Category Archives: Borrowers

Weighing up debt versus equity funding

When your business is growing and you’re ready to take it to the next stage, you may need to raise funds to realise your ambitions. Two of the most common sources of external finance are debt funding and equity financing. Read …Read More

Why working capital is a must for SMEs

Working capital is the lifeblood of a business. It’s defined as current assets minus current liabilities, so represents the amount of cash available to the business at any given time once it meets its liabilities, for example staff wages and supplier …Read More

How we make our lending decisions

At LendingCrowd, affordability is at the heart of every lending decision. We assess each application on a case-by-case basis and we focus on the ability of a business to repay its loan. We also look for proven management skills, a strong …Read More

Funding your business ambitions

Accessing a business loan, whether it’s for growth, stock, office renovations, equipment or even hiring more staff, can often be a daunting prospect. As the House of Commons Treasury Committee said in its SME Finance report last year: “It is naive …Read More

Banks expected to cut business lending

Uncertainty could result in the largest cut to SME lending, by banks, since the financial crisis of 2008, according to the latest Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey. Availability of business loans has remained steady for the past four years but …Read More

Evolution of the marketplace lending sector

Charles Darwin may not have coined the term “survival of the fittest” – we owe philosopher Herbert Spencer for that – but the father of evolutionary theory embraced the phrase and eventually introduced it to the fifth edition of his groundbreaking …Read More

The growth of marketplace business lending

Business loan statistics continue to demonstrate the growing maturity of the UK marketplace business lending sector as a funding option for SMEs. In its infancy, back in 2011, only £21 million of business loans were provided by marketplace – or peer-to-peer …Read More

The benefits of using alternative finance

Small and medium-sized businesses are the powerhouse of the British economy, making up more than 99% of the business population and accounting for some 60% of all private sector employment. The business loans market is dominated by a handful of large …Read More