LendIt 2015: find out how marketplace lending could help your business expand

Last year Funding Circle sponsored LendIt Europe, which is the largest conference dedicated to marketplace lending, bringing together the leading platforms, investors, and service providers in the industry. The conference, which took place over two days in Central London, had more than 800 attendees from 45 different countries.

It was a proud moment for Funding Circle as CEO Samir Desai gave the keynote speech announcing that we’d launched in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. You can read more about how Funding Circle is helping businesses across Europe access finance on the blog.

During the conference, we invited Funding Circle borrowers Maria and David to discuss their experience of taking out a business loan through the marketplace. Find out what they think is the key to running a fast moving successful business in the two videos below.

Lendit Maria fabric specialist

Maria Hopwood runs an online striped fabric business in Chester called The Stripes Company and since 2011 has borrowed over £175,000 across 3 business loans. In the short video below Maria explains how accessing finance quickly has been key to the success of her business as it has enabled her to service demand.

Watch Maria’s Small Business Success Story.

David Ambic furniture manufacturer

David Potter is a Director at school furniture manufacturer Ambic Ltd based in County Durham. The business, which has been operating for over 30 years, needed finance to help with working capital. In the short video below David explains how receiving £100,000 within two weeks through the Funding Circle marketplace was a lifeline for his business.

Watch David’s Small Business Success Story.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to both Maria and David for taking the time to travel to London and speak – it was truly inspiring!

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Rob McCorquodale