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Small business’ huge impact on the world

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Small business’ huge impact on the world

Updated: August 3rd, 2023

Small business’ huge impact on the world

As a business owner, you’re the driving force of the global economy — according to the SBA, two out of three net new jobs in the U.S. are created by small businesses. And now, we have the numbers to show how Funding Circle has helped.

In 2019, Funding Circle announced a report by Oxford Economics that studied how we’ve been able to support small business’ ability to drive job creation and the global economy. The good news is it’s incredibly thorough, with tons of interesting information about the lending landscape across all of the geographies we’re in — the bad news is we know not everyone has the time to peruse a 68-page report (especially busy business owners!).

In the report, the economists took a closer look at what Funding Circle financing enabled businesses around the world to do. We’ll help break it down for you.

First, here are some fast facts about the businesses we’ve helped here in the United States:

  • Our top three sectors lent to: 1) Professional, scientific, and technical services, 2) Retail, and 3) Health care and social assistance.
  • The top three reasons a business turns to Funding Circle: 1) Our fast process, 2) Our simple loan application, and 3) Our better terms compared to other options.
  • Of the businesses that had first approached a bank, half said their application was rejected — which lead to their decision to come to Funding Circle.
  • 11% say their business would have failed if they had not received financing.

Since our launch in 2010, we’ve helped businesses like these grow and thrive. With over $2.3 billion worldwide, contributing $5.2 billion to the global economy (measured in Gross Value Added). Additionally, Funding Circle has more US small business loans outstanding than 97% of FDIC-insured banks.

But what does it all mean? Let’s take a closer look at some figures and put them in context:

  • In the United States alone, lending through Funding Circle had a sizable impact. We estimate that it supported a $2.8 billion annual contribution to US GDP, some 38,000 jobs, and $1.1 billion in tax receipts.
  • And when you add on the goods and services we’ve enabled businesses and their employees to purchase, our platform has supported $2 billion of annual gross value added in 2019 across the United States. In 2014, Steve Balmer of Microsoft bought the L.A. Clippers for the same price.
  • In the same time period, we helped enable almost 28,000 jobs in the U.S. — that’s about the entire population of Key West, Florida!
  • Additionally, the activity supported by these loans generated $1.8 billion in annual tax revenues in the United States and Europe — building schools, improving communities, and more. That’s the equivalent of employing 60,000 teachers for one year.

In short: we’re proud of the jobs we’ve helped create, the revenue we’ve channeled directly in your communities, and all the change we’ve been able to affect. But more than anything, we’re proud of small businesses everywhere — you’re the driving force of our global economy, and we believe in you.


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