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LendingCrowd raises £100m to support SME growth and recovery

Stuart Lunn, founder and CEO of LendingCrowd
  • Fintech lending platform agrees largest deal in its history
  • Funding secured from Barclays Bank PLC and a large global investment firm
  • Money will be loaned to SMEs through the Recovery Loan Scheme and its core business lending product to fuel both recovery and growth

LendingCrowd, the fintech SME lending platform, has closed a funding deal with Barclays Bank PLC, and a large global investment firm to support SMEs across Britain as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic and return to growth.

The funding will be delivered via the British Business Bank’s Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), for which LendingCrowd has now been accredited as a lender, and also through its popular term lending product.

The Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the pandemic. Funds from the scheme can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including managing cashflow, growth and investment. It is designed to appeal to businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes.

LendingCrowd has now started to deploy this funding to SMEs across Britain. The company will provide RLS loans up to £500,000 over a three, four or five-year term. The new funding agreement represents the biggest capital markets deal in LendingCrowd’s eight-year history, with operations expanding and headcount growing by a third to manage the provision of this funding to the SMEs that need it most.

Stuart Lunn, founder and CEO of LendingCrowd, said: “It is hard to imagine a more difficult business environment than the past 18-24 months, which has seen many small and medium-sized businesses severely limited in how much they can trade, and trying to operate under rapidly changing restrictions, through no fault of their own.

“Many of these SMEs are good, solid businesses that desperately need some extra support. However, there remains a significant unmet demand for business lending, particularly in the £250,000 to £500,000 space. It is crucial for businesses, and for our wider economic recovery, that this demand is properly served.

“We have invested in our tech-enabled lending platform and, together with our funding partners, we will offer businesses automated checks, faster decisions and competitive rates for small business loans. This saves time and hassle for customers, accountants and intermediaries who support these SME borrowers.

“The next few years will require a real collective effort to get our economy back on track – at LendingCrowd we are determined to play our part.”

The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Visit

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Gareth Mackie

Gareth Mackie

LendingCrowd is the trading name of Edinburgh Alternative Finance Limited, Company Number SC468392, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm reference number 670991). LendingCrowd and its products are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The company's registered office is 23 Manor Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7DX.

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