The Alternative Financier

By Adrian Reeve | Snippets from the Alternative Finance and FinTech sectors

British Business Bank sets out case for more finance options for smaller businesses looking to grow - British Business Bank

The British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank, has today published The Benefits of Diverse Finance Markets for Smaller …

FinTech

British Business bank launches first £120m tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund - British Business Bank

£120m of debt finance and small business loans launched as part of wider £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund<p>Fund launched alongside new report on …

The History of Bitcoin In Pictures

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57 banks and nothing wrong?

Seven years ago, the first new retail bank in almost a century got its licence to open: Metro Bank. Now, there are so many new banks starting up in …

Banking

Financial Stability Board report highlights aspects of online lending as potential causes for concern

Source: https://goo.gl/qs8DG5<p><b>Online lending features in FSB report on the financial stability implications of fintech.</b><p>Speaking in his role as head of …

FinTech

SME funding expansion & growth | AltFin's role in ensuring their success

A look at different types of term loans, and the advantages for both SMEs and investors.<p>Bank of England officials warned that the sharp rise in …

NatWest launches alternative lending platform | Peer2Peer Finance News

NATWEST has gone head-to-head with peer-to-peer lenders by launching its own automated lending platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises …

5 Common Misconceptions About Alternative Lending

Alternative, or non-bank, lending got a big boost in 2008 when the mortgage meltdown caused banks to roll up their welcome mats. In that era of …

£400m Northern Powerhouse Fund launched to help SMEs

The British Business Bank has launched its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, which will offer help to small and medium-sized businesses in …

The Association of Alternative Business Finance Launched Today

The Association of Alternative Business Finance (AABF) launched today (1 February) with the major ambition of championing and promoting the best …

New alternative lending association nears launch

Source: https://goo.gl/D3PemW<p><b>New association of direct lending platforms sets founding principles and membership criteria.</b><p>The Association of …

Bracing for seven critical changes as fintech matures

The fintech sector is being shaped by shifting market conditions, new regulations, and changes in consumer demands and behaviors.<p><b>For the past decade,</b> …

Bank referral scheme to go live early next quarter

<b>A start-date to the government’s much-vaunted bank referral scheme has at long last been set.</b><p>The alternative finance sector has been waiting for the …

Wrap up of the LendIt Europe 2016 Conference

Samir Desai, CEO of Funding Circle, gives the opening keynote at LendIt Europe 2016I have been in London this week for our third annual LendIt Europe …

FinTech

UK challenger banks: who’s who (and what’s their tech)

UK challenger banks: who is whoWith so many new entrants trying to muscle into the UK banking sector, <i>Banking Technology</i> has put together a …

Banking

Moving Mainstream

Robert Wardrop, Bryan Zhang, Raghavendra Rau & Mia Gray<p>Since the global financial crisis, alternative finance - which includes financial instruments …

Challenger banks slam watchdog for failing to help them lend to SMEs

Challenger banks have responded angrily to perceived lack of action from the CMA to help them lend to small businesses.<p>The competition and markets …

U.K. Government Awards Framework Agreement to Blockchain-As-A-Service Company Credits

The U.K. Government has awarded the first G-Cloud 8 framework agreement for the supply of distributed ledger technology to technology startup …

Bitcoin

Mark Carney Has Started A Revolution By Embracing Fintech And Blockchain

In the aftermath of Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, Brexit’s loudest advocates scurried from public view and the political establishment descended into a caustic battle for control. Emerging from the melee was Theresa May, who has a reputation for consistency, if little else. …

FinTech

Ex-Google engineers have spent 2 years secretly trying to solve 'the hardest problem in banking'

A startup led by two former Google engineers on Wednesday unveiled a cloud-based "operating system" for banks meant to bring the infrastructure at the heart of finance into the 21st century.<p>London-based Thought Machine has been working on its VaultOS platform behind closed doors for two years, with …

Banking

Bank of England eases rules for banks to meet Brexit challenge

(Adds market reaction, background)<p>By David Milliken and Huw Jones<p>LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) - The Bank of England took steps on Tuesday to ensure …

Marketplace lending

Does marketplace lending represent a disruptive threat to banks’ core lending and deposit-gathering business in the UK market? Or are they a …