B-North, a UK-based business lending company, is now seeking £1,750,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The company is now offering 10.94% in equity at a £14,247,942 pre-money valuation.
“B-North wants to disrupt the £154 billion UK business lending market. The majority of SME lending is via the big High Street banks and our experience shows they often use outdated ‘legacy’ systems, rigid lending policies, and faceless, centralised processing centres. SMEs can have to jump through hoops and face an impersonal ‘computer says no’ approach, and our experience shows that it can take more than four months before they get their cash, so their development plans may have to be put on hold.”
B-North previously raised £4.2 million and is aiming to receive its banking license in the first quarter of 2020. It then will aim to start lending shortly after.
So far, the campaign has raised more than £1.5 million, with the company currently raising investment from new and existing investors through the Growth Capital Ventures platform. Crowdcube added that the investment is reflected on the Crowdcube platform to provide clarity as to the fully diluted position. that will be available to investors after completion of the entire investment round. It was then noted that the pre-money valuation B-North includes an additional investment of £250,000 of seed funding, which is not reflected on the pitch bar. The campaign is set to close at the end of December.
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