In the news - 27.05.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

ArchOver and GapCap form strategic alliance to extend market reach 

ArchOver and GapCap, which both specialise in providing loans to SMEs secured against invoices, have signed a formal Service Level Agreement which will enable them to cross-refer and share future business opportunities. (CCR Magazine)

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Ex-Barclays boss Rich Ricci: FinTech will eat banks' lunch

Rich Ricci, the former head of Barclays investment banking and right-hand man of Bob Diamond, has warned that FinTech start-ups will snatch market share from established financial institutions and change the landscape of banking. (City A.M.)

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Mark Carney's biggest speech of the year is going to be about FinTech and the technology behind bitcoin

Financial technology is set to dominate one of the most important events in the British financial calendar. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's biggest speech of the year will be about FinTech and blockchain technology, he revealed on Tuesday. (Business Insider UK)

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Peer-to-peer pioneer ThinCats surpass £100m in loans

ThinCats, the second peer-to-peer business lender to launch in the UK, is today celebrating a major milestone as the platform surpasses £100m in loans to British businesses. (ThinCats)

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SyndicateRoom completes £3.1M funding round

Equity crowdfunding business SyndicateRoom has today (23rd May) completed its series A funding round, raising £3.1m. (Insider Media Ltd)

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Peer-to-peer lending not a ‘major threat’ to banks

British banks do not face a 'major threat' from peer-to-peer lenders and will continue to dominate £600bn of lending in a decade’s time, a big four consultancy firm has said. (FT - subscription required)

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Zopa's got a new finance product, expanding into car refinancing loans and more

Peer-to-peer lender Zopa is branching out with a new loan product offering car refinancing in a bid for a share of the £12bn a year market. (City A.M.)

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Beware of bandwagon lenders and flat pack finance providers

The number of lenders rejected by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers over the past two years has skyrocketed. Trade body CEO advises SMEs to read the fine print when seeking finance. (

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British Business Bank launches “Help to Grow” program to boost UK SMEs

The British Prime Minister announced the “Help to Grow” program in February 2015. In the most recent budget statement, the Chancellor boosted the commitment from £100 million to £200 million. (Crowdfund Insider)

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