Weekly Lending Review: week 38

Week 38: 16 – 22 September 2013

Last week was our best week ever for lending as £3.5 million made its way to businesses across the UK. The Midlands and the South East of England were the two most popular areas for loan requests, with working capital cited as the loan purpose for the majority of loans.

New loans

There were 56 new business loans listed last week and there are currently 30 auctions on the marketplace.

The total value of the new listed loans was £3,109,500; that’s an average of £55,527 per loan. The largest loan value was £150,000 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans still available for bidding on for the next 3 days or more:

Weekly marketplace trends

These graphs show the most recent activity on the marketplace. The average gross yield graph is reported weekly and shows a rolling two week average. Number of loans, value of loans and secondary market are reported weekly. The dates on the graph should be read as ‘week beginning’, for example: 16-Sep represents the week of 16th – 22nd September.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)


Number of listed loans per week


Listed loan value per week


News you should know

We’ve started a feature on our blog which will showcase some of the great products that you, our investor community, have helped create by lending to British businesses. This month, we’re with Balm Balm; an organic skincare manufacturer from London. If you have an upcoming birthday or housewarming to go to, these products are unique and make ideal gifts.

Community Discussions

This week we’re talking about taxation of bad debts. Have your say on our community forum.

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Loans defaulted last week

Burnley Bakery. Loan 2495

This family-run business had been trading since 1946 and was put into liquidation last month. We have made a full recovery on this loan and all 592 investors have been notified.

Logistical solutions provider. Loan 1469

This Cardiff-based business has been trading for 12 years and specialises in freight management. After experiencing cash-flow difficulties a meeting of creditors was called. The original loan amount was £100,000 and all 1,020 investors have been notified.

Enjoy lending, The Funding Circle Team

You can read last week’s weekly lending review here.


Jack Pritchett

Senior Communications Manager