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Choose your lending strategy

Growth Account

Create your lending portfolio
in one click.
Capital at risk. No FSCS protection.**

You decide how much to lend, we take care of the rest. We’ll automatically diversify your portfolio, and your capital and interest repayments, across a wide range of business loans.

Income Account

Repayments lent out automatically,
income paid from your interest.
Capital at risk. No FSCS protection.**

Your funds and capital repayments are automatically lent to a range of businesses, while your interest is transferred to a separate account for you to withdraw.

Self Select Account

Choose who to lend to, at rates from 5.95% to 14.25%*
Capital at risk. No FSCS protection.**

You decide which businesses to lend to, using the LendingCrowd Loan Market. Bid at the rate you choose. Receive monthly capital and interest payments when the borrower repays.

Why lend to businesses with LendingCrowd?

How does it work?

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Choose your account

To get started, choose the account that best suits your lending approach


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Set up your account

Setting up your account is easy – you can do it all online quickly and simply


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Start lending

Once you’ve registered, add funds to your account by bank transfer or debit card


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Earn returns

Receive monthly repayments of capital and interest on your business loans


Minimising risk

Our Credit Team reviews every borrower application made to LendingCrowd. This means only established businesses and those assessed as creditworthy are able to borrow through our platform. However, please remember that your capital is at risk when lending to businesses.

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As a lender, your capital is at risk

It’s important to remember there’s a possibility that a business may not be able to repay its loan. If a loan is declared a default and there’s no clear indication of how and when we’ll receive the payment, we’ll take recovery action. This can involve forcing the sale of assets through a legal process, which can take time. While we’ll make every effort to recover as much capital as possible, you should remember that you may not receive all the money you lent.

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Minimise your risk – diversify

Diversifying your portfolio is the best way to help manage risk. In other words, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Our Growth Account and Income Account automatically create a diversified portfolio of business loans for you.

By spreading your lending across as many businesses as possible on the Loan Market, throughout a range of Risk Bands, you’ll reduce the impact of bad debt if any individual business is unable to repay its loan.

Have any questions?

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How it works

Lending to businesses with LendingCrowd.

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Lender FAQs

The most frequently asked questions by our lenders.

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Visit our help centre

or call us on
0345 564 1600
and we’ll be happy to help.

If you invest through LendingCrowd you should understand that your capital is at risk.

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.

Read more about the risk involved when investing and borrowing.

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

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