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Zopa: “Peer to peer ISAs will be Game Changer”


The peer to peer lending industry sees the light at the end of the tunnel as the UK government nears the day when retirement funds, in the form of Individual Savings Acccounts (ISAs) will be able to invest in P2P loans.  Last week the UK government announced a new consultation paper on the subject and… Read More

Brief: Zopa Appoints Former Capital One Executive as New COO


Peer to peer lending platform Zopa has announced a strategic hire with the appointment of Jaidev Janardana who is now the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Jaidev was previously the Chief Marketing Officer for Capital One UK. During Jaideve’s tenure at Capital One he was involved with the credit card division managing product strategy,  credit… Read More

AltFi Awards Recognizes New Financial Innovators

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AltFinance News celebrated innovation in finance yesterday with their AltFi Awards 2014. The ceremony was held at the Vinopolis in London and recognized a diverse group financial industry participants including crowdfunding and peer to peer lending sites.  The big winner for the night was RateSetter who took home three different trophies. The companies receiving awards… Read More

Crowdcube, Zopa & Funding Circle on List of Smarta Breakthrough Winners

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Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has been joined by peer to peer (P2P) lenders Zopa and Funding Circle in being recognized by the Smarta Breakthrough 50 awards. These awards, sponsored by Santander, are designed to “shine a light” on the most inspiring businesses in the United Kingdom.  The winners were unveiled this past week and the official… Read More

Zopa Moneyfesto Hammers Credit Card Hell


UK based Zopa, one of the largest P2P platforms in existence having loaned over half a billion pounds on their platform, has published a “Moneyfesto” gunning for the usurious financial structure many (not all – mind you) credit card companies employ to squeeze their customers.  Of course the credit card industry is a realm that… Read More

Concert Crowdfunding Platform RABBL Announces New Service


Sharing exciting news to its fans, leader of crowdfunding in concerts and the world’s first social booking platform, RABBL announced earlier this week its’ latest website addition, Fan Rabbls. The new service will allow fans to prove real demand for their favorite musicans and puts them at the center of every booking decision in live… Read More

Zopa P2P Platform Surpasses £500 Million in Loans


P2P Lending Booms as Banks are Cut Out. According to Zopa, the fast growing peer-to-peer lending platform has now lent over £500 million  (Over $813,000,000).  Hurdling the half billion mark clearly places P2P lending in the mainstream of finance in the UK. In the past 12 months alone, Zopa has lent £200 million representing 40%… Read More

Seven UK Crowdfunding Power Players Team Up On New Web Portal, Outreach Initiative


Seven of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms have teamed up to launch alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk, a new web portal aimed at providing SMEs with “a free and easy way for SMEs to find alternative business funding.” Crowdcube, Seedrs, Zopa, Funding Circle, MarketInvoice, Platform Black and Pensionledfunding.com are all part of the initiative. We are focused on making… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lenders in the United Kingdom


The Guardian has put together a very practical list of all the major P2P lenders in the United Kingdom.  The UK has been at the forefront of the P2P crowdfunding industry and the companies participating in this new sector have experienced dramatic growth. The major P2P platforms included: Assetz Capital – started operations in 2013… Read More

UK Peer Lending Platform Zopa Raises £15M


London-based peer lending platform Zopa has closed a £15 million funding round led by Arrowgrass Capital Partners. Augmentum Capital, Wellington Partners and Balderton Capital also took a stake. As part of the deal, Arrowgrass CEO Henry Kenner will receive a seat on the board. Zopa has raised over $56 million in venture capital since inception… Read More

Brief: Peer-to-Business Lending In Ireland Expected To Surge


Zopa is the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending service, and one of the company’s co-founders has made a pretty amazing prediction about the size of the peer-to-business lending market in Ireland. In an interview with The Irish Times, Simon Deane-Johns predicted that peer-to-business lending throughput in Ireland could grow to as much as €100 million in three… Read More

UK “Alt Finance” Industry has Surpassed £1 Billion According to Report

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In a report filed earlier this week from the Liberum AltFi Index, the crowdfunding industry including both debt and equity, has surpassed the £1 billion “milestone”.  The alternative finance sector categorized as P2P,  equity crowdfunding and invoice lending was quoted at £,028,340,769 as of December 31, 2013.  An, Analyst for Liberum Capital  Cormac Leech, said… Read More

“Transforming Finance” & the UK Banking System (Video)

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The Finance Innovation Lab is believes in the need to innovate across the whole financial system at once for change to happen.  Supported by a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Finance Lab has produced a video about what is broken with today’s banking system in the UK and what needs to change to… Read More

Chancellor of Exchequer Osborne to Allow P2P Investors Tax Free Returns

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In multiple reports, Chancellor George Osborne is said to allow tax free returned from peer-to-peer lending platforms like Zopa, Funding Circle, LendInvest and others.  Savers have been able to increase their rate of return by participating in these platforms thus cutting out traditional banks in a more efficient process of lending.  Savers would include their… Read More

UK Based eMoneyUnion CEO Lee Birkett Speaks with Crowdfunding Podcast on Peer to Peer Lending


Based near Manchester, eMoneyUnion is a Peer to Peer Lending Platform that Serves Non Standard Borrowers in the United Kingdom.  CEO Lee Birkett recently sat down for an interview on Crowdfunding Podcast. eMoneyUnion presents pre-approved borrowers to lenders acting as a peer to peer loan matchmaking underwriting service.  Loans may be requested from £1000 up… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Site Zopa to Offer Business Loans Soon


The United Kingdom’s largest peer to peer lending site Zopa has announced they expect to be offering business loans soon.  Presently their platform is designed to support peer to peer personal consumer loans matching borrowers to investors. Zopa has been in business for over 8 years successfully filling a much needed gap during the financial… Read More

In with the in crowd


IT was once a case of hoping for a sympathetic bank manager to back the next big idea. Now everyone from scientists to artists is turning to crowdfunding – appealing on the internet for ordinary people to back their dream project with cash. One of the world’s largest crowdfunding websites launched in the UK just… Read More

Crowdfunding In Europe: The Top 10 ‘Peer-to-Peer’ Lenders

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Crowdfunders generally fall into different categories: equity, donation, reward, and debt. The last is also known as microfinancing — and commonly referred to in Europe as “peer-to-peer lending.” Here are the top 10 up-and-coming peer-to-peer lenders e making financial waves in Europe: 1. Zopa – This London-based P2P lender offers loans of up to £10,000,… Read More

Comedy club boss to put smile on faces of firms seeking funds

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HE was the man who launched Dublin’s Laughter Lounge comedy club, but Peter O’Mahony is finding nothing funny about Irish banks’ refusal to lend money. So the entrepreneur is about to introduce Crowdfunding to Ireland following its success in the US and Britain. “Basically, it’s where ordinary people with a bit of spare cash lend… Read More