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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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Platform Power – How Information Helps Drive Investment

Since the launch of the first Peer to Peer and Equity Crowdfunding platforms, alternative finance has not only been providing new options for businesses seeking capital, it has also been redefining the web of relationships that link companies, investors and intermediaries.    In broad terms, the various platforms that have emerged over the past five…

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A Shifting Balance – Why Alternative Finance is Winning Market Share

Marketplace lending is now an established segment of the UK’s business finance ecosystem, but until relatively recently it has perhaps been considered as an ‘alternative’ solution – something that sits outside the mainstream.   It’s a perception that may be changing, as debt platforms take an increasingly large share of the SME lending market.  …

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Preparing to borrow – What A Business Needs To Do

                    Platform-based lending has undoubtedly opened up the UK’s corporate finance market. Five years ago, a small company seeking debt funding would have – almost by default – gravitated towards one or more High Street banks, or perhaps a specialist business lender, recommended by a broker.…

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Alternative Finance and Multiple Funding Round

The concept of multiple funding rounds is familiar to most business owners – and particularly to those entrepreneurs who are focused on steering their companies on a growth path that runs from ‘startup’ to ‘scale-up’. The classic funding escalator runs from seed funding –  which might be sourced from angels, VCs, an accelerator, a government…

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Beyond Peer to Peer Lending – Why Opt For a Private Debt Platform?

‘Peer-to-peer lending’. These days it’s a term that is familiar to just about everyone with an interest in SME finance. Widely covered in the press and now broadly recognised by brokers and advisers as an option that should be considered when businesses need to borrow, Peer-to-Peer debt solutions are, arguably, no longer ‘alternative’ but part…

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