…

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Crowdcube Launches Regional Funding Drive  

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has teamed up with industry partners in an initiative to increase the flow of investment to startups and growth businesses in the United Kingdom’s regions. Announcing the plan on March 29, Crowdcube set itself an ambitious target of doubling investment via the platform to the regions within five years. To deliver…

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Banks Face an Uber Moment, says Citigroup Report

Every industry has its Uber moment – the point when a new wave of technology-led challengers begin to change the game. And according to financial services giant Citibank, that moment has arrived for the banking industry in Europe and North America. In a new report entitled Digital Disruption – Citigroup puts traditional banks on notice…

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Blockchain Driven Investment Platform Launches in the UK

Following a record year for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in 2017, two UK-based entrepreneurs have launched a new blockchain-powered platform aimed at opening up Venture Capital opportunities to a broad community of investors.   The brainchild of Baroness Michelle Mone and private equity industry Veteran Doug Barrowman, the Equi platform enables investors to back fast-growth…

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MarketInvoice To Provide Credit Insurance Amid Brexit Uncertainty

Invoice trading platform, MarketInvoice has announced a partnership with specialist insurer Euler Hermes aimed at protecting its business customers from the negative impact of bad debt.   Founded in 2010, MarketInvoice is a platform-based lender that is best known for its invoice finance solution. Backed by a community of investors, the platform allows businesses to…

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The Year Ahead  – Where Will Alternative Finance Go in 2018?

What does the future hold for the Alternative Finance industry? Or to be more precise, after a year (2017) in which Altfi consolidated its position as a mainstream funding option for SMEs, how will the market develop in the year ahead?   To some extent, the direction of travel is clear. In December 2017, the…

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