In the news - 29.04.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

UK SMEs are becoming risk averse to seeking external finance

Over three quarters of UK SME owners admit that risk of debt prevents them from seeking external funds, according to new research, indicating that a ‘non-borrowing culture’ among small businesses could be thwarting the market’s return to a pre-financial crisis state. (Business Matters)

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ThinCats breaks record for largest non-property P2P loan with £3.5m auction for LAMP Group

Europe’s – and possibly the world’s – largest ever non-property peer-to-peer loan, has listed on the ThinCats platform. The £3.5 million loan to insurance group LAMP is a new landmark for the rapidly growing peer-to-peer lending sector, which competes with banks as a source of funds for businesses and consumers. (CCR Magazine)

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Crowd2Fund Debuts Savers & Investors’ Finance ISA App

Crowd2Fund announced last week that it has launched a finance ISA app for savers and investors. According to the UK peer-to-peer lending platform, the iOS powered app allows savers and investors to build their ISA portfolio and manage existing investments more quickly and more efficiently than those on traditional platforms. (Crowdfund Insider)

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Lendix grabs $13.5 million to become a leading European P2P lending platform

Shortly after acquiring its competitor Finsquare, Lendix is back with more news. The French start-up has just raised $13.5 million (€12 million) and now wants to become one of the leading European peer-to-peer lending platforms. (Tech Crunch)

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Murphy backs P2P in UK income fund

Aviva Investors’ Chris Murphy is continuing to back P2P lending within his UK Equity Income fund despite the sector’s struggles in recent months. (FT Adviser)

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A big investment bank just signed up to lend over £40 million on mortgage funding platform LendInvest

LendInvest, an online platform for financing short-term mortgages, has signed a warehouse financing deal with Australian investment bank Macquarie. (Business Insider UK)

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How alternative finance is making supply chain finance sexy – a Q&A with C2FO's Colin Sharp

Platform C2FO is focused on helping to bring liquidity to business supply chains. It gives companies visibility of their entire chain, enabling them to pay suppliers early, utilising excess cash to generate a return. (City A.M.)

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