Tagged: small businesses

All Non-Essential UK Retail Businesses May Reopen from April 12, 2021, Funding Circle Confirms while Sharing Other Small Business Tips

Online lender Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) recently commented on what the roadmap out of the COVID-19 lockdown means for small businesses. On February 22, 2021, the UK government announced its “highly anticipated” four-phase roadmap out of the Coronavirus-related lockdown — and contained within it were several… Read More

Overfunding: Hybrid B2B Marketplace For Alternative SME Liquidity iFactor Quickly Surpasses €625,000 Funding Target Through Seedrs campaign

iFactor, a Romania-based hybrid B2B marketplace for alternative SME liquidity, has successfully secured its initial €625,000 funding target and is now nearing €715,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Founded in 2016, iFactor describes itself as a fintech startup that is on a mission… Read More

Fintech Unicorn Brex Explains how Digital Commerce Startups can Scale Operations by Selling Wholesale

Silicon Valley-based Fintech Unicorn Brex recently explained how selling wholesale can help your business expand its operations. Brex notes that many digital commerce business owners start out quite small: an online shop or retail location, a “handful of new products” and perhaps a couple of… Read More

Biz2Credit Announces Support For Biden-Harris Administration’s PPP Changes to Promote More Equitable Access to Funding

  Biz2Credit announced earlier this week it supports Biden-Harris Administration’s changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The company claims that the changes will promote more equitable access to funding for small businesses in need of funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biz2Credit further revealed it has… Read More

New Record for Lenders on October Platform: 5,672 Private Investors from France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands lent to Sandaya Initiative

Camille David from European online lender October reveals that 5,672 private investors from all across Europe have reportedly financed the Sandaya project via the October platform – which is notably a new record. Claire Juliard, who leads October Connect, confirmed that this is in fact… Read More

Advanced Facial Biometrics Now Being Used by Singapore’s DBS Bank to Perform Data Authentication and Verification

Singapore-based DBS Bank Ltd (SGX:D05), a multinational banking and financial services corporation with over $330 billion in assets, is reportedly using facial biometrics for handling online corporate account opening processes for small businesses. This should help the bank with speeding up information authentication and verification…. Read More

Lithuania based Debitum, which Provides Borderless Small Business Financing, Reports that it Now Offers Profitable Investment Tools

Lithuania-based Debitum, which offers borderless small business financing, notes that December 2020 was the month that “concluded a great year” for the platform. During 2020, Debitum managed to reach several key milestones: more than 3 million EUR outstanding portfolio, more than 20 million EUR of… Read More

UK’s CBILS Scheme has Become Viable Investment Opportunity for Credit Funds and Specialty Lenders

An article from Global Capital notes that more securitizations of United Kingdom government-backed SME loans are being carried out in private. Last month, Funding Circle had reportedly finalized a deal with Sixth Street and Barclays. Since the UK’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) was… Read More

Chris Macklin from Assetz Capital Explains how P2P Lender Managed the Platform Loan Book During COVID-19 Pandemic

Chris Macklin, Chief Risk Officer at Assetz Capital, a peer-to-peer lender that originates secured loans, has provided a loan book update. As noted in a blog post by Assetz Capital, Macklin explained how the platform managed the loan book during the COVID-19 pandemic and shared… Read More

OnDeck Explains how Small Businesses in the US May Apply for First or Second Draw PPP Loans Now through March 31, 2021

OnDeck notes that the Small Business Administration (SBA) and US Treasury Department have resumed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans (on the week of January 11, 2021, and on January 13, 2021). OnDeck, which was acquired by Enova (NYSE:ENVA) last year, has… Read More

SME Lender October Confirms that French Government has Extended State-Guaranteed Loans Program to June 2021

European online lender October notes that in March 2020, the French State had announced a package of €300 billion in State-guaranteed loans (PGE) in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the amendment voted on in April 2020, lending marketplaces… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Funding Societies, an Online Capital Formation Platform, Reports S$2 Billion in Business Financing Disbursals

Southeast Asia-based Funding Societies, a digital financing platform, has revealed that it has made S$2 billion (appr. $1.5 billion) in disbursals of business financing to SMEs across the region as the company enters its sixth year of offering loans. Funding Societies’ management noted that the… Read More

Overfunding: Application Tracking System For SMEs STRYVE Raises More Than £380,000 Through Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube

  STRYVE, a UK-based applicant tracking system (ATS) for small businesses provider, has successfully raised more than £380,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The funding round launched last month, originally seeking £280,000 in funding, and has attracted 225 Crowdcube investors. Founded in 2020,… Read More

Tide Charity Reportedly Awards  £175,000 to Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 Pandemic

  UK-based challenger bank Tide recently announced its Tide Charity has donated £175,000 to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Tide, the charity launched in November 2020 in partnership with the Daily Mail, Karren Brady, and The Federation of Small Businesses. Its mission is… Read More

European Online Lender October Makes it on French Tech Next40 Ranking 2021 which lists Most Promising Startups and Unicorns

European online lender October notes that on February 8, 2020, they got a very good surprise when they found out that they had been ranked in the French Tech Next40 2021 ranking. October had also been recognized for its services in 2020, but claims it… Read More

Bitcoin Adoption: Small Business Owners in India Reveal how Accepting BTC Payments has Helped their Companies

Deepika, who writes blog posts for LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange, has asked whether there are any small business owners in India that accept BTC as a form of payment for goods and services. Deepika notes that it can be inconvenient when a small business… Read More

Siam Validus, an SME Funding Platform, Acquires a Debenture Crowdfunding License from the SEC in Thailand

SME or small business crowdfunding platform Siam Validus has reportedly received a debenture crowdfunding license from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand (SEC). Siam Validus is a joint initiative between Singapore’s SME financing platform Validus and SCG Distribution, a Thailand-based firm that specializes in… Read More

Barclays Joins Forces With Smart Pension to Provide SMEs With Access to Pensions Platform

Barclays announced on Thursday it has joined forces with UK-based online pension provider Smart Pension to provide its network of 1,100 businesses with access to the Smart Pension platform. “Businesses that sign up through Barclays will be able to offer their employees access to the… Read More

LendingUSA Opens Second Round Paycheck Protection Program Applications For Small Business Owners

  LendingUSA, a U.S.-based fintech lender that provides loans to small businesses ranging from $1000 to $35,000, recently announced it has teamed up with Cross River Bank to open second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications for small businesses. LendingUSA reported that small business… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Partners Inter-American Development Bank, 40+ Fintechs in LatAm to Examine SME Access to Finance

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has revealed that their organization and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School are teaming up with the Inter-American Development Bank, which works to improve lives of people in the Latin America (LatAm) and the Caribbean region. We… Read More

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