Highlights from 2015 – and what a year it’s been

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at some of our highlights from the past 12 months. And what a year it’s been!

More than £500m lent in 2015

In January 2015 the marketplace passed £500 million lent to small businesses across the UK, and now we’re fast approaching the £1 billion milestone. This achievement would not have been possible without our investor and borrower communities, so we’d like to say a big thank you to all for your continued support!

Growing the UK marketplace

Our investor community has grown significantly with 45,275 investors now lending to businesses, including 19 local councils, financial organisations, Huddersfield University and the UK Government.

7,250 British businesses have borrowed through the marketplace in this year alone, bringing the total number of business loans to more than 15,000. We’ve been lucky enough to visit some of these borrowers to find out how your money has helped their businesses succeed. You can read their stories on the blog.

Launching in Europe

In October, we launched across Europe to help even more small businesses access finance, so we teamed up with our colleagues in the US, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands to put together a short video of our highlights.

You’ll meet members of the Funding Circle team in all geographies, hear from some of our favourite borrowers from the year and get a sense of how you’re helping the wider economy. 

2015 highlights video

We hope you all enjoy a break over the holiday period, with best wishes for the year ahead.
The Funding Circle team

Jack Pritchett

Senior Communications Manager