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MARKET INSIGHT


Alternative finance’s place in a diversified portfolio


Alternative finance providers are plugging the gap for businesses let down by banks and traditional funders with the UK industry worth more than £5.7 billion in 2017. Andrew Thomson, chief executive, discusses how London Capital & Finance is harnessing innovation in funding business.


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he demand for access to finance, particularly from high-growth UK businesses, has led to an increase in alternative finance


offerings and in turn disrupted the world of traditional lending from banks. The UK online alternative finance market grew from £310 million ($382 million) in 2011 to £4.58 billion in 2016, according to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. It is showing no signs of slowing down, creating a substantial opportunity in the market. The trouble for banks who are stuck


in their legacy system is that the banking industry is plagued with increasingly complicated processes that require banks to lay out expensive resources to compete with new alternative finance models. Alternative finance has contributed to paving the way for UK businesses to grow


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ALTERNATIVE FINANCE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO PAVING THE WAY FOR UK BUSINESSES TO GROW


at an exponential rate up from 440,600 start-ups in 2011 to 657,790 start-ups in 2016. A Virgin StartUp report revealed that start-ups boosted the UK economy by an enormous £196 billion every year. London Capital & Finance Plc


(LC&F) entered the alternative finance market in 2012 as a commercial finance provider to UK businesses. The business model focuses on providing structured and secured bespoke lending solutions to UK businesses, many of whom have been let down by traditional sources of funding in the banking sector. The financing LC&F provide typically requires out-of-the-box thinking and bespoke legal and security structures to be put in place that cater for the flexibility of funding required by the borrower to achieve their end result. It also caters for the security and risk


ISSUE 74 | 2018


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