Highlights from our summer investor evening

This summer, we welcomed 60 investors to our office in London for our fifth investor evening. We always enjoy meeting you, these evenings are a great way for you to find out what we have been working on, as well as providing a forum to give feedback. We hope those who attended had a great evening ‒ we really appreciate you taking the time to visit us.

For those who weren’t able to attend, we have put together a couple of videos from the evening. The first is a quick two minute highlight video showing how the evening went.

 

We also wanted to share an extended highlights video, outlining some of the key themes of the evening:

Key Themes:

Playing a vital role in the economy

James Meekings, Co-founder and UK Managing Director, gave an overview of the positive impact your lending has had on the UK economy since 2010, along with an update on what the EU referendum means for Funding Circle. Read more on how your lending has boosted the U.K Economy by £2.7 billion since 2010.

Delivering a strong and consistent credit performance

Jerome Le Luel, our Global Chief Risk officer, discussed how we use a balanced mix of risk tools when assessing businesses to ensure we create a full picture of a borrower’s financial health.

Jerome also discussed our recent work in stress-testing the Funding Circle loanbook. You can see what could happen to your returns in the event of the UK entering a recession on our blog. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Supporting Britain’s small homebuilders

Luke Jooste, head of Real Estate & Broker Introduced Finance, talked about how Funding Circle investors are providing a solution to Britain’s housing crisis, helping to bridge the funding gap that small property developers face. We’ll be discussing more on how property lending works at Funding Circle in the coming months.

Working hard to recover your investment

Andrew Jackson, head of Collections and Recoveries, shared how the recovery rate on defaulted loans has increased since bringing our Collections and Recoveries team in-house in 2014. He also spoke about our ‘survival for revival’ strategy – which often yields the best long term results for investors.

You can read more on how our collections and recoveries process works here.

We always look forward to meeting you, and will hold more of these evenings in the future. Look out for invitations in future weekly and monthly newsletters.

Enjoy lending,

The Funding Circle team

Winter warmers: our 6 step guide to keeping cosy

What could be  better than snuggling up with your loved ones in-front of a fire over the holidays? A new pair of snug socks or a mug of hot apple cider to warm you up of course!  Stay cosy this season with our 6 step guide, featuring businesses that have flourished thanks to Funding Circle investors.

Step 1: Cosy cashmere

Cuddle up in a new cashmere jumper this season from the The Cashmere Centre. The company, based in beautiful Buckinghamshire, have a delightful range of cashmere goods. From slippers and socks to a woven house robe, you’re guaranteed to be comfortable in this soft range of clothing. In order to increase stock and improve their online presence, The Cashmere Centre borrowed £40,000 from 507 investors back in 2010.  

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Step 2: Beautiful beanies

Need to pop to the shop? Don’t forget your new Fuzzy Earflap Beanie beanie from Countryside Ski & Climb. The company specialise in outdoor equipment, so if you’re looking for new winter jackets or gloves, have a browse on their online shop. To update their website and improve their customer experience, Countryside Ski & Climb accessed £20,000 from 172 investors in 2011.

Step 3: Tasty tea

Now you’re all wrapped up, why not make yourself a cup of loose leaf tea from Nothing But Tea? The family-run tea shop have a wealth of experience in tea and stock over 200 different types! Whether you like a classic Earl Grey, Orange Blossom Oolong, or something a bit different like their Peanut Butter and Jam Fruit Tea, this shop has something to suit all taste buds. To increase stock levels to ensure prompt service, Nothing But Tea borrowed £10,000 in February 2011.

Step 4: Amazing apple Cider

If you’re more of an apple cider enthusiast, then Omi’s Apfelstrudel is for you! Omi’s Apfelstrudel presses delicious juice in Austria’s apple growing centre “Steiermark”. Drink it hot, cold, or with a little dash of spirit – whatever you fancy! To launch a new marketing campaign, Omi’s Apfelstrudel borrowed through the Funding Circle marketplace in the Netherlands in 2015.

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Step 5: Mood lighting

Wouldn’t a nice new set of fairy lights warm up your living room? Cable and Cotton encourage you to personalise your beautiful hand-made lights. Orange, yellow and burgundy hues are the perfect way to light up your home during those dark evenings. To fund stock purchase, 428 Funding Circle investors helped Cable and Cotton access £50,000 back in 2012.

Step 6: Bubble bath

Finish your day with an aromatic scented bath with foams, salts and oils from Neals Yard Remedies, based in charming Bath, England. Their popular lavender duo will help you unwind and relax – whether during a long soothing soak in the bath or a refreshing shower, it’s the perfect way to end your day. The popular shop increased their turnover by 30% over the holiday season after borrowing £100,000 from 935 individual investors.

Are you interested in lending to businesses like these?

Lend alongside 53,000 investors and support small businesses across the UK by signing up online today.

You can use our investor information guide to help you get started and there are thousands of loans which you can be a part of, making it quick and easy to build a diversified portfolio. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Looking to expand your business?

We’ve helped more than 17,000 businesses access finance for a range of finance needs, including hiring staff, opening new shops and working capital. Get your instant quote today.

Enjoy lending. The Funding Circle team

We’re changing our interest rates | Weekly Lending Review

Week 43: 24 – 28 October

We regularly review our interest rates, taking into account a number of factors including macroeconomic trends and wider competition in the marketplace. Following our recent review, we’ll be updating our interest rates on Monday 7 November 2016. Read more about the new interest rates in our blog.

Please note the new interest rates will not affect any loan parts you currently hold and there’s nothing you need to do.

New loans available to you

There are currently 5 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was £24,867,920, averaging at £79,189 per loan. The largest loan value was £572,260 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Loan parts available for you to buy:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

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Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

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Listed loan value per week

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Total amount lent

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Loan parts available to buy from other investors

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News you should know

We’ve been included in the Future of Fintech Awards shortlist, which lists the top 10 financial technology companies to watch. Find out more in the FT.

Loans defaulted last week

Clothes shop. Loan 1248. Risk band E

This London business has been running since 2003 and was placed into liquidation in October 2016.

Restaurant. Loan 8813. Risk band C

This Gloucestershire business was established in 2014 and was declared bankrupt in September 2016.

Hairdressers. Loan 18589. Risk band E

This Merseyside business has been running since 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Gas mains specialist. Loan 21322. Risk band D

This Glasgow business was established in 2011 and was placed into administration in October 2016.

Digital agency. Loan 11506. Risk band C

This London business has been running since 2009 and is 3 months in arrears.

Building maintenance service. Loan 21193. Risk band C

This West Sussex business was established in 2006 and is 3 months in arrears.

Shop. Loan 6028. Risk band B

This West Midlands business has been running since 2009 and is 3 months in arrears.

Car showroom. Loan 25739. Risk band B

This West Midlands business was established in 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Dairy farm. Loan 9228. Risk band B

This County Tyrone business is 3 months in arrears.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

Changes to Funding Circle’s UK rates

At Funding Circle, our aim is for investors to be able to earn attractive returns that reflect the level of risk involved when lending to businesses. As part of this commitment, we regularly review our rates, taking a number of factors into account including macroeconomic trends, expected bad debt rates and wider competition in the market.

Over the last six years you have helped over 17,000 small businesses access finance. This has provided us with more credit performance data, allowing us to make even more accurate pricing decisions.

Following our recent review, we wanted to let you know about some upcoming changes to the fixed interest rates on the Funding Circle marketplace.

The new rates will not affect any loan parts you currently hold, and will not apply to property loans, which are priced individually. Taking into account the rate changes across all risk bands, and the proportion of loans we expect to list in each risk band, we expect the estimated return for investors with a diversified portfolio, after fees and bad debt, to be approximately 7.0%.

As an example, If we applied these new rates to the last 100 loans accepted on the marketplace (as of 19th October 2016), we estimate that the annual return for those loans after fees and bad debt, but before tax, would be 7.0%.*

What are the new rates?

From 7th November 2016, we will begin to list small business loans in the UK at the gross interest rates below. These rates are shown before fees and bad debts.

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As some borrowers will have begun their application before the new rates are introduced, you may see loans listed at different rates for the same risk band and term length for up to 15 days from 7th November.

There will be no change to our estimated bad debt rates due to this change. You can see our estimated bad debt rates by risk band on our statistics page, and remember that by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

If you use Autobid to lend to businesses, there is nothing you need to do as Autobid will continue to place bids on new loans at the new rates. The interest rates you currently have saved in your Autobid settings will still apply for buying loan parts on the secondary market. If you want to update your settings in order to buy loan parts on the secondary market at different rates, you can update them by logging into your account and navigating to Autobid.

How have the rates changed?

We are lowering rates for A+, A and B risk bands and increasing them for C (except for loans with a 6 month term, which are being lowered), D and E bands. You can see how the new rates compare to our current rates in the table below.

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Why are the rates changing?

The new rates ensure we can continue to compete in an increasingly competitive market for lower-risk borrowers.

In addition, increasing the rates for some of our higher-risk bands will increase the loss coverage on those risk bands. The loss coverage is the number of times the estimated bad debt for that risk band would need to increase by, before it begins to affect the initial amount invested by investors. Loss coverage is important to consider when thinking about what might happen in an economic downturn.

The loss coverage for loans across all risk bands under the new rates will be 4.0x. Our latest stress tests estimate that in a downturn similar to the one experienced in 2008, bad debt for small business loans could increase by 2.0x. You can read more on how investor returns could be affected in an economic downturn here.

What does this mean for overall returns?

We anticipate that returns after fees and bad debt, but before tax, for investors with a well-diversified portfolio will not be significantly impacted by the new rates. There will be no change to our estimated bad debt rates due to this change. Looking at the proportion of loans we expect to list in each risk band after the new rates are introduced, we estimate that the annual return for investors across these loans, after fees and bad debt, will be approximately 7.0%.

This is similar to the estimated annual return for loans originated on the Funding Circle marketplace since 2014, seen in the table below.**

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Since the Bank of England’s decision to cut the base rate in August, we have seen a general trend of falling interest rates across the wider market. The 7% estimated return is market leading when compared to other major peer-to-peer lending platforms. Past performance is not a guide to future performance, and by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

This blog was updated with further information on 31/10/2016 at 18:00. Please note these rates only apply to the UK marketplace.

Enjoy lending,

The Funding Circle team

*This estimated return is an estimate of the annual return after fees and bad debts that investors could earn. It is calculated by taking the gross interest rate less fees and estimated bad debts that will occur in the future for each of the last 100 loans accepted on the marketplace (as of 19th October 2016). The average return is compounded and before tax. You can see the full calculation for the current estimated return, which looks at the last 100 loans accepted on the marketplace, here.

**Data correct as of 1st October 2016. You can see the full calculations for past performance by loan origination year here.

4 ghoulishly good Halloween ideas | Weekly Lending Review

Week 42: 17 – 21 October

Halloween is just round the corner: Whether you’re looking for petrifying pumpkins, spooky sweets or creepy costumes our list of  4 hauntingly good Halloween ideas from Funding Circle borrowers will ensure you have a ghoulishly good night.

New loans available to you

There are currently 10 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was £23,333,500, averaging at £79,004 per loan. The largest loan value was £500,000 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

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Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

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Listed loan value per week

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Total amount lent

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Loan parts available to buy from other investors

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Loans defaulted last week

School. Loan 18036. Risk band A+

This London business has been running since 2005 and was placed into administration in October 2016.

Marketing agency. Loan 5128. Risk band C

This Norfolk business was established in 2010 and is 3 months in arrears.

Management consultancy. Loan 4244. Risk band B

This Lancashire business has been running since 2005 and is 4 months in arrears.

Planning consultancy. Loan 9273. Risk band B

This Yorkshire business was established in 2009 and is 3 months in arrears.

Marketing material supplier. Loan 422. Risk band C

This Northamptonshire business has been running since 2007 and is 4 months in arrears.

Car dealership. Loan 12612. Risk band C

This Wiltshire business is 4 months in arrears.

Fish & chip shop. Loan 21262. Risk band C

This Ayrshire business was established in 2012 and is 3 months in arrears.

Construction training provider. Loan 16533. Risk band C

This County Durham business has been running since 1997 and was placed into liquidation in October 2016.

Restaurant. Loan 4974. Risk band A

This West Midlands business was established in 2004 and was placed into liquidation in October 2016.

Printer. Loan 8202. Risk band C

This Nottinghamshire business has been running since 2002 and is being placed into liquidation.

Drum retailer. Loan 4085. Risk band B

This Tyne and Wear business was established in 2006 and is being placed into liquidation.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

Reusable drinkware supplier rocks Glastonbury

Helen Smith started Glogg in 2007 after spotting a gap in the market when looking for a durable reusable water bottle. Producing a wide range of styles and sizes, it wasn’t long before Glogg became one of the leading UK suppliers of stainless steel, BPA-free water bottles.

When Glastonbury needed a business to produce 200,000 stainless steel pint cups for this year’s festival, Glogg was ready for the challenge.

Meeting such a large order was no easy task steel had to be sourced directly from Sheffield, and Glogg teamed up with APS Metal Pressings LTD to help manufacture the new cup.
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To fund the design of the tooling used in the manufacturing process, Helen borrowed £40,000 from 533 investors. The new product was a major success, and a number of other festivals around the UK have placed follow up orders.

In this short video, meet Helen and find out how Glogg is helping events and festivals to be more sustainable.

 

Are you interested in lending to businesses like Glogg?

Lend alongside 53,000 investors and support small businesses across the UK by signing up online today. You can use our investor information guide to help you get started and there are thousands of loans which you can be a part of, making it quick and easy to build a diversified portfolio. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Do you want to grow your business?

More than 16,000 businesses in the UK have accessed finance from Funding Circle, helping with cash flow, refurbishment, hiring staff and much more. Get your instant quote today!

Telegraph: how can I get 8pc for the least risk? | Weekly Lending Review

Week 41: 10 – 14 October

In your round-up of last month’s industry news, The Telegraph discusses the benefits of online lending and we’re pleased to welcome Eric Daniels, former Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB, to the Funding Circle family.

New loans available to you

There are currently 12 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was £23,743,340, averaging at £82,398 per loan. The largest loan value was £500,000 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

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Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

WLR 41 loans listed

Listed loan value per week

WLR 41 loan value

Total amount lent

WLR 41 amount lent

Loan parts available to buy from other investors

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News you should know

Lord Turner turns from critic to fan of online lending

Speaking at the LendIt Europe conference last week, Lord Turner, former chairman of the UK’s financial regulator, said marketplaces like Funding Circle, are ‘likely to become a stable and useful part of the credit supply system.’ Find out more in Bloomberg.

Top 10 London Startups with the Most Gender Equal Commercial Teams

This week, it was great to be ranked one of the Top 10 London Startups with the Most Gender-Equal Commercial Teams.

4 hauntingly good Halloween ideas

Stock up on decorations, sweets and costumes from these 4 small businesses to ensure a ghoulishly good night this Halloween.

Loans defaulted last week

Shop. Loan 1515. Risk band A

This Somerset business has been running since 2000 and is 3 months in arrears.

Motorcycle specialist. Loan 2427. Risk band C

This London business was established in 2007 and has ceased trading.

Videographer. Loan 17271. Risk band E

This London business has been running since 2011 and is 3 months in arrears.

Online retailer. Loan 19119. Risk band D

This Hertfordshire business was established in 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Manufacturer. Loan 20161. Risk band C

This London business has been running since 1993 and is being placed into liquidation.

Fabric structure specialist. Loan 7424. Risk band A

This Somerset business was established in 2001 and is being placed into liquidation.

Construction company. Loan 16023. Risk band A

This Kent business has been running since 2006 and is being placed into liquidation.

Wine manufacturer. Loan 641. Risk band A

This Gloucestershire business was established in 2002 and has proposed a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

Financial advisers. Loan 20538. Risk band A+

This Yorkshire business has been running since 2007 and was placed into liquidation in May 2016.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

Britain’s fintech industry is flourishing. September industry news

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£1.5 billion lent to British businesses

Five years, four months and ten days after Funding Circle launched, we celebrated investors lending £1 billion. Just nine months later you’ve lent a further £500 million to bring the grand total to £1.5 billion! You and other investors have helped more than 16,000 businesses across the country, including Daren’s bakery in Kent and Candy’s doggy day care in Suffolk. Your continued support has helped these amazing companies acquire the finance they need to grow and prosper. Read more on our blog.

Peer-to-peer: how can I get 8pc for the least risk?

Following the Bank of England’s decision to lower the base rate, the Telegraph discusses the benefits of online lending as another form of investment, including the potential returns and risks involved. With direct lending, the key to managing risk is having a diversified portfolio, which you can achieve by spreading your money across hundreds of loans. Learn why we believe diversification is so important in this video on our blog and on our statistics page. Remember, when you lend, your capital is at risk.

Fintech start-ups put banks under pressure

Technology is increasingly allowing customers to manage their finances on the go. Fintech companies are providing services to suit our fast-paced lives, such as international payments from a mobile phone or lending to small businesses directly through platforms like Funding Circle. Startups have the advantage of being free of legacy technology systems and high overhead costs. Increasingly we’re seeing banks and fintech companies collaborate to provide an even better service to customers.

How to work out the best way to raise money for your business idea

Not only is fintech shaking up the way people invest their money, it’s also opening up new channels of finance for businesses looking to expand and grow. There are many options to consider when looking for funding, and it may be overwhelming if you’re not sure what route to take. This is Money looks at when the right time is to explore external financing, the different choices available and how to decide which one is best suited for your company’s needs.

Britain’s Tech Giants Can Take On The World

Proof that Britain’s technology industry is flourishing is seen in the rising number of incredible tech businesses across the country. Investment into the sector and the funding options now available to these companies helps them to unleash their true potential. For an example of a technology business that has grown and benefitted thanks to you and other investors, check out this case study video on our blog of Danny Long, founder of Pure Technology.

Ex-Lloyds CEO Joins Board of Funding Circle

And finally, we were pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Daniels to the Funding Circle board as a Non-Executive Director. Former Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB, Daniels has over 40 years experience in the financial and banking sector, and will help us to achieve our aim of revolutionising small business finance across the world. Read more in the Telegraph.

Excellence award for our Collections team! | Weekly Lending Review

Week 40: 3 – 7 October

Last week, our Collections team won the Credit Excellence Award in Collections 2016 and you helped more than 190 UK businesses access much needed finance.

We also launched a fun cryptic puzzle, Brandscape, which we thought you might enjoy. Find 60 global brands in the landscape below to become a BrandscapeMaster. Play Brandscape.

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New loans available to you

There are currently 6 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was £18,579,040, averaging at £74,878 per loan. The largest loan value was £555,340 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

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Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

WLR 40 loans listed

Listed loan value per week

WLR 40 loan value

Total amount lent

WLR 40 amount lent

Loan parts available to buy from other investors

WLR 40 loan parts

Loans defaulted last week

Language school. Loan 6170. Risk band B

This Conwy business was established in 2006 and is 3 months in arrears.

Bakery. Loan 15349. Risk band A

This Antrim business has been running since 2011 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Office supplies. Loan 17272. Risk band D

The Essex business was established in 2007 and is 3 months in arrears.

Shop. Loan 7266. Risk band C

This Fife business has been running since 2008 and was dissolved in September 2016.

Automotive parts specialist. Loan 8375. Risk band A

This Birmingham business was established in 1986 and is being placed into Company Voluntary Liquidation.

Electrical contractor. Loan 20765. Risk band B

This Essex business has been running since 2011 and has proposed a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

Construction company. Loan 7145. Risk band B

This Cambridgeshire business was established in 2002 and is being placed into liquidation.

Manufacturer. Loan 22965. Risk band A

This West Midlands business has been running since 2010 and has entered administration.

Site clearance specialist. Loan 14054. Risk band D

This Lancashire business was established in 2009 and has ceased trading.

Restaurant. Loan 22671. Risk band A

This Bristol business has been running since 2008 and has been closed for the last 2 months.

Legal cost service. Loan 12066. Risk band B

This Tyne and Wear business was established in 2009 and was placed into administration in March 2016.

Pipework specialist. Loan 15703. Risk band B

This Somerset business has been running since 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Building suppliers. Loan 14115. Risk band C

This Lancashire business was established in 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

 

Fright night: 4 hauntingly good Halloween ideas

Don’t be a lazy bones this year! Creep it real with Funding Circle’s guide to a ghostly Halloween. Stock up on decorations, sweets and costumes from these 4 small businesses to ensure it’s a ghoulishly good night.

Creepy costumes

The first thing you need to think about this Halloween is your costume. Find one that will set you apart from all the other witches and zombies out there at I Love Fancy Dress, a family-run online costume retailer based in Southend-on-Sea. To expand into the wholesale market, they’ve borrowed over £390,000 across three loans since 2013. Have fun browsing a huge range of Halloween goodies, including masks, scars, teeth and wigs – guaranteed to help you look fang-tastic!

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Petrifying Pumpkins

Next thing you’ll need are decorations, so getting that perfect pumpkin is essential. Carve one that will get your neighbours talking, and also help the local community, by purchasing through a family-owned business Annie’s Fruit Shop. To help with increased demand, Annie’s Fruit Shop, who are based in beautiful Devon, accessed more than £240,000 across 4 loans since 2015 from investors across the UK. Whether you’re an expert, or a beginner, pumpkin carving is an activity that’s fun for all ages.

Spooky sweets

When your home is devilishly decorated, make sure to visit Hancocks Confectionery and grab some spine-chilling sweets to hand out to trick-or-treaters. The popular shop have a great selection of candy, such as Alien Head Lollipops and Jelly Filled Skulls! To help with cashflow, the company borrowed £27,500 from 619 investors. Make sure you don’t eat them all before the kids start knocking!

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Chilling chocolate

The final step is… Chocolate! James Chocolates have been producing award-winning and creative sweets in Somerset for over 20 years – including their deliciously haunting Hopping Popping Frogs. These hand-painted delights are sure to surprise your guests with their popping candy center! James Chocolates needed to refit their office to make space for their new telesales team, so have borrowed £150,000 across 2 loans since 2014.

Are you interested in lending to businesses like these?

Lend alongside 53,000 investors and support small businesses across the UK by signing up online today.

You can use our investor information guide to help you get started and there are thousands of loans which you can be a part of, making it quick and easy to build a diversified portfolio. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Looking to expand your business?

We’ve helped more than 16,000 businesses access finance for a range of finance needs, including hiring staff, opening new shops and working capital. Get your instant quote today.

Enjoy lending. The Funding Circle team

Industry insights: 90 seconds with an expert

No one knows more about the day to day running of a business than the Funding Circle borrower community. Each month we’ll ask an industry expert to share their expertise.

Industry insights (1) Cafes & coffee shops

For the first in the series, we caught up with Daron Goldfinch, owner of Finch House an award-winning cafe and bakery in Kent. Daron has an established reputation in the industry after his active involvement with Konditor & Cook, as well as working with a number of other coffee shops providing concept, design and implementation strategies.

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Meet Daron, take a tour of the new shop and find out his best selling bake in this short video.

His business experience meant that Daron was able to set up the Finch House concept in such a way that it can be efficiently rolled out further. To fit out the latest shop in Orpington, including catering equipment, furniture and air conditioning, Finch House borrowed £125,000 back in December 2015. Daron plans to open a third and fourth shop in Kent and Sussex soon.

Daron’s 3 insights for running a successful cafe are:

  • Research new cafe locations in depth
  • Use branding to tell the customer what you do as a business
  • Reward your staff to ensure great customer service

Looking to refit a new shop?

If, like Daron, you’re looking for a business loan to refurbish or refit a new shop, you can check if you qualify online in just 30 seconds.

We’ve helped more than 16,000 businesses access finance for a range of purposes, and you can read more stories like Daron’s here.

 

Take 10: How to be smart with your time

Quick and simple ways to boost your business in just 10 minutes

Time

For the sixth in our Take 10 series, we’re looking at how to manage time effectively so you can make the most of your day and effectively drive growth for your business.

We’re all busy rushing around, juggling work and other commitments, and it’s easy to feel there isn’t enough time in the day. We understand that time matters to our business community, so to help you boost productivity when time is of the essence we’ve put together the below 5 top tips.

1) Stay in control with a to do list

Whether you prefer to write one at the beginning of the week, the night before or each morning, a handy to do list will help free your mind to concentrate on the task at hand. And, there’s no better feeling than crossing a completed task off a list!

To help focus your mind it’s important to write down achievable tasks, as according to a LinkedIn study, 63% of us create to do lists but only 11% admitted to completing all the tasks on their list in a given day. We’re all guilty of re-writing the name of a larger project on every new to do list, but writing manageable goals will help you make progress and ultimately finish the project more quickly.

For example, if you’re looking to implement a new email marketing system, you could break down this task into manageable chunks: do research one day and aim to ring your two favourite providers another.

Top tip: Wunderlist is a free to do list planner which works across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire and the Web, helping you to sync your personal and professional to do lists online.

2) Become more effective by considering the impact of each task

You’ve got your to do list and you’re ready to get cracking, but it’s important to take a moment to think about the impact of each task. Before getting started, we’d suggest prioritising your list by looking at:

  • whether the task will drive growth for your business
  • approximately how long it might take
  • is it urgent or could it wait if necessary

It’s always tempting to do the easy, quick or more enjoyable tasks first, but prioritising your list by looking at the impact it’s likely to have will help you use your time more effectively. It will also help manage expectations should a colleague have an urgent or last minute request, as you’ll be able to say which items you are prioritising and reorder if necessary.

3) Make time to get things done

You now know approximately how long tasks will take, and which you want to prioritise, so why not block out time in your diary. It could be half an hour each morning to plan out your day, a couple of hours to focus on those accounts you never seem to get to, or 5 minutes before or after a meeting to type up your notes or prepare.

Scheduling time, as you would a meeting, will help you understand what’s achievable and minimise interruptions.

4) Beware the exploding inbox

Research by Warwick Business School found that office workers deal with 10,000 emails a year, and that figure is only rising as we’re becoming more and more connected. Whether it’s colleagues, clients, marketing emails or family and friends it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of emails in your inbox. However, having a succinct email filing system or tagging urgent emails can help you take back control.

Emails can also be extremely distracting when you’re trying to focus on a particular task or project. Don’t be afraid to minimise your email window and focus your attention completely on the task at hand!

5) You’ll be more productive if you take a break and perhaps have a kit kat

Whether it’s a cup of tea, a walk round the block or just doing something else for a few minutes, regular breaks which take you away from work can be revitalising. Research by app DeskTime found the most productive people work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes.

It’s impossible to be productive constantly for many hours without taking little chunks of time to re-energise. You’ll find yourself much more effective as a result, and the time can often help you become more creative, or even solve that difficult problem.

Similarly if you have a daunting task, for example updating lines of a spreadsheet that will take a long time, intersperse these larger projects with short and easily achievable tasks to help keep you focused and boost morale.

We hope you found this post useful. In the next instalment of Take 10, we’ll be looking at how to upskill your sales.

The Funding Circle team

You lent a record £25 million last week! | Weekly Lending Review

Week 39: 26 – 30 September

Last week, you and other investors lent a record-breaking £25 million to over 330 British businesses. In one week!

Log in to view current lending opportunities on the marketplace.

Record amount of loans listed on the marketplace

There are currently 11 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was also a record-breaking £23,848,560, averaging at £69,829 per loan. The largest loan value was £581,540 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

WLR 39 yield

Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

WLR 39 loans listed

Listed loan value per week

WLR 39 loan value

Total amount lent

WLR 39 amount lent

Loan parts available to buy from other investors

WLR 39 loan parts

Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2017

We’ve been shortlisted at the Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2017 for Peer-to-peer Provider of the Year, which helps the public make the most of their money by showcasing the very best products and providers available when looking at their personal finances.

Voting takes a couple of minutes and we’d really appreciate your vote. Completing the survey will also mean you’re entered into a prize draw to win £1,000! Terms and conditions apply.

Loans defaulted last week

Dairy farm. Loan 5345. Risk band A

This Carmarthenshire business was established in 2015 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Print brokers. Loan 2002. Risk band B

This Dorset business has been running since 2007 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Solar energy specialist. Loan 18129. Risk band B

This West Glamorgan business was established in 2013 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Computer software consultancy. Loan 20241. Risk band A

This Kent business has been running since 2010 and is 3 months in arrears.

Renewable energy system installer. Loan 17131. Risk band B

This North Yorkshire business was established in 2006 and is being placed into liquidation.

Security system specialist. Loan 13034. Risk band D

This Warwickshire business has been running since 2011 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Digital agency. Loan 24512. Risk band A+

This Dorset business was established in 2003 and is being placed into liquidation.

Car workshop. Loan 6282. Risk band B

This West Sussex business has been running since 2005 and is being placed into liquidation.

Jeweller. Loan 1667. Risk band B

This Derbyshire business was established in 2007 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Hair salon. Loan 12136. Risk band B

This Hertfordshire business has been running since 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Care service. Loan 4509. Risk band D

This Kent business was established in 2009 and is 3 months in arrears.

Gas installation specialist. Loan 11529. Risk band D

This Glasgow business has been running since 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Taxi company. Loan 10052. Risk band C

This Cornwall business was established in 2009 and was dissolved in September 2016.

Locksmith. Loan 8605. Risk band C

This West Midlands business has been running since 2009 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

Simon helped his client expand quickly with Funding Circle

Efficient business finance

Simon Clarke, Director at Claratus Commercial Finance, joined the Funding Circle introducer family in September 2015. He told us, ‘Flexibility and speed of response make Funding Circle a valuable part of our funding panel. Their approach to doing business is transparent, efficient and effective.’

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Simon was able to help his client move quickly

Late last year, Simon was asked by Finch House, an award-winning and established cafe and fine food store in Tonbridge, to arrange a finance facility which would cover the cost of fitting out their new cafe in Orpington, Kent. The team at Finch House had spent many months identifying the best site and when one became available on the high street, speed was of the essence.

To fit out the new shop, including catering equipment, furniture and air conditioning, Finch House borrowed £125,000 back in December 2015. Since completing the new cafe, Finch House has gone from strength to strength and were recently recognised as the number one hospitality and catering business at Orpington’s Finest Awards.

In this short video meet Simon, hear his experience of working with Funding Circle and why providing clear upfront pricing is so important:

Find out how we might be able to help your clients access fast and flexible finance by calling our dedicated Business Development team on 020 3667 2208 or send us an email.

We’ve hit £1.5 billion | Weekly Lending Review

Week 38: 19 – 23 September

You and other investors have helped lend a fantastic £1.5 billion to British businesses. Thank you for your continued support!

Record amount of loans listed on the marketplace

There are currently 20 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was a record-breaking £22,072,860, averaging at £70,198 per loan. The largest loan value was £646,360 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

WLR 38 yield

Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

WLR 38 loans listed

Listed loan value per week

WLR 38 loan value

Total amount lent

WLR 38 amount lent

Loan parts available to buy from other investors

WLR 38 loan parts

Brandscape: the cryptic puzzle from Funding Circle

Ready for a challenge? Find 60 global brands in this cryptic puzzle to become a BrandscapeMaster. To start you off we will give you one clue for free. We may have included ourselves…

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Oktoberfest: Raise a glass to these 4 glorious breweries!

Whether you’re heading to Oktoberfest or just fancy a pint, toast your friends and family with a special something from this list of Funding Circle borrowers.

Loans defaulted last week

Manufacturer. Loan 1980. Risk band B

This Hampshire business has been running since 1999 and is three months in arrears.

Restaurant. Loan 9177. Risk band C

This Yorkshire business was established in 2008 and the borrower has ceased trading.

Event support specialists. Loan 9423. Risk band A

This Buckinghamshire business has been running since 2006 and is three months in arrears.

Care home. Loan 9987. Risk band B

This Merseyside business was established in 2008 and is three months in arrears.

Manufacturer. Loan 5313. Risk band A+

This West Yorkshire business has been running since 2006 and is three months in arrears.

Restaurant. Loan 17320. Risk band C

This Manchester business was established in 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Game developers. Loan 21601. Risk band A

This Essex business has been running since 2010 and is three months in arrears.

Ceiling specialist. Loan 18214. Risk band A

This Manchester business was established in 2011 and is four months in arrears.

Shop. Loan 6321. Risk band B

This West Lothian business is three months in arrears.

Pet shop. Loan 9585. Risk band B

This Essex business has been running since 2003 and was placed into administration in September 2016.

Hotel. Loan 3279. Risk band C

This Nottinghamshire business was established in 2005 and was placed into liquidation in July 2016.

Marketing agency. Loan 15020. Risk band A

This London business has been running since 2007 and has been dissolved.

Jewellers. Loan 2074. Risk band C

This Surrey business was established in 2005 and was placed into liquidation in September 2016.

Web developers. Loan 23045. Risk band B

This Hampshire business has been running since 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Physiotherapist. Loan 13029. Risk band A

This Hampshire business was established in 2012 and is being placed into liquidation.

Kitchen manufacturer. Loan 4522. Risk band B

This Hampshire business has been running since 2007 and was placed into administration in September 2016.

Shop renovators. Loan 15165. Risk band D

This Kent business was established in 2012 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team

 

Oktoberfest: Raise a glass to these 4 glorious breweries!

Cheers! Prost! Salute! Toast your friends with exceptional beer this year to celebrate Oktoberfest. Ignite your taste buds and try something new with our recommended selection of pale ales, dark ales and lagers – all from fantastic businesses across the UK that have flourished thanks to Funding Circle investors.

1. Hackney Brewery

Hackney Brewery was established in 2011 to bring top-quality, locally-produced beer to the thirsty drinkers of London. The brewery produce a range of beers including a Golden Ale, an American Pale Ale and a fruity Raspberry Kristallweizen – brewed with real berries! In order to buy a new fermenter and increase production, Hackney Brewery borrowed £30,000 from 451 investors. We visited the team last year to see their new fermenter in action.

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2. Leeds Brewery

Leeds Brewery, founded by two university friends, first opened its doors in 2007 and since then has become the largest brewery in Leeds. Using only the finest possible ingredients, the brewers produce an array of unique beers such as Monsoon Pale Ale, Gingerbread Stout and our autumn favourite, American Pumpkin Ale. To help with working capital, Leeds Brewery have borrowed £250,000 across 3 loans from 981 investors.

3. Ashridge Cider

Fancy a refreshing cider instead? Ashridge Cider brew a lovely selection of organic ciders such as an Elderflower cider, a Devon Blush and their famous Sparkling Vintage Brut Cider which was featured on the Daily Telegraph’s ‘50 Foods to Try Before you Die’ list! In order to invest in a new cider mill and press to keep up with growing demand, Ashridge Cider has accessed £86,000 from Funding Circle.

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4. Roosters

And finally, born in 1993, Roosters Brewery is run by a father and his two sons in beautiful Yorkshire. Having invested in their own canning line in 2014, the company now stock their beer in casks, kegs, bottles and cans for their customers to enjoy. Whether you prefer a pale ale, an IPA, or something a bit different such as their traditional coffee porter, Rooster’s have a beer to suit you. Due to the growing popularity of their products, Rooster’s Brewery borrowed £150,000 across 2 loans to help meet this demand.

Are you interested in lending to businesses like these?

Lend alongside 50,000 investors and support small businesses across the UK by signing up online today.

You can use our investor information guide to help you get started and there are thousands of loans which you can be a part of, making it quick and easy to build a diversified portfolio. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Looking to expand your business?

We’ve helped more than 15,000 businesses access finance for a range of finance needs, including hiring staff and opening new shops. Get your instant quote today.

Enjoy lending. The Funding Circle team

You’ve helped lend over £1.5 billion to British businesses!

Stop press. We’ve hit £1.5 billion lent to British businesses!

It was after 5 years, 4 months and 10 days we celebrated hitting £1 billion lent, and just 9 months later we’re at £1.5 billion! Thank you for your continued support.

Butchers, bakers and candlestick makers

You and other investors have helped more than 16,000 businesses across the country, from Daron’s bakery in Kent to Candy’s doggy day care in Suffolk, access the finance they need to grow and prosper. Log in to view current lending opportunities on the marketplace.

You are making a real difference to the UK economy

Independent research published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) revealed that since launching in 2010, Funding Circle investors, like you, have helped create over 40,000 jobs, build approximately 2,200 family homes, like Forth Homes in Merseyside, and boost economic activity (measured by GVA) by £2.7 billion. You can download the full report here or read about the impact your lending is having on the UK economy below:

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Interested in lending to British businesses?

Lend alongside 50,000 investors and support small businesses across the UK by signing up online today. You can use our investor information guide to help you get started and there are thousands of loans which you can be a part of, making it quick and easy to build a diversified portfolio. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

The Funding Circle team

Take 10: How to use Facebook advertising and best practice (part two)

Quick and simple ways to boost your business in just 10 minutes

For the fifth in our Take 10 series, we’re looking at Facebook advertising, how it works and how it can help drive traffic to your website.

Continuing from part one

In part one, we focused on how to set up and get started using Facebook advertising, where businesses pay to target customers with a specific message. There’s a huge opportunity for businesses to target potential customers on Facebook, as it’s the most established social media advertising tool with 1.13 billion active users.

Once you’ve set up your advertising account, there are hundreds of items you could consider and test. However, we’d suggest focusing on targeting, bidding and testing to get you started.

Use common interests to target potential customers

It’s important to fine tune who you’re targeting with your advert, as users browsing on Facebook lack the intent you might experience on Google adverts, for example. This is because on Google, users are normally searching a specific keyword, whereas on Facebook, potential customers might see your advert amongst their News Feed which is filled with information from friends and family. This is why creating eye catching adverts is a must!

When you set up your advertising account, there’s a list of targeting criteria to choose from, including any items users ‘like’ on Facebook, from food and drink to activities and brands. You can think about the common interests among your customers and target these segments, or if you own customer data you can upload this to Facebook to create a lookalike audience to target.

For example, Funding Circle borrower Suffolk Canine Creche could target dog owners within a certain radius of their premises in Woodbridge, or Facebook users that look like their current customers.

Make the most of your budget with a clear bidding strategy

A bidding strategy helps you decide how to spend your budget so your advert the best chance of success, whether that’s more visits to your website or increased brand awareness. Depending on your objective and budget there are 3 main bidding strategies you could use.

  • CPM will help you increase brand awareness: If you’re looking to spend a specific budget and increase your brand awareness, then choose CPM (cost per 1000 times an advert is shown to users – this is known as ‘impressions’). It’s important to remember, though, that you’re paying for quantity, not quality.
  • CPC will help you drive traffic to your website: Use cost per click (CPC) to ensure that you’re only charged when a customer clicks through to your website. You can choose the amount you’re happy to pay for each lead using this method.
  • Use oCPM to target 100,000 customers: When looking for ultimate efficiency, and only really on audiences larger than 100,000, we think the best strategy to use is optimised cost per 1000 impressions (oCPM). This method means Facebook will display your advert to users who they believe are most likely to click through to your website.

Test to understand which advert works best

Do lots of testing! Once you’ve created a captivating advert and chosen your target audience, it’s important to constantly test different content, messaging and landing pages to ensure you’re always improving.

While you’re getting started, we’d suggest refreshing your advert once a week so your audience don’t tire of the same content, but try not to make changes too frequently. Give yourself time to understand the metrics and whether the advert has been successful.

Top tip: To measure the impact of your adverts, and specifically how many people are clicking through to your website, add a Google Analytics tracking code to your URL. For example, if you were the Suffolk Canine Creche looking to target users that look like your current customers with an image of a Labrador you might use:

https://www.example.com/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Advert&utm_campaign=LookalikesSept2016&utm_content=Labrador

The link includes unique identifiers, such as ‘Labrador’ and ‘LookalikesSept2016’ in the example above, which are sent to your Analytics account to help you identify which adverts are most effective in attracting potential customers. Google Analytics have created a handy step by step guide to help.

We hope you’ve found this post useful. Come back for the next instalment of Take 10, where we’ll be looking at how to manage time effectively.

The Funding Circle team

 

Brandscape: the cryptic puzzle from Funding Circle

Ready for a challenge?

In the landscape below you will find cryptic clues for 60 globally recognised brands and companies. To become a Brandscape GrandMaster, all you have to do is guess what they are.

Some clues are really very simple – can you see the apple? Some however, are extremely hard. If you get stuck you can tweet us @FundingCircleUK and we’ll try to give you a helping hand.

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How to play Brandscape

1.Go to www.fundingcircle.com/uk/featured/brandscape

2.Click “play the game”

3.Use your mouse to find each clue

4.Click on a clue and take your guess

Using your mobile?

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Use the white controls in the top right to zoom in and move around on your phone. Tap the image to find your clues.

Saving your progress is easy

Save your progress by logging into Facebook, which will also allow you to complete the game on different devices.

We hope you enjoy it – ready, set, play!

The Funding Circle team

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5 back to school businesses | Weekly Lending Review

Week 37: 12 – 16 September

Whether you’re getting stuck back into schoolwork, starting a new job or just need a boost to carry you into Autumn, our back to school list including new stationery, books and a cookery school, is here to help.

New loans available to you

There are currently 9 loan requests on the marketplace, and thousands of loan parts available for you to buy which will help you become diversified.

The total value of new loans listed on the Funding Circle marketplace was £15,889,020 averaging at £69,708 per loan. The largest loan value was £523,820 and the smallest loan value was £5,000.

Business loans available to bid on:

Gross interest rates are before fees and bad debts. Your actual return may be higher or lower as by lending to businesses, your capital is at risk.

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 of gross yields. This calculation assumes you reinvest your interest each month and therefore includes the compound interest you earn (The calculation is AGY = (1 + (two week rolling weighted average rate/12))^12 – 1). You can view the latest gross interest rates accepted on the marketplace on our statistics page.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)

WLR 37 Yield

Number of loans, value of loans and amount lent are reported weekly.

Number of listed loans per week

WLR 37 loans listed

Listed loan value per week

 WLR 37 loan value

Total amount lent

 WLR 37 amount lent

Loan parts available to buy from other investors

WLR 37 loan parts

Are you taking advantage of our refer a friend promotion?

If you recommend a friend to Funding Circle, and they lend £1,000 to businesses by the end of October, you could lend to British businesses on us as you’ll both earn £50 cashback paid into your accounts. Terms and conditions apply.

Loans defaulted last week

Plastics specialist. Loan 1460. Risk band B

This Cornwall business has been running since 1997 and is 4 months in arrears.

Care home. Loan 8210. Risk band C

This Kent business was established in 2005 and has become unresponsive after missing repayments.

Hairdresser. Loan 6680. Risk band C

This London business has been running since 2010 and is 4 months in arrears.

Online retailer. Loan 17754. Risk band B

This Middlesex business was established in 2010 and has been placed into liquidation.

Building restorer. Loan 14412. Risk band C

This Northamptonshire business has been running since 2002 and was placed into liquidation in January 2016.

Construction company. Loan 11199. Risk band C

This Leicestershire business was established in 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Scaffolding specialist. Loan 19899. Risk band A+

This Staffordshire business has been running since 2003 and was placed into liquidation in August 2016.

Sales company. Loan 18912. Risk band A

This Glasgow business was established in 2010 and is being placed into liquidation.

Car showroom. Loan 9110. Risk band A

This West Yorkshire business has been running since 2009 and is being placed into liquidation.

Software specialists. Loan 15115. Risk band A

This Gloucestershire business was established in 2011 and the borrower has decided not to take the funds.

Accountant. Loan 17089. Risk band A

This North Yorkshire business has been running since 2005 and has proposed a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

Manufacturer. Loan 15068. Risk band A

This Hampshire business was established in 2000 and was placed into administration in September 2016.

Engineer. Loan 10945. Risk band A

This West Midlands business has been running since 1977 and has been placed into administration.

Sweet manufacturer. Loan 6980. Risk band C

This Kent business was established in 2011 and is being placed into liquidation.

Benefits of diversification

Lending to businesses can deliver attractive returns, while helping businesses access the finance they need to grow. However, from time-to-time some businesses will be unable to repay their loan, which is why lending a small amount to lots of different businesses is so important. Watch our 90 second diversification video below to find out more. Remember, by lending to businesses your capital is at risk.

Our collections and recoveries team are working to recover the outstanding amounts for all of the loans described above and they will provide you with updates in the loan comments section on your summary page. Read how our collections and recoveries process works (part one and part two) on our blog.

Enjoy lending, the Funding Circle team