Posts Tagged: alternative business finance

Private Credit – Why it is on the rise for UK Businesses

Since 2012, The Route – Finance’s Private Debt Platform has raised £132m in funds committed by investors. That’s an impressive figure in itself, but it is also part of a much bigger picture that has been developing in the wake of the 2008 crisis. Since then, private investors have been increasingly willing to fund small-…

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Due Diligence and Borrower Transparency are Key to Debt Funding

In an ideal world, business owners seeking to raise debt capital would approach potential lenders well in advance of the money being required. That’s not always possible, of course. Opportunities arise that may require debt funding. Less positively, a business may fall victim to an unexpected event – such as the collapse of a major…

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Beyond P2P – The Growing Importance of Niche Lending Platforms

In many respects, platform lending has been accepted into the corporate finance mainstream. Witness the latest report from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. Crunching the numbers for 2017, the Centre found that around 40% of loans advanced to businesses through P2P platforms were funded by institutions, including mutual and pension funds. It’s a finding…

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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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Why Property Developers Should Consider Private Debt

  The world of property development has its own well-established finance ecosystem – one in which banks and also specialist lenders provide a range of funding options to investors, developers and entrepreneurs.   And that is good news for anyone preparing plans for an investment in the buy-to-let market or something more ambitious – perhaps…

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Preparing to Borrow For A Property Development Project  

Property development opportunities take many forms, so naturally enough, there are also numerous finance options. When preparing to borrow to fund a project, it’s important not only to match the source of finance to the project, but also to think about what the lender will require before signing off on a deal. So depending on…

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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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