In the news - 06.05.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

P2P industry berates advisers’ lack of interest in sector

Senior figures in the peer-to-peer (P2P) industry have criticised advisers for ignoring the sector, despite government initiatives, with some saying efforts to engage the advice community have proven pointless. (FT Adviser)

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Engineering company secures £500,000 investment

Plymouth-based MGB, which provides engineering services to safety critical industries, has secured £500,000 to support its work with Network Rail. The company has been backed by crowdlender ArchOver based on previously secured contracts and its potential to secure more when Network Rail Control Period 5 Delivery Plan (CP5) begins later this year. (Insider Media Ltd)

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North-East firms unhappy with bank charges, says NECC and Smart Money People survey

A major survey of business banking has revealed that businesses are moderately satisfied with their banks, but high account charges and slow account opening processes are a concern. (The Northern Echo)

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Fintech’s momentum outpacing banks

For many years, banks have relied on customer trust. In some circles, that trust was seriously eroded during the financial crisis, and banks overall have worked to rebuild it. Fintech firms often portray a rebel’s attitude, by contrast. It goes with the “cool.” Many in fintech wear the “disruptor” badge with pride. (Banking Exchange)

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Bank of England busy preparing for Brexit vote

The Bank of England is consumed with preparing contingency plans for Britain to leave the EU, with staff across its financial stability, monetary policy and regulatory wings ready to calm any turmoil. (FT - subscription required)

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Brexit watch - service sector slide blamed on leave concerns

Fears that Britons might actually vote to leave the EU has pushed services sector activity in the UK to a three–year low, according to a survey from Markit/Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. (Proactive Investors)

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The next step for crowdfunding: “crowd-directing”?

Investors today have access to a wider variety of investments than at any other time in history; the rise of the alternative finance industry has democratised investment, and unquoted equity is no longer just the preserve of finance professionals and industry insiders. (Money Week)

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European Commission promotes use of investment crowdfunding

The European Commission, as part of the  Capital Markets Union (CMU), has published a working document on investment crowdfunding as it seeks to boost access to capital for SMEs. (Crowdfund Insider)

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