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Crowdcube Venture Fund, Managed by Braveheart, Discloses First Four Investments

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Braveheart Investment Group has announced the first four investments in the Crowdcube Venture Fund.  The fund was announced by Crowdcube at the beginning of 2014.  Available only to Crowdcube registered investors, the fund allows investors to easily participate in a diversified portfolio of crowdfunded companies. Investing in early stage companies is risky but diversification can mitigate… Read More

PwC Warning: Banks Gotta Change … Or Else

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PwC Rings Warning Bell as Banks Face Possible Demise. “We are surely looking at the end the market and banks as we currently know them”.  As part of a report from a recent Peregrine Perspectives panel, an event that was organized in advance of George Osborne’s autumn statement, the comment was made; “we are surely… Read More

Brief: Number of Private Sector Businesses at All Time High in UK

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According to an official release from the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, private sector firms stand at an all time high topping 5.2 million businesses.  This record number was achieved by an annual increase of businesses of approximately 330,000 or 6.75% versus 2013.  The 5.2 million business are almost exclusively small enterprises employing… Read More

UK Peer to Peer Finance Association Creates New European Associate Membership


The Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has created a new type of membership targeting the wider audience of Europe. The “Associate European Member” is available for P2P lending applicants  within the European Economic Area. Accepted members will receive certain benefits, specifically; A bi-monthly e-newsletter from the P2PFA with membership news, details of industry events,… Read More

Landbay, a P2P Property Lending Platform, Joins P2PFA

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UK based Landbay has joined the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) becoming the latest member to adhere by the standards set by the advocacy group.  Landbay has targeted a segment of the real estate sector by lending against occupied housing.  The peer lender has differentiated their service from many other P2P lenders by added a… Read More

Former Chief Ombudsman, Tony Boorman, Joins UK P2PFA as a Director

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The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) announced last week the appointment of Tony Boorman, former Chief Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service, as a Director of the P2PFA. Tony will work with current P2PFA Chair Christine Farnish, as the Association continues to advocate on behalf of the peer to peer lending sector.  “Tony’s appointment demonstrates the dedication that… Read More

Crowdnetic Opens London Office, Targets UK Data


Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions, has launched on a financial media site Digital Look today. This content suite is stated to feature real-time information on private UK-based companies that are publicly raising capital online through securities-based crowdfunding and peer to peer lending platforms. Digital Look provides financial data, news and tools… Read More

Following Crowdfunding Round, Fruitful Launches New Peer to Peer Lending Platform

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Following a successful and rather quick equity crowdfunding raise on Crowdcube last year, Fruitful is launching a peer to peer lending platform for “everyday savers and full term commercial mortgage borrowers”.  The crowdfunding campaign had targeted a raise £140,000 for 8% equity.  In a note from the company, they clarified that £140,000 was raised in… Read More

UK Banks Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding (Video)

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Banks Called Out as Lost Decade of SME Finance. Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang, along with Dexion Capital founder Robin Bowie, hit the studios of UK Bloomberg this past week to do a bit of a critique of the banking industry.  The first question asked is if crowdfunding would exist if the traditional banking industry did… Read More

Brief: Peer-to-Peer Lender RateSetter Hits £400M Milestone


RateSetter is celebrating yet another huge milestone! The UK-based peer to peer lender announced this week that it has officially hit £400M. The platform, which launched in September 2010, enables lenders to get fair returns while cutting the cost of borrowing. Capital is at risk. Lenders and borrowers have the opportunity to take back control of their… Read More

British Scientists Turn to Kickstarter For Moon Landing Project; Reaches Nearly £253,000 in Two Days

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London-based, Lunar Mission, Ltd., launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise £600,000 for its new project, Lunar Mission One. The project is considered the “lunar mission for everyone” and has so far raised £252,753 from nearly 3,000 backers. Lunar Mission One is described as the most inspirational lunar project since the Apollo landings. The British… Read More

This Document Shows the Incredible Growth of Peer to Peer Lending in the UK

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The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association or P2PFA is a participant in the European expert group reviewing the environment for crowdfunding and peer to peer lending in the EU.  Recently the group met and the P2PFA made a presentation delivered by Sam Ridler, Executive Director of the group. P2P lending started in the UK… Read More

Assetz Capital Goes Green with Peer to Peer Energy Income Account

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UK based Assetz Capital has launched a new peer to peer product that is targeting “green loans”.  According to a report from the firm the financial product expects to generate a gross annual return of 7% and “reflects the growing demand for responsible and ethical investment”.  Investors may participate with a £20 minimum. The Green… Read More

FT Innovate 2014

  Through a dynamic mix of in-depth interviews, practical case studies, and panel debate, FT Innovate 2014 will bring together corporate innovation practitioners and innovation gurus from around the world to talk about how the digital big bang – and the digital natives, digital pioneers, digital technologies and digital practices it is spawning – is transforming the… Read More

Syndicate Room Rebrands; Offers First REIT Investment That Expects to Publicly Trade

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Amidst a recent site redesign that delivered a cleaner look to the fast growing investment crowdfunding platform, Syndicate Room has announced an industry “first” by offering shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).  The offer is expected to list on a UK stock exchange this December.  The offer went live this past Sunday on… Read More

Mambu Cloud Banking Powers UK Lending in Savvy Loans

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Mambu has announced that its cloud banking technology is powering Savvy Loans’ new lending program for individuals and small businesses. Savvy Loans Ltd., is a new entrant into the U.K. consumer credit market.  Mambu claims over 100 global clients today. According to a release by Mambu,  Savvy Loans has been able to quickly launch a… Read More

MedTech Company Sutrue Uses CrowdBnk to Raise Funding to Meet Patent Registration Deadline


According to a release from CrowdBnk, MedTech company Sutrue has leveraged the platform to fund its global patent registration filing deadline – “with only hours to spare”.  The small equity crowdfunding campaign raised £30,020 from 12 investors at £20 / share for 2.175% equity in the small company.  The investment was EIS eligible.  The company intends on offering… Read More

GamCrowd & Clarion Events Set to Partner on ICE Totally Gaming Events, Content

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GamCrowd, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform focusing on the gaming industry, has announced a partnership with Clarion Events and its ICE Totally Gaming conference.  The partnership is  designed to take visitors on a “journey of learning and discovery” at ICE Totally Gaming 2015. A series of events will run during the show programmed by GamCrowd.  These… Read More

Inspired By Tragedy, Life-Saving Swimming Pool Alarm Launches Thanks to Funding Tree


An entrepreneur who was inspired to develop a foolproof swimming pool alarm for children after a neighbor’s toddler drowned is about to put his vision into production, thanks to the crowdfunding platform Funding Tree. John Barstead was running an electrical engineering business in Johannesburg, South Africa, when the two-year-old boy died. In an area where many… Read More

Crowdcube Investor Event – London

We will be showcasing a number of businesses that are currently pitching on Crowdcube. This is your opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs behind the businesses, find out more about their story, what makes their business tick and what plans they have for the future. Crowdcube team members will also be there to answer any questions… Read More