Posts Tagged: alternative finance

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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Choosing The Right Financier Is Not Just For The Fast Growth Few

As Mick Jagger once memorably sang: “You can’t always get what you want.” And although the Rolling Stones frontman was – it’s probably safe to say – not thinking about the fundraising challenges faced by SMEs at the time of writing, the song could probably serve as soundtrack for those struggling to secure the capital…

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Alternative Finance Continues to Evolve into 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, the Alternative Finance revolution is showing no sign of losing momentum.   Witness the latest update from the P2P Finance Association. According to the trade body, new lending to businesses by its members totalled £750m in the second quarter of 2018. Net lending to SMEs came in at around…

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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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Turning Offices Into Homes – Financing a New Property Development Opportunity

Britain’s town and city centres have undergone huge changes over the last few decades. As manufacturing declined, many of the light and heavy industrial units that operated in close proximity to shopping and residential areas have been converted to offices or, more recently, apartments. Looking to the future, as retailers come under pressure, many analysts…

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