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The Growth Account is ideal if you’re looking for a quick and simple way to lend to British businesses.

It offers a target rate of 4.6%* a year and your lending is automatically diversified across a portfolio of credit-assessed small business loans. 

At a glance:

Minimum deposit £1,000

Make your money work harder

No fixed term — you can make full or partial withdrawals

Fully automated platform working for you

*When lending to businesses, it's important to remember that your capital is at risk. The 4.6% target rate is variable, net of ongoing repayment fees, estimated bad debt and before the 1% capital withdrawal fee. LendingCrowd and its products are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

How it works

The Growth Account makes lending to businesses simple. You don’t need to choose which individual businesses to lend to – sit back and let LendingCrowd’s platform do the hard work for you. We spread your funds across a wide range of loans available on the LendingCrowd Loan Market. If your portfolio value is between £1,000 and £1,999, no more than 2% of your funds will be lent to any one business. This maximum target exposure reduces to 1% for portfolios of between £2,000 and £4,999, and to 0.5% for portfolios of £5,000 and above.

The longer you hold the account, the more diverse your portfolio will become, as your capital and interest repayments will automatically be used to purchase new loan parts on your behalf. Remember that diversification is key to mitigating risk.

This approach gives you a balanced portfolio of loans that aims to produce a net annual return of 4.6%*, after repayment fees and estimated bad debts have been deducted.

If you want to earn tax-free returns* on your LendingCrowd Growth account, why not open a LendingCrowd Growth ISA?

*When lending to businesses, it’s important to remember that your capital is at risk. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each lender and may be subject to change in future. LendingCrowd and its products are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Accessing your money

You can cash in all or part of your Growth Account balance, but you must maintain an account value of at least £1,000 for the platform to continue lending on your behalf. If you want to withdraw your funds, you can sell loan holdings on our Loan Market. There’s a withdrawal fee of 1% of the capital withdrawn. The time taken to access your funds depends on how quickly your holdings are sold. The ability to sell depends on other lenders buying your loans.

It's easy to get started

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Open an account

Complete a quick investor classification and appropriateness assessment to open your account – this is a requirement of P2P lending

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Add funds to your account

You must pay in at least £1,000 to start lending to businesses and you can add to this at any time

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Watch your loan portfolio grow

Keep up to date with your loan holdings and returns on your account page

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LendingCrowd is working with the British Business Bank to help deliver CBILS loans to SMEs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more: