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We’re building a better financial world

Funding Circle was created with a big idea:

To revolutionise the outdated banking system and secure a better deal for everyone.

Thousands of loans later, we’ve helped businesses expand, investors prosper and the economy grow.

We’ve taken this progress global.

Funding Circle is the world’s leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses — more than £600m ($1bn) has been lent to 8,000 businesses in the UK and USA. Today, businesses can borrow directly from a wide range of investors, including more than 40,000 people, the UK Government, local councils, a university and a number of financial organisations.

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Funding Circle 2014 video review

A look back at 2014 and what the Funding Circle marketplace and the global team achieved in 2014.

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Funding Circle is one of the best capitalised marketplace lending platforms in the world.

We have raised around $300 million of equity capital since 2010 from some of the largest and most sophisticated investors in the world. They believe in our mission to build a better financial world for businesses and investors.

Our backers collectively manage over $5 trillion and are the leading venture capital firms behind Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Betfair; and a sovereign wealth fund.

Our current equity investors are Accel Partners, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, DST Global, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Sands Capital, Temasek and Union Square Ventures.

  • >$1 billion lent by April 2015
  • >40,000 people and institutions lending
  • >10,000 loans funded

“Borrowing £100,000 has helped me completely refurbish my new premises”

Rufus Grantham, co-founder Blood & Sand Limited

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What the press say about Funding Circle

Funding Circle raises $150m in new boost for tech sector

Peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle has raised $150m from some of the world’s leading investment groups, in one of the largest fundraising rounds by a British technology start-up.

Although fintech groups are seen as posing a threat to banks, some are choosing to work with these alternative finance companies. In June last year, Santander announced a deal where customers it cannot serve may be directed to Funding Circle.

Funding Circle lending to small firms in UK and America hits £500m milestone

Funding Circle has helped to generate more than £500million of lending to small firms in the UK and America. The online marketplace, which enables businesses to borrow directly from people and organisations, reached the milestone just days after announcing a tie-up with Royal Bank of Scotland.

Global leadership team

  • Pam Burton
    Pam Burton U.K. Chief Operations Officer
  • Samir Desai
    Samir Desai Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Sam Hodges
    Sam Hodges Co-founder & U.S. Managing Director
  • Lisa Jacobs
    Lisa Jacobs VP Strategic Business Development
  • James Meekings
    James Meekings Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer
  • Andrew Mullinger
    Andrew Mullinger Co-founder & Global Head of Credit
  • Chitra Nayak
    Chitra Nayak U.S. Chief Operations Officer
  • Lucy Vernall
    Lucy Vernall General Counsel
  • David Yu
    David Yu Chief Product Officer

The board

  • Andrew Learoyd
    Andrew Learoyd Non-executive Director
  • Harry Nellis
    Harry Nelis Non-executive Director
  • Neil Rimer
    Neil Rimer Non-executive Director
  • Bob Steel
    Bob Steel Non-executive Director
  • Ed Wray
    Ed Wray Non-executive Director
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“We’ve now completed our first loan with Funding Circle and it was fantastic, it could not have been simpler.”

Nidal from Medina Capital has borrowed $640,000 out of a £1.5 million facility to build 2 family homes

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