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21st March 2019

Marketplace lending sees record £6bn year, but growth slows

Marketplace lending hit a record £6.1bn in 2018, according to Link Asset Services’ inaugural Marketplace Lending Index, powered by Brismo (formerly named AltFi Data).

The value of gross marketplace lending conducted by tech-enabled platforms (which includes crowdfunded or peer-to-peer loans) reached a quarterly record of £1.6bn in Q4, up 13.9% year on year.

The record end to 2018 marks an impressive rise for this form of lending.  In 2011, new gross lending amounted to just £92m. It now takes a shade under six days for marketplace platforms to originate this amount. 

19th March 2019

AlbionVC study highlights impact of workplace culture on companies’ ability to scale

AlbionVC, the technology investment arm of Albion Capital, today published a new study which establishes a clear link between a company’s ‘fitness to scale’ - an analysis of five internal benchmarks - and commercial success. It also identifies certain elements of a company’s workplace culture that enable hyper-fast growth, and others likely to constrain it. 

15th March 2019

SMEs cautious in an uncertain environment, but upbeat about future growth

BVA BDRC has published its quarterly SME Finance Monitor. The largest and most frequent study of its kind in the UK, research findings have been gathered across 31 waves 

14th March 2019

Beauhurst publishes funding statistics for UK female entrepreneurs

Beanuhurst marked International Women's Day by highlighting the continuing gender imbalance in the UK's high-growth sector. In its latest report Beauhurst has analysed funding trends into female-founded companies and found that women entrepreneurs secured just 16% of equity deals in 2018.  

14th March 2019

Private equity investors fall short on key competencies says eFront report

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, today publishes its first LP Proficiency Survey – the most comprehensive study into the sophistication of private equity’s fund investors. 

The report, which canvassed the opinions of LPs ranging from high net worth individuals to major pension plans, finds that investors are falling short of industry best practice in areas such as negotiation, reporting and position monitoring. In all, 179 investors from across the globe rated their approach to 10 private equity investment competencies, selecting from answers graded in terms of sophistication.

12th March 2019

UK P2P lending data reflects maturity of the sector in 2018

P2PFA platforms facilitated loans worth nearly £3 billion during 2018, with more than 288,000 current borrowers during the fourth quarter, as further evidence of the maturity of the UK peer-to-peer lending market is revealed.

The quarterly data reveal that during the final quarter of 2018 more than £800 million of new lending was facilitated by P2PFA platforms, comprising £527 million to businesses and £282 million to almost a quarter-of-a-million consumers. Cumulative lending among P2PFA platforms has now exceeded £5.5 billion for business lending and £4 billion for consumer lending.

8th March 2019

Partech white paper analyzes the relationship between corporates and start-ups

Nico Valenti Gatto and Tanguy Confavreux at Partech Ventures have published a white paper analysing the relationships between corporates and start-ups.

Download the white paper : And Corporates and start-ups lived happily ever after.

8th March 2019

1 in 12 tech startups are AI companies, says MMC report

A report released from venture capital firm MMC Ventures, in association with Barclays, shows that one in 12 new startups in Europe is an AI company – compared with just one in 50 in 2013. The report – State of AI 2019: Divergence – provides unique insight into the proliferation of AI, Europe’s 1,600 AI entrepreneurs, and AI’s implications for society.



6th March 2019

Beauhurst report maps UK Life Sciences landscape

Beauhurst has outlined the UK’s Life Sciences landscape and provided a downloadable spreadsheet of the top companies in the sector – by amount of funding received, percentage growth in turnover and latest valuation. 

5th March 2019

STEM skills gaps is impacting tech innovators

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are key to the innovative small businesses that are set to make up a significant proportion of the Government's future industrial strategy. 

4th March 2019

Private equity professionals raise concerns about government change

Two in five (40%) private equity industry professionals believe that a change in UK government is the biggest risk to their investment appetite in the UK, compared to 20% who selected a no deal Brexit. This is according to new research* conducted by JCRA, the independent financial risk advisor which works with clients in the real estate and private equity sectors, amongst others, to develop hedging strategies that reduce costs and protect returns.

27th February 2019

Chinese VC funds outperform US and Europe says eFront report

New research from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has shown that Chinese venture 

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