All of our loans are sourced entirely from institutional capital. Which begs the question: are we now not just like a bank, minus the high-street branch network? The answer is an emphatic “no” for a number of reasons...
“Alternative lending isn’t looking so alternative anymore,” reckons law firm Vinson & Elkins, which services the private equity sector. This is particularly true when it comes to private equity firms raising debt capital. Alternative – also known as direct – lending is the fastest growing asset class in this space.
It is interesting to see that many of the high street banks announce that they plan to lend billions of pounds to support UK SMEs. It reads well as a headline, but does it stack up as a fact?
In 2019 we provided over £200 million of funding for mid-sized businesses, almost double 2018's previous record. In total we have now lent more than £580 million to small and mid-sized businesses across the UK.
You can guarantee that when an election is taking place, you’re likely to see a political leader at a local SME. Hard hats, high-vis jackets and eye-protectors are a must for the photo opportunities. Find the local manufacturer or engineering firm and it’s bound to look good in the manifesto.
Durable business models are underpinned by strong demographic drivers. That’s certainly the case with healthcare: individually and collectively, we’re not getting any younger, for a start. This, perhaps uncomfortable fact, supports the growth of care homes for the elderly.
Once upon a time, Britain was a great manufacturing nation. That’s the perception – was. While it’s true that manufacturing makes up a smaller proportion of GDP – 11%, down from about a quarter in the 1970s – what it does, it’s still world class at.
Small business growth opportunities are being stymied through lack of capital, research has found . This is exacerbated because many businesses feel they are unlikely to get a loan to fund their growth plans.
By opening up new flows of capital to UK SMEs, alternative finance is playing an important part in helping UK talent drive improved economic growth. Read our paper on why the UK should care about finding alternatives to traditional bank funding, the benefits to businesses and the future of funding