September 20th, 2015|

Crowdfunding, along with other methods of alternative financing, have grown fast in recent years. That’s partially due to the Great Recession, which pulverized confidence and made it much more difficult for businesses — especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) — to secure capital from banks.

The UK has a long history of financial innovation, so it’s […]

Beehive, UAE’s P2P finance provider channels over $3 Million USD in finance

August 7th, 2015|

Beehive, the UAE’s online marketplace for peer-to-peer finance, announced it has facilitated over AED 12 million ($3 million) in finance for more than 25 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE since its launch in November 2014. The funds, raised from investors on the Beehive platform, have allowed businesses across a broad range of […]

Do SMEs understand alternative finance?

July 30th, 2015|

The majority of small businesses do not have a clear understanding of alternative finance, with less than 10 per cent of SME owners approaching alternative platforms for funding.

Merchant Money, a finance provider for UK SMEs has released its annual alternative finance guide for SMEs. In conjunction with a Nesta study, the firm has found that […]

Peer to Peer Lending – The pro’s and con’s | FT Business

July 25th, 2015|

Emma Dunkley, FT retail banking correspondent, examines the risks and benefits of alternative peer-to-peer lending platforms, which use technology to match lenders to borrowers directly in an easier and more efficient way than traditional banking.