What we do
rebuildingsociety.com is an online platform that connects creditworthy businesses with investors who lend money in exchange for a capital and interest return. The peer-to-business lending market is one section of the crowdfunding movement, sometimes referred to as ‘crowdlending’ or p2p lending.
The founder and Managing Director of rebuildingsociety is Daniel Rajkumar. He felt that investors could offer more than just finance to companies they lend to and believes businesses will favour this method of funding ahead of banks in the future.
Businesses and investors value the advantages of peer-to-business lending, which stems from the belief that lenders have a vested interest in seeing their borrowers succeed.
We’re also a firm believer in the founding principles of building societies and have applied some of the values to our philosophy. Read more about the origins of rebuildingsociety.com
David Powell joined the board in early 2012 and Julian Wells as Marketing Director in July. Nick Moules was appointed Communications Manager in September, while October saw the new addition to the board of Nigel Payne who along with Julian Wells runs the introducer channel.
Following a period of technology development, the site began accepting loan applications in September 2012. This started a marketing push, which resulted in rebuildingsociety.com funding its first deal in January 2013.
A firm believer in a UK economy driven by enterprise and productivity, Daniel is passionate about providing a funding solution for businesses he feels have been let down by the banks.
His own frustrating experience of applying for funding through traditional channels convinced him that he could start and establish a credible facilitator of business loans funded by individuals, resulting in rebuildingsociety.com.
A serial entrepreneur, Daniel is the owner of several web-based businesses including rebuildingsociety.com and Web Translations, a business he has owned for 12 years that helps companies to trade in international markets by translating and promoting websites.
Nick is Marketing & Communications Manager, principally responsible for marketing to new members, including our web content, PR, social media, events and campaign execution. As the first employee, Nick has been with rebuildingsociety since its launch and regularly offers comment on the peer-to-peer industry to the press and industry researchers.
Julian is rebuildingsociety’s Marketing Director with a career as a director in financial services behind him, he takes a strategic lead with commercial finance brokers, intermediaries and advisers. Julian also guides rebuildingsociety’s white label clients through set-up and launch of their p2p platforms.
Kylie reviews the security provided by applicants for its suitability and enforceability, she also manages the loan auction process to help get answers to questions and moderate communication between borrowers, lenders and advisers. Kylie holds a Qualifying Law degree and a first class Business & Law degree from Leeds University.
Nigel is a Non-Executive Director for our Commercial Finance Broker channel. Nigel is formerly a director at HBOS and a well-known figure in the intermediary market. Nigel advises on our national strategy for broker relations and the recruitment training and management of Business Development Managers.
Kenton is a Non-Executive Director for business strategy, specialising in recruitment and people strategy. Formerly Yorkshire’s Regional Director of the Institute of Directors, Kenton recently appeared on BBC’s Mind The Gap with Evan Davis.
David Powell is a shareholder and Non-Executive Director for Business Strategy. David is a Chartered Accountant and management consultant with a focus on cost management. He advises the team on business strategy, user experience and management.
Philip Pawson is Operations Director. A trained accountant and solicitor with forty years of business experience, Philip truly understands the mechanics of running a small business, which enables him to assess the creditworthiness of businesses applying for finance. Member of the ICAEW and currently serving on the ICAEW Business Law Committee.
Jayne Reid is our Partnership Director. With a background in marketing, sales and franchising, Jayne is a true relationship builder and oversees client setup and implementation for our white labelled proposition.
Malcolm South is Partner Manager. Malcolm has a background in project management and specialises in web technologies, he helps with technical support questions as well as the recruitment and training of developers.
Rick Hyland is Business Development Manager. Following a career in relationship building in sales and recruitment, Rick is responsible for identifying new borrowers and nurturing their journey through application, acting as their point of reference.
Nick Newton is our Investor Relations Manager. His responsibility includes courtesy calling lenders to update them on the status of their account. Nick also welcomes new users to the platform and helps make their acquaintance.
Huw Miller is Finance Controller. Responsible for the daily reconciliation of the client account. Huw also undertakes much of the accounting for the business as well as assisting with the preparation of applications for review by the underwriters. Huw is an MAAT, a full Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Maria Samayoa is Testing Manager. Maria joined the team in February 2014 and has been key to the implementation and account management of partner sites including the first peer-to-peer payday loans site.
Pawel Szewczyk is our in-house developer. With years of web development experience as well as expertise in configuring affiliate marketing programmes, Pawel is based in our Leeds office and regularly works with our partner sites to optimise their functionality.
Adam is our Digital Marketing Manager. He is responsible for SEO, website analytics and online advertising as well as coordinating website development and content management. Outside of work he is a budding music journalist and has built and maintained websites for a number of years.
Laura is our Marketing Executive. After graduating from Newcastle University in 2014, rebuildingsociety is Laura’s first graduate position. She assists Nick and Adam on a range of marketing tasks including speaking to borrowers and writing up their stories, planning events and supporting the business development team.
rebuildingsociety.com wouldn’t be what it is today without the input from key consultants and freelancers who are not employed full time, but are instrumental in the growth and development of the organisation. We’re big believers in computer-aided collaborative working and many of our staff work out of remote locations thanks to advanced teleworking technology. By working with a big freelance team, we keep the business lean while being able to scale up with the growth in demand.