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NextFin revealed that it had acquired CrowdRating

NextFin revealed that it had acquired CrowdRating

Posted 7 months ago


Business Agent Ltd, trading as NextFin, is launching a new peer-to-peer lending rating service. The firm explains how NextFin will provide an additional layer of due diligence on the industry for in..

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Sacha Bright comments on 4th Alternative Finance Industry Report

Sacha Bright comments on 4th Alternative Finance Industry Report

Posted 3 years ago


Sacha Bright, founder and CEO of businessagent.com the regulated independent market place for the UK equity crowdfunding and business peer-to-peer (P2P) lending comments on Friday’s 4th Altern..

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What does the NESTA/Sage report on SME productivity offer crowdfunding investors?

What does the NESTA/Sage report on SME productivity offer crowdfunding investors?

Posted 3 years ago


NESTA and Sage published a report on regional Small and Medium (SME) sized business productivity in the UK this week. It makes for fascinating reading and should certainly attract the attention of W..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding peer to peer lending p2p lending NESTA Sage SMEs London competition businesses


Are P2P platforms about to face their toughest test yet?

Posted 3 years ago


On Monday GLI Finance wrote down the value of its investments in eight peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms by £12.6 million. The investment company that backs fintech businesses cited “..

Tagged: business finance P2P lending peer to peer lending GLI Finance invest investment Lendy Zopa risk


Goldman Sachs to launch a UK online Bank and possible P2P lending platform

Posted 3 years ago


Goldman Sachs, the US based investment bank, is set to launch a new online Bank in the UK. It will aim to provide savers with more attractive returns than those on offer from the UKs high street Ban..

Tagged: Goldman Sachs investment bank alternative finance online bank p2p lending peer to peer lending Zopa Ratesetter


Why interest rates remaining low for at least another year is good news for the peer-to-peer business lending sector

Posted 3 years ago


A survey by the BBC of the UKs leading economists suggests that interest rates are unlikely to rise before next year.   In June three of the nine members of the Bank of England’s (BoE) ..

Tagged: p2p lending peer to peer lending interest rates IFISA Bank of England alternative finance BBC


Despite low visibility IFISA attracts an average account size of £8,500 and £17m in its first year

Posted 3 years ago


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data released today shows that £17 million was invested in Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISAs) in the 2016/2017 tax year.    Launched in April 2016 some ..

Tagged: Alternative finance IFISA HMRC Stocks & Shares Peer to Peer lending P2P lending investment investors growing interest in IFISAs


RateSetters withdrawal from the P2PFA highlights the importance of data transparency

Posted 3 years ago


Sacha Bright the CEO and founder of businessagent.com, the UK’s authorised equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) aggregator for businesses believes it is time for the UK’s debt and ..

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Personal relationships matter

Posted 3 years ago


Personal relationships matter. No matter the advances in technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), this remains clear. businessagent.com offers investors and businesses sight of the UK&rsq..

Tagged: alternative finance peer to peer p2p SME technology artificial intelligence investors businesses banks IFISA


An update on the Peer to Peer marketplace

Posted 3 years ago


The big news earlier this week was released on 31 July by RateSetter. The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending site announced that it has issued more than £2 billion of loans to businesses and individua..

Tagged: alternative finance peer to peer lending p2p lending Ratesetter improve transparency default rates


What do debt warnings mean for investors and small businesses?

Posted 3 years ago


The debt warning The Bank of England (BoE) warned again on Tuesday about rising debt levels in the UK. Whilst the majority of UK household debt is related to mortgages, other debt such as credit ca..

Tagged: alternative finance business loans bank of england debt levels peer to peer P2P investing saving


Banks cutting local ties is better news for businesses than it may first appear

Posted 3 years ago


Last week the Guardian reported that RBS was cutting jobs in its small business loans department and outsourcing work to India. These cuts follow the closure of 158 branches last year and represent ..

Tagged: banks cutting local ties P2P peer to peer RBS good news for businesses


What’s of note in the UKs Peer-to-Peer and equity crowdfunding sectors

Posted 3 years ago


We are almost at the half-way point for 2017, which begs the question what is worth noting in the Peer-to-Peer and UK equity crowdfunding markets?   Well firstly peer-to-peer is having a reco..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding p2p peer to peer alternative finance IFISA Innovative Finance


How to be risk aware and make an informed decision about investing in UK equity crowdfunding

Posted 3 years ago


You are aware of the scenario: before you are two doors; one leads to certain death and one to riches. Before you stand two guides; one can only answer your questions honestly, the other will always..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding be risk aware make informed decisions alternative finance investment peer to peer lending p2p lending


What is peer-to-peer lending?

Posted 3 years ago


Peer-to-peer lending – also known as P2P lending, debt crowdfunding and marketplace lending – is an alternative financing model whereby people borrow from other people, rather than going..

Tagged: business loans business sme business funding loans peer to peer peer to peer loans peer-to-peer loans peer to peer lending peer-to-peer lending equity crowdfunding


Ten useful numbers businesses and investors should know about alternative finance in the UK

Posted 3 years ago


Ten useful numbers businesses and investors should know about alternative finance in the UK   6% is the percentage of all seed and venture stage equity investment provided by equity crowdfund..

Tagged: finance alternative finance peer to peer p2p peer-to-peer investors investment crowdfunding equity crowdfunding peer to peer lending p2p lending


Will USA trump regulation for impact on UK Alternative finance market? Asks our CEO Sacha Bright

Posted 4 years ago


 Will USA trump regulation for impact on UK Alternative finance market? Asks our CEO Sacha Bright   It is a little early to say quite how Trump’s Presidency will impact Alternative..

Tagged: business agent donald trump alternative finance peer to peer p2p america economics peer-to-peer business loans borrowing altfi fintech


CMA Puts Pressure on High Street Banks to Step Up

Posted 4 years ago


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have spent the last 2 years inquiring into the technological state of high street banks and the ease of switching between accounts. The CMA have announced..

Tagged: banks cma interest rates mobile apps high street banks banking current accounts overdrafts technology fintech api loans borrowing alternative finance peer to peer bank of england


Banks Begin to Cut Interest Rates

Posted 4 years ago


The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) recently voted to cut interest rates down to a low of 0.25%, the lowest we have seen in 7 years. This is part of the measures that Mark Carney is planning to put ..

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P2PFA Q2 Data Shows Growth Slows for Peer to Peer Lending

Posted 4 years ago


The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association have just release the data for Q2 of 2016 to show that lending currently stands at £5.8bn with around £658 Million lent in Q2. This shows a dip fr..

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Bank of England to Lower Capital Buffers & Interest Rates Following Brexit

Posted 4 years ago


  Mike Carney, the Bank of England’s Governor has stated that interest rates will be cut this summer to battle a Brexit slowdown.  Ten year government bond yields have dropped as we..

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Become an Angel Investor Lunchtime Masterclass

Posted 4 years ago


Business Agent, Bond Dickinson and Angels Den are collaborating to bring you an exciting new event and would like to invite you to attend our ‘Become an Angel’ lunchtime masterclass. ..

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Business Finance: Beyond the Business Loan

Posted 4 years ago


Business Finance: Beyond the Business Loan   For many, the traditional business loan is the most logical option when looking for finance. However, sometimes it just doesn’t work out how..

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UK Treasury Committee Express Concerns over Peer to Peer Lending

Posted 4 years ago


Recently the chairman of the UK Parliament Treasury Committee wrote to the head of the FCA and Andrew Bailey, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for Prudential Regulation, expressing concerns ov..

Tagged: UK treasury government peer to peer p2p peer-to-peer loans p2p loans investing equity crowdfunding alternative finance fintech risk FCA Andrew Bailey Andrew Tyrie


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