An investor’s guide to debt-based crowdfunding

October 6th, 2015|

Thanks to a growing array of alternative finance platforms, the funding landscape for SMEs has improved dramatically in the last five years. The 2014 Moving Mainstream report from Cambridge’s Judge Business School showed that debt-based crowdfunding platforms alone enabled companies to raise over £1bn – and that’s just in the UK. But the advent of […]

Alternative finance powerlist: These are the most influential people in peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding

August 11th, 2015|

The growth rates for alternative finance in the UK and Europe make it pretty clear that this is a sector that can’t be ignored. Providers made £1.74bn available to UK firms and individuals in 2014, with person-to-business lending at £749m, person-to-person lending at £547m and invoice discounting at £270m. 

Indeed, the former, which includes debt-based crowdfunding, grew […]

UK fintech sector targets 100,000 new jobs and $8bn investment by 2020

August 3rd, 2015|

The UK’s burgeoning financial services technology (fintech) sector is targeting the creation of 100,000 jobs and $8bn of investment by 2020.

The goals have been set by Innovate Finance, the fintech trade body part-funded by the City of London Corporation and the government-backed British Business Bank. The organisation said the sector is already worth £20bn in […]