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August 2017

11.08.17 - ThinCats gains FCA approval, paving way for IFISA launch

04.08.17 - LendInvest leaves the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association


July 2017

28.07.17 - Investment in UK fintech tops pre-Brexit levels in first half of 2017

21.07.17 - FundingKnight granted full FCA authorisation

14.07.17 - Landbay broadens product offering with partnership

07.07.17 - MarketInvoice marks another record quarter


June 2017

30.06.17 - Britain is leading the developed market in fintech adoption

23.06.17 - Crowd2Fund enters property lending market

 16.06.17 - ‘As a PR disaster, May’s election campaign will echo in eternity’

 09.06.17 - Lendy boosts broker network with OFF3R and Welltrado

02.06.17 - P2P lender Ratesetter valued at £200m in latest fundraising


May 2017

26.05.17 - ArchOver receives FCA authorization

19.05.17 - RateSetter appoints City heavyweight as chairman

12 .05.17 - Peer-to-peer lender Zopa given green light to launch Isa

05.05.17 - MarketInvoice joins UK FinTech Financial Crime Exchange


April 2017

28.04.17 - P2PFA Publishes Q1 Peer to Peer Lending Data

21.04.17 - Fintech challenger Revolut to take on mortgages

14.04.17 - P2P platform to stop property development lending

07.04.17 - Ablrate gets the green light from FCA and starts expansion


March 2017

31.03.17 - Lendy Integrates Saving Stream Platform to Continue Growth

24.03.17 - P2P lenders sign up to money platform Bud

17.03.17 - NACFB extends insurance for P2P loans

10.03.17 - Budget underwhelms P2P sector

03.03.17 - Peer-to-peer loan groups told to stop lending to each other


February 2017

24.02.17 - Banks warm to alternative finance providers

17.02.17 - P2P lenders finally launch ISAs after 10-month hold-up

10.02.17 - First major peer-to-peer Isa becomes available

03.02.17 - NatWest selects FreeAgent for business banking platform

January 2017

27.01.17 - Goji signs up four Innovative Finance ISA providers

20.01.17 - UK P2P market breaks £7bn barrier

13.01.17 - Aristocrat's fight to keep his £1725m saving firm afloat

06.01.17 - Savers set for three more years of misery as analysts predict interest rates will stay at records lows


December 2016

23.12.16 - UK remains ahead in alternative finance, but Europe is catching up fast

16.12.16 - FCA launches crackdown on crowdfunding

09.12.16 - Peer-to-peer platform Folk2Folk gets authorised by the regulator

02.12.16 - Luke Lang of Crowdcube is pleased with Autumn Statement


November 2016

25.11.16 - Premier League club joins P2P trading platform

18.11.16 - Zopa plans to launch a banking arm to offer wider range of products

11.11.16 - "Where Are They Now" report on crowdfunding released

04.11.16 - NatWest strikes deals to pass on unwanted business


October 2016

28.10.16 - Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Announces Research on Blockchain

21.10.16 - Lending Works gains full FCA authorisation

14.10.16 - Lord Turner's P2P U-turn: Ex-Regulator Thinks Platforms Will Boost Financial Stability Not Wreck It

07.10.16 - Small business lender iwoca lands £46m in Series C equity and debt


September 2016

30.09.16 - London's the best place in the world for fostering fintech

23.09.16 - Concern as SMEs turn away from alternative finance

16.09.16 - Small business lending enjoys record levels over past year

09.09.16 - London FinTech star Transferwise doubles revenue as losses grow

02.09.16 - Zopa doubles lending in 2015, heading to profitable 2017


August 2016

26.08.16 - LendInvest to provide investors with finance to buy property online

19.08.16 - Treasury set to amend P2P ISA rules to allow bonds

12.08.16 - UK regulator responds to government questions on P2P regulations

05.08.16 - New UK P2P lender Orchard Lending Club launches

July 2016

29.07.16 - UK peer-to-peer lending volume is down for the first time

22.07.16 - Can London remain a FinTech hub post-Brexit?

15.07.16 - P2P lenders welcome FCA review

08.07.16 - SyndicateRoom wins Alternative Finance Provider of the Year 2016

01.07.16 - GLI Finance realises FundingKnight acquisition dream

June 2016

24.06.16 - European Investment Bank plans to lend £100m to UK SMEs

17.06.16 - Lord turner to speak at P2P conference

10.06.16 - ESF makes next move, invests £4.6m in Satago

03.06.16 - British funding scheme fails to boost business lending

May 2016

27.05.16 - ArchOver and GapCap form strategic alliance to extend market reach

20.05.16 - Visibility vs. credibility in FinTech - which one will win?

13.05.16 - SyndicateRoom Series A pushed beyond £2m by £1m VCT investment

06.05.16 - P2P industry berates advisers' lack of interest in sector

April 2016

29.04.16 - UK SMEs are becoming risk averse to seeking external finance

22.04.16 - Treasury admits slow start for Innovative ISA

15.04.16 - UK banks have yet to address the elephant in the room: Their current business model is unsustainable

08.04.16 - Smart Money People syndicating reviews on P2P money

01.04.16 - Peer-to-peer lending: What will happen in a downturn?

March 2016

24.03.16 - Ratesetter joins forces with SyndicateRoom

18.03.16 - Crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom teams up with London Stock Exchange

11.03.16 - SMEs return to external finance for the first time in four years, yet half remain permanent non-borrowers

04.03.16 - Tottenham Hotspur's investors can now look to score with Asset Match

February 2016

26.02.16 - Ablrate closes it's largest aircraft backed loan in 13 days

19.02.16 - Banks behind a quarter of loans on-peer-to peer websites

12.02.16 - Why P2P lending is getting ever more robust - and why Adair Turner is wrong about the industry

05.02.16 - FCA to ban commission for Innovative Finance ISA advice

January 2016

29.01.16 - New P2P ISA of 'little benefit' in current form

22.01.16 - P2P providers shrug off concerns about new ISA

15.01.16 - HMRC clarifies P2P tax treatment

08.01.16 - Consumers rate FinTech providers higher than traditional banks

December 2015

18.12.15 - SyndicateRoom named one of KPMG's Top 100 FinTech innovators

11.12.15 - WorldPay moves into Alternative Finance market

04.12.15 - Funding Circle launches first P2P investment trust

November 2015

27.11.15 - Crowdfunding and P2P sector set to consolidate

20.11.15 - One in five UK crowdfunding investments fail

13.11.15 - Lloyds expects "many thousands of customers a month" to be passed into finance referral scheme

06.11.15 - ArchOver and Coface form an exclusive £100m P2P partnership

October 2015

30.10.15 - Small businesses losing overdrafts at a rate of £5m per day

23.10.15 - Funding Circle is acquiring Zencap and entering Europe

16.10.15 - P2P lender TrustBuddy halts operations over 'misconduct'

09.10.15 - Lloyds Bank's Bishop shares views of working with Alternative Finance platforms to support SMEs

02.10.15 - McKinsey warns banks that FinTech startups and Alternative Finance pose threat to traditional banking's profits

September 2015

25.09.15 - Ablrate exceeds £3 million in funded loans

18.09.15 - New funding platform for SMEs in Leeds City Region launches

11.09.15 - New online property investment portal launched

04.09.15 - Asset Match to offer Co-op Bank equity holders share liquidity

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