Industry News

British Business Investment Launches £100m Plan To Support Regional SMEs  

British Business Investment has announced a new initiative aimed at improving the flow of ‘angel’  funding to small and medium sized businesses in the UK’s regions. Research carried out by the organisation – a subsidiary of the British Business Bank – has revealed significant regional imbalances in the availability of angel funding. According to the…

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Business Borrowing Subdued Amid Economic Uncertainty

Nearly 40% of UK small and medium sized businesses  think that it might be difficult to obtain credit and just under a third (31%) see trade finance, or the maintenance of a healthy credit balance as an alternative to taking out a loan or overdraft, according to the latest BDRC-BVA SME Finance Monitor report, covering…

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Funding  Circle Flotation Underway

Peer to Peer lender, Funding Circle has confirmed plans to list on the London Stock exchange in a flotation that it hopes will raise £300m.   The flotation plans were announced at the beginning of September, along with a registration document containing a detailed breakdown of Funding Circle’s current position in the P2P lending market,…

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Barclays Buys Into MarketInvoice

Barclays has announced plans to partner with MarketInvoice, in a move that will also see the banking giant taking a minority stake in the online business lender.   Established in 2011, MarketInvoice offers a variation on the invoice discounting theme by enabling businesses to borrow against their debtor books via an online platform connecting them…

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FCA Signals Tighter Controls on Peer to Peer Lending

The Financial Conduct Authority has published proposals aimed at providing a greater degree of protection for investors who lend to individuals and businesses through Peer to Peer (P2P) platforms.   To date the FCA has taken a ‘softly, softly’ approach to the regulation of marketplace lending, taking the view there was a need to encourage…

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Funding Circle Replaces  Downloadable Loanbook With Quarterly Report

Peer-to-Peer lending platform  Funding Circle has announced that retail investors will no longer have access to a downloadable loanbook. Instead – in a switch to quarterly reporting – data on loans will be made available through a new statistics page, which will be updated every three months. Signalling the change via its corporate blog, Funding…

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