Tagged: sme’s

Santander Plans to Launch New Stand-Alone UK Digital Bank for SMEs

Banking giant Santander is currently making preparation to launch a new stand-alone UK digital bank specifically for SMEs within the next few months. According to the Telegraph, The Spain-based bank is also considering bringing its digital lending service, Openbank to the UK as well. A spokesperson… Read More

Payments Firm WorldFirst Says UK SMEs Look Beyond Brexit

WorldFirst, a Fintech payment platform, is out with a report on UK SMEs. Their ninth quarterly Global Trade Barometer is putting a positive spin on the UK economy as smaller firms position themselves for the post Brexit reality. WorldFirst says more payments are beginning to… Read More

LendInvest Calls Upon UK Government to Improve Finance Access for Property SMEs

Online lending platform LendInvest announced on Thursday it is putting the UK government “on notice” to improve access to finance for property SMEs by forging better partnerships with the alternative finance industry.  LendInvest reported that in a new report entitled Putting Finance First: the alternative route to… Read More

Jay Clayton: The Issue of Facilitating Capital Formation and Increasing the Attractiveness of the Public Markets for Smaller Companies is One of My Highest Priorities

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton re-affirmed his commitment to bolster the environment for smaller companies to more easily raise the growth capital they need and to help foster a more conducive IPO market for SMEs. Speaking at an Equity Market Structure Symposium in… Read More

Lendr Announces Launch of Business Debit Cards

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Lendr, a provider of flexible working capital to small- and medium-sized businesses, specializing in business finance and factoring solutions, announced on Monday it has launched a new business debit card product to service its growing client base.   Lendr reported that the ability to fund business owners in… Read More

Nucleus Commercial Finance Milestone: Lends £350 Million in 2017

Online balance sheet lender, Nucleus Commercial Finance, reportedly lent £350 million in 2017. Founded in 2011, the lender revealed its platform was created in order to provide UK SEMs with alternative funding options. It was revealed: “At Nucleus, we combine the stability of bank finance with the… Read More

ING Expands SME Lending in France & Italy

ING announced this week it has started to offer online lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in France and Italy. According to ING, this proposition fits its strategy to grow its lending business to SMEs and creating a differentiating customer experience. The offering has… Read More

ABN AMRO Launches New10 Initiative: Lets SMEs Know Within 15 Minutes Whether They Qualify For a Loan

Last week, ABN AMRO announced the launch of its new SMEs initiative, New10. According to the company, New10 allows SMEs to know within 15 minutes whether they qualify for a loan and under what terms and conditions. ABN AMRO noted New10 meets the needs of this group… Read More

Credit Everywhere: Square Reports $318 Million in Loans for Q2, an Increase of 68% Year Over Year

Square (NYSE:SQ) reported Q2 earnings yesterday. The company topped expectations by posting a loss of ($0.04) a share versus an expected loss of ($0.05) a share. While the company entered its existence as a streamlined payments processor for everyone, Square has quickly morphed into a… Read More

Catching Up with Michael Koenitzer of Global Debt Registry: Shedding Light on Loan Validation, Blockchain, Regulations & Future of Fintech

Last month Michael Koenitzer joined Global Debt Registry (GDR) as its Director of Business Development in the new New York office.  Since joining the GDR team he has focused on building and supporting customer relationships with key investor accounts and senior lenders. Koenitzer joined GDR with… Read More

Bitbond & BitPesa Announces New Partnership: Seeks to Improve Financing of SMEs in Africa

German-based SME lending platform Bitbond and African payment services provider BitPesa announced on Monday they have formed a new partnership to improve access to African SMEs financing.  Bitbond stated that by working with BitPesa, borrowers who receive funding on its lending platform can now have their loan… Read More

PwC’s SME Equity Financing Atlas: There is an Investment Boom in SMEs

PwC’s Accelerator has published the first edition of their SME Equity Financing Atlas.  According to their data, equity investments in SMEs have been growing steadily over the last years. The main drivers are the accumulation of capital in investor’s hand, new technologies and low-interest rates…. Read More

Assetz Capital Embraces Local Presence to Boost Online Lending

As traditional banks reduce their physical presence across the country some online lenders are increasing their brick and mortar operations.  Assetz Capital is investing in their regional team and, in fact, grew their numbers by 110% during 2016. Stuart Law CEO and co-founder of the P2P… Read More

Big Ticket Borrowing: Midsized Companies Turn to Marketplace Lending at Lendix & Creditshelf

At the onset of the marketplace lending market, lending to businesses was equated with lending to small and very small businesses: businesses at the low end of the small and medium-size enterprise (SME) market who were borrowing on average under €100,000.  However, as the alternative lending… Read More

LendingCrowd Launches Innovative Finance ISA

LendingCrowd, one of the UK’s fastest-growing alternative finance lenders to the SME market, announced on Thursday it launched one of the first Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISAs) by a peer-to-peer lender with a target rate of return of 6% a year. The online lender revealed that with… Read More

Royal Bank of Scotland’s NatWest Announces Digital SME Lending Platform Debut

Royal Bank of Scotland’s NatWest announced it is set to launch its very own digital SME lending platform called Esme. The new platform is notably set to offer new and existing NatWest customers with unsecured loans that are worth up to £150,000 for a maximum… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Relaxes Some Rules to Improve Financing of SMEs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced regulatory changes to boost the resilience of finance companies and enhance their ability to provide financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The financial regulator said that some finance companies fill an important niche in providing access… Read More

Africa Courier Express Founders Launch New Finance Services Platform Lidya

Lidya, an online financial services platform, officially went live on Monday and is now issuing loans to SMEs. The new website was created by the founders of Africa Courier Express (ACE), Tunde Kehinde and Ercin Eksin. The founders of Lidya revealed its first product is a… Read More

FundedHere’s CEO Lauds Singapore’s Securities-Based Crowdfunding Approach

On Wednesday (June 8), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced it is revamping the country’s crowdfunding industry by offering new ways for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to gain access to funds through securities-based crowdfunding (SCF) platforms easier. MAS stated in a press release it… Read More

OnDeck Expands Lending Options for Small Businesses in Canada By Introducing New Line of Credit & Loan Terms

On Tuesday, Online lender to SMEs, OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) announced it was expanding lending Canada’s small businesses by including a line of credit up to CAD$50,000 and loan term up to CAD$250,000 to help meet the growing needs of the country’s 1.1 million small businesses. In… Read More