In the news - 04.09.15

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

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

Asset Match, the online marketplace to buy and sell shares in UK unquoted companies, has announced that it will be holding a share auction for Co-operative Bank equity investors. (Finextra)

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World’s first crowdfunder Crowdcube smashes £100m investment mark

The world’s first crowdfunding platform, launched in the UK back in 2011, is celebrating raising more than £100m from the crowd during the past four years. (Tech City News)

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GLI Finance increases stake in Platform Black

GLI Finance Limited has completed the increase of its stake in the equity of Platform Black Limited, a UK-based peer-to-peer invoice trading and supply chain finance business. (Stock Market Wire)

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Banks use ‘matchmaking service’ to link with fintech start-ups

Global banks are signing up to an online “matchmaking” service to join forces with financial technology start-ups that threaten to disrupt the retail banking sector with superior digital services. Barclays, AIB and Standard Bank are among a number of lenders partnering with fintech companies through Matchi, an online portal that connects financial institutions with a selection of digital innovators from around the world. (FT)

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PayPal launches peer-to-peer payments service

PayPal has announced a new way to pay friends and businesses for small loans, debts and other payments, using a peer-to-peer payments service called PayPal.Me. (ITProPortal)

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SME owners propping up their firms with personal funds

More than half of owners of small and medium-sized businesses are using personal savings or remortgaging their homes to keep their firms financially healthy, according to a survey by Sage. (The Telegraph)

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P2P investment: Taking on the banks

Harriet Green talks to GLI Finance’s Louise Beaumont on how alternative finance is changing the landscape of fundraising for SMEs – and options for retail investors. (City A.M.)

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Zopa appoints Janardana as CEO

Zopa has appointed Jaidev Janardana as chief executive officer, taking over from Giles Andrews. Janardana, 36, joined the firm last year as chief operating officer and managed business operations, including marketing, credit risk, technology and customer service. (Yahoo Finance UK)

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