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In the news this week
The big story this week was the news that RateSetter is working on a £30m fundraising, which is set to serve as a prelude to a London float. The funding round, which would value RateSetter at about £280m, comes the same week as the peer-to-peer lender announced that its Innovative Finance ISA has attracted more than £100m. Also on the fundraising hunt is Crowdcube, after it reported an operating loss of £4.7m for the year ending last September, despite the average size of a completed pitch increasing average revenues per campaign by 19 per cent.
Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter to raise £30m as London float looms
Peer-to-peer lending business RateSetter is working on a £30m fundraising which is expected to be a prelude to a London float. According to Sky News RateSetter is working with investment bank Lazard and broker Peel Hunt to raise £30m from investors. (City A.M.)
Crowdcube is steadily losing cash, with new fundraising on the horizon
Exeter-based Crowdcube has posted losses for another year, as revenues slump due to sources of new campaigns on the platform drying up. Despite its status as one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms, and having previously raised an additional £1m in... (City A.M.)
Fast-growing FinTech Revolut has announced the launch of Revolut Connect, hailed as the "ultimate tool to complement business banking". The new tool allows the company's Revolut for Business customers to easily build integrations with popular business apps to help them save time and money. (BusinessCloud)
RateSetter has announced that its Innovative Finance Isa (IFIsa) has attracted more than £100m in subscriptions in just over four months after its launch. This marks the third major milestone for the P2P lending platform within the last month. (B&C)
GPS raises £44 million to fund international growth
Global Processing Services, which provides the backbone card processing tech for a host of fintech startups and challenger banks in the UK, has raised £44 million to fund plans for international expansion. (Finextra)
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