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WorldPay moves into Alternative Finance market

UK payments processor WorldPay is to move into the alternative finance market through an alliance with small business cash advance outfit Liberis. (Finextra)


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New lender takes majority stake in ThinCats

 

A new European lender has acquired a majority stake in ThinCats, a peer-to-peer lending platform based in Tamworth. ESF Capital invests in and underwrites loans for European peer-to-peer platforms. It has bought a 73.4 per cent stake in ThinCats, which has lent more than £140m since its formation five years ago. (Insider Media)


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Funding Circle is the third biggest lender for small businesses in the UK behind only RBS and Lloyds

 

Proving the power of crowdfunding, the third biggest lender to UK small businesses isn't a bank or building society but peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle. In the three months from July to September, RBS lent £290m to SMEs, Lloyds lent £275m, and Funding Circle came third, having lent £91.5m, ahead of Aldermore, Yorkshire Building Society and Shawbrook. (Funding Circle)


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Birmingham business grows with URICA’s support

 

URICA, an early payment network for SMEs, has helped a Birmingham-based supplier of print and promotional items double its turnover in only its second year of business. (Midlands Business News)


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The Alternative Finance Industry Report 2015/2016


Intelligent Partnership has released 'The Alternative Finance Industry Report 2015/2016'. The report outlines and defines what alternative finance is, where it sprang from and where it is today. The report assesses some of the risks of investing and dives deep into the diverse alternative finance investment universe. (Intelligent Partnership)


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First ever global insurance FinTech accelerator kicks off in London

 

Teams with the potential to transform the UK insurance industry will pitch their ideas at the Insurance Times ID2016 conference in April. (Insurance Times)


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25% of SMEs set to expand in 2016, predicts Close Brothers

 

Close Brothers has released the findings of its Business Barometer, revealing that 1.35 million small businesses are expected to expand next year, with over half of all SMEs expected to stay the same size. (SME Insider)


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Lending services revolution piles pressure on banks as FinTech sector grows

 

Investment in FinTech expected to balloon to more than $30bn over the coming year, up from $20bn this year and $12bn in 2014. (FT)


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