28th Apr, 2014

April Crowdfunding Roadshow Review

Manchester Conference Centre

Following on from the success of our January roadshow, rebuildingsociety.com hosted a second Crowdfunding Roadshow on the 22nd April at the Manchester Conference Centre. The one day event focused on the alternative finance industry.

Around 40 delegates from the Manchester business community enjoyed talks from recent borrower Christian Miles, Nick Montague from The Funding Store and Daniel Rajkumar, the founder and managing director of rebuildingsociety.com. (more…)


28th Apr, 2014

New Statistics Reveal Rapid Growth of P2P Market

Recent statistics by the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association have revealed the extent of the growth of the UK alternative finance space.

The cumulative total for loans to businesses and consumers at the end of Q1 stood at £1.207bn. This is up from £491m at the same point in 2013.

More than 5,100 business borrowers and 82,000 consumers have been the beneficiaries of p2p loans made up by over 94,000 lenders. For UK business, the total amount received tops half a billion, while the consumer side of p2p lending could breach £1 billion by the close of Q2. FCA regulation and the impending ISA inclusion are seen to be two of the key influences behind the sector’s impressive growth.*

This is a global movement though. In recent months we’ve had requests for our technology from every continent (Antarctica excepted…) as everyone around the world recognises the shifting changes in business and personal finance.

*Source: P2PFA and AltFinance News


04th Apr, 2014

£30k INTEREST FREE LOAN WIN FOR HIPPO PRINT

Hippoprint.co.uk, the next-day delivery online printing company, is looking forward to a period of growth after winning a £30,000 interest free loan through rebuildingsociety.com.

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Owners Anthony Wood and David Hanson entered a competition on rebuildingsociety.com to become the ‘most popular’ loan with rebuildingsociety’s lenders throughout the course of March 2014.

Hippoprint.co.uk is looking to expand and the £30,000 will be used to fund a sales and marketing campaign. The company plans to add a number of new products and services to its flagship guaranteed next day delivery service and will be using various PR and marketing techniques,  to raise awareness of its services locally and nationally.

Anthony Wood commented: “Even if the competition hadn’t existed, we would have chosen to borrow from a peer to business lending platform, despite the fact we could get a loan from our bank.  We liked the concept of winning an engaged audience and giving people that know us a financial return ahead of an institution.  (more…)


03rd Apr, 2014

New Knowledge Peers Report Investigates Investor Behaviour

In the third installment of Knowledge Peers’ report into the alternative finance market, it looked at lender / investor behaviour on debt and equity platforms in the UK.
Using a sample of 250, including lenders from rebuildingsociety.com, the results were published this week at the report launch in London.
Here are some of the report’s highlights:
  • Investors who are active in the alternative funding space are predominantly male (only 9.1% of respondents were female) and 71% were over 50 years old.
  • 50% of investors identified themselves as‘aggressive investors with respect to a small portion of their portfolio’. 
  • 23% identified as ‘aggressive investors with their total portfolio’
  • SEIS and EIS tax schemes ranked high for equity investors both as a motivating factor (for possible investments) and as a risk-minimizing tool. In the case of the equity investors, a near 100% made use of a scheme or pledged funds to a business that fell into the EIS or SEIS category. 
  • For debt players, 47% have already been taxed on their lending activity, with 52% having yet to do so. This indicates that, in the past year, we have seen a large influx of new lending activity, as they have yet to be taxed.
  • More than half of Auto-bidders felt that higher financial returns would be available to them if they were live-bidders. At the root of this perception is time. 42% strongly agreed and 43% agreed that Auto-bid was hugely time-saving.
To view the full report, you must be a member of Knowledge Peers’ Alternative Funding Network. For more information on membership, please visit www.knowledgepeers.com or contact (44) 0 207 831 0076 or AFN@knowledgepeers.com 

03rd Apr, 2014

£30,000 Interest-Free Loan Win For Big Hippo

Hippoprint.co.uk, the next-day delivery online printing company, is looking forward to a period of growth after winning a £30,000 interest free loan through peer-to-business lending platform, rebuildingsociety.com.

Owners Anthony Wood and David Hanson entered a competition on rebuildingsociety.com to become the ‘most popular’ loan with rebuildingsociety’s lenders throughout the course of March.

On rebuildingsociety, individual lenders bid to lend businesses money, which is then repaid in monthly capital and interest repayments on completion of the loan.  Bids are ranked according to the lowest percentage offered by the lender, so the more bids a loan attracts, the lower the overall interest rate repaid by the business.

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