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Abundance Co-Founder & UKCFA Director Bruce Davis Spotlights Democratic Finance, ISAs & Crowdfunding in the UK

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The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey deadline has been extended until 6 January 2015. In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms… Read More

British Startup POD Point Scores £1.2M on Seedrs for Its Electric Car Chargers

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Earlier this month, London-based POD Point launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise £1.2 million for its network of electronic car chargers. According to its campaign website, POD Point has designed and manufactured electric vehicle (EV) charge points that are able to be used in the home and for public use. The charge points are… Read More

Crowdfunder Reveals Its Top 12 British Crowdfunding Projects of 2014


With only a week and half until the world rings in the new year, UK-based platform Crowdfunder presented its Top 12 British Crowdfunding Projects of 2014. Sharing details about the successful campaigns, the platform’s staff stated, “In the last 12 months we’ve seen some amazing projects. To celebrate this fact, we have pulled together our… Read More

Tracemyfile Raises Equity in Crossborder, UK/Sweden, Offer

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Cross border crowdfunding offers have only recently started to percolate up on various crowdfunding platforms.  While there have only been a few to date, one would expect these dynamic offers to be foreshadowing a future of crowdfunded securities  that are not constrained by national borders.  Tracemyfile, a cloud based service, just closed its equity crowdfunding round where shares in… Read More

The Clubhouse’s Adam Blaskey: Established Businesses Should Consider Using Crowdfunding

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Sharing his thoughts about crowdfunding and its benefits, Adam Blaskey, founder of a chain of private member businesses clubs in London known as The Clubhouse, sat down with the Telegraph and revealed that the funding method offers room for growth for startups as well as established businesses as well. During his interview, Blaskey stated, “If you… Read More

Lunar Mission One Set to Voyage to the Moon After Successfully Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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Kickstarter staff pick and space fan favorite Lunar Mission One successfully hit its crowdfunding goal raising over $1 million with the support of over 7200 backers.  Called the “most inspirational mission to the moon since the Apollo landings” the crowdfunded project hopes to send a unmanned craft to the South Pole of the Moon exploring… Read More

Nesta: 2015 Will See a High Profile Blow Up in the World of Crowdfunding, P2P Lending

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  The highly respected innovation charity Nesta, has published its annual list of predictions for 2015.  We all know that predictions are easily given and quickly forgotten.  More fun than fact that hopefully gives a good read while providing some perspective.  This year the soothsayers at Nesta are predicting a “blow up” in crowdfunding and… Read More

Local Peer to Peer Lender Folk2Folk Hits £40 Million in Loans

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Folk2Folk, a locally focused peer to peer lending platform, has passed a bit of a milestone.  The P2P site has now originated over £40 million in loans with a default rate of zero. Folk2Folk is the future of finance.  The company is targeting local businesses in need of funding.  Small companies ignored by local banks… Read More

RateSetter Takes on GraduRates Loan Book


With 2015 just around corner, RateSetter announced on Thursday (December 18th) that it has taken on the loan book of GraduRates, a fellow peer-to-peer (P2P) lender which helps students finance their education, funding loans for postgraduate study. GraduRates, which launched in 2010, has decided to run down its operations ahead of the impending regulation of… Read More

UK’s Pizza Rossa Opens Up Shop on Crowdcube; Seeks £150,000 in Equity

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Last year, the very popular (and delicious) Pizza Rossa launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube and took home £440,000 in just 17 days. Since then the company has opened a shop at London Wall, along with a pop-up at Leadenhall Market. Now, the startup is making a return to the popular platform, this time… Read More

Zano Zooms! Now Over $1.3 Million Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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I have come to the conclusion we will all soon own our own personal drones.  No longer the realm of futuristic films, smart drones (or somewhat smart drones) are now a reality.  Attending WakeStock this past summer I was impressed to see the aerial acrobatics all captured up close with a remotely controlled camera in… Read More

Report from Landbay: Lending to Buy-to-Let landlords Offers a Low Risk Alternative to Other P2P Platforms

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Landbay, a peer to peer lending platform that targets the buy-to-let market (or rental real estate sector), has commissioned a research report provided by Wriglesworth Consultancy to review their market niche.  The publication titled Democratizing Mortgage Lending has just been released. The published results, as shared by Landbay, state that for the cautious saver looking… Read More

Luke Lang: “Banks will continue to fail SMEs”

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Crowdcube CMO and co-founder Luke Lang has distributed a list of predictions for 2015.  These largely apply to the market in the United Kingdom but the there is much overlap as the themes have merit around the globe.  First and foremost is the simple fact that existing financial institutions have failed in their mission to… Read More

P2P Lending Platform Proplend Approved for Pension Funds

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Peer to peer lending platform Proplend has stated they are now approved for inclusion in pension funds.  Proplend is a direct lending platform that targets the secured commercial mortgage market.  In a company note, management states it has recently been approved by pension providers to accept investments from holders of Self-Invested Pension Plans (SIPPs), Small Self-Administered… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Lendable Raises £2.5 Million in Seed Round

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UK based peer to peer lending platform Lendable has raised approximately £2.5 million in a seed round. Lendable states their new platform, only launched at the beginning of 2014, can  deposit funds in your bank account in “minutes” – once a quote is accepted.  The company’s objective is to “make borrowing as swift and painless… Read More

UK Thought Leader Sam Ridler, Executive Director of Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, Delivers Answers, Challenges & Inspires

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In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on… Read More

Crowdcube’s Luke Lang Sets New Year’s Resolution: Double Funding & Branding in 2015

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Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang shared his goal 2015 goal with Insider’s Storm Rannard:  the platform is aiming to fund more than 200 businesses in 2015 after revealing that 100 companies are set to raise capital before the year is out. In his Insider interview, Lang promised to “continue to invest in Crowdcube’s workforce and marketing to consolidate its position… Read More

A Record Breaking Year Puts RateSetter in Pole Position for 2015


RateSetter has moved from 3rd to 1st to be at the forefront of the fintech revolution as it breaks into 2015  RateSetter will be ending 2014 on a high, confirming its position as the UK’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, turning a profit and having been recognized as one of the country’s most promising high-growth technology… Read More

London’s We Are Tea Hits Crowdcube to Raise Funds For Expansion

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Seeking to expand its already successful business, London-based startup We Are Tea launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £250,000. According to its campaign website, We Are Tea is a fast-growing company with a mission to make the world  of speciality tea more open and accessibly. It operates in the premium tea market and… Read More

FCA Bans Former Blackrock Employee for Skipping Train Fares

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The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a release stating that former Blackrock employee Jonathan Paul Burrows has been banned “from performing any function in relation to any regulated activities for not being fit and proper”. Tracey McDermott the FCA’s Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime, said: “Burrows held a senior position within the… Read More