LendingCrowd toasts Scottish Enterprise anniversary
LendingCrowd, the only peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform headquartered in Scotland, has completed 33 loan deals – worth some £3 million – to companies based north of the Border since forming its groundbreaking partnership with Scottish Enterprise a year ago.
Loans have been secured by a range of fast-growing companies, including restaurant chain Tony Macaroni, property lettings agency Umega Lettings and Summerhall Distillery, the producer of award-winning spirits brand Pickering’s Gin.
The Scottish Enterprise tie-up, announced in October last year, will see the economic development agency provide LendingCrowd with £2.75m to lend to Scottish SMEs across its platform.
Stuart Lunn, co-founder and CEO of Edinburgh-based LendingCrowd, is now targeting total lending of £15m to Scottish SMEs in 2018, more than a third of forecast overall lending of £40m across the UK next year, and said growth in the platform’s investor funds has been driven by the launch in February of its Innovative Finance ISA product.
He said: “The flexibility of our funding packages combined with our ability to offer a highly personalised service and much quicker turnarounds on loan decisions than are available on the high street are starting to make an impression in the Scottish market.
“LendingCrowd has seen significant growth in 2017 and is anticipating doing £18m of deals this year, versus £4.5m in 2016. Much of the growth in investor funds on the platform results from LendingCrowd launching its ISA in February this year.”
LendingCrowd, which was established in October 2014, is fully authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. To help drive growth and scale the business, former RBS and Clydesdale Bank director Adrian Innes joined as Head of Origination in September and now leads business development activity.