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02nd Nov, 2017

NorthInvest Leeds and Yorkshire FinTech Summit

On Tuesday, 14th November, the NorthInvest Leeds and Yorkshire FinTech Summit will be taking place at the KPMG offices in Leeds city centre. Daniel Rajkumar will be speaking at the breakfast event, which is scheduled to begin at 8:00am and end at 9:30am.

The summit is designed to bring together industry leaders from the region. Hosted by NorthInvest, in partnership with KPMG and Leeds City Council, the event will focus on creating a mandate for the establishing of a clear plan of action. Presentations, discussion and debates will be the first step in opening dialogue, and attendees will hear from FinTech experts and key players within the industry.

The event is a great opportunity to promote various FinTech opportunities in the region to interested parties, including prospective investors.

“I am very excited to be speaking at another event that focuses on the potential of FinTech in the north. We need to pool resources and create an open dialogue that can lead to collaboration,” Daniel explained.

Sign up for a place at the NorthInvest FinTech Summit soon to avoid disappointment!

17th Feb, 2015

How businesses in Leeds are changing the game

Leeds is an ever changing city. In the past few years the emergence of the Trinity shopping centre and the First Direct Arena have changed the landscape in both a physical and business sense. Such changes have thrown up new opportunities, and in some cases created new challenges, for the city’s established business community.

This theme of change was at the heart of the Game Changers event held on 12th February. Hosted by two of Leeds’ up and coming businesses, The Professional and Whitecap Consulting, the event was held at one of Leeds’ most recent additions.
The iconic First Direct Arena was the setting for speeches from some of the region’s business leaders and discussion on what it takes to make a mark in a changing environment. rebuildingsociety was there to hear their experiences, insights and thoughts for the future. (more…)

06th Feb, 2015

PM Visits Leeds to Set Out His Long-Term Economic Plans for Yorkshire

With the election drawing ever closer, David Cameron and George Osborne visited Leeds yesterday to discuss their vision of a ‘northern powerhouse.’ Our own MD Daniel Rajkumar joined the Institute of Directors to hear his speech.

Addressing business leaders from the region, the Prime Minister and Chancellor spoke about their ambitions for Yorkshire and their plans to create 100,000 new jobs.They stressed the importance of closing the North and South divide and the need to sustain the region’s current growth. Mr Cameron spoke of achieving this through improving transport along with the backing of science, tech start-ups and creative industries in the area.


14th Aug, 2013

Yorkshire’s P2P Imbalance

There is a negative imbalance between borrowers and lenders who take part in peer-to-peer (P2P) schemes in the Yorkshire area, according to data published by the Open Data Institute (ODI).

  • Between October 2010 and May 2013, Yorkshire businesses and consumers borrowed £32,756,000 through P2P schemes – £12,172,000 more than the amount invested by lenders in the region.
  • Of the money lent by Yorkshire lenders, only 9.7% remains in the region, while the largest share (14.1%) helps to fund small businesses in the South East.
  • York is the only city in the region that lends more than it borrows, while Sheffield’s borrowers received the highest amount of funding, a total of £7,709,486. £3,177,211 more than was lent by individuals from the city.
  • As a county, North Yorkshire lends more than it receives, with a net balance of £193,000.[1]


16th Apr, 2013

Yorkshire Post 16/04/13

By Suzan Uzel. Published on 16/04/2013 00:01

EXQUISITE Handmade Cakes is seeking to raise £50,000 to finance the purchase of new machinery via peer-to-peer online business lending platform rebuildingsociety.com.

Daniel Rajkumar & Viv Parry

The Leeds-based cake maker, which was founded by Viv Parry in 2004 and employs 30 people, hopes to generate extra sales by investing in a fully automated cake cutting machine.

Exquisite Handmade Cakes is “at a critical growth stage”, said Ms Parry, adding that she expects to grow its £1.6m annual turnover by 10 per cent this year.Ms Parry said the business “hit a brick wall” in its efforts to borrow from traditional lenders. “There’s a very poor attitude out there at the minute. No-one wants to take a risk on anything,” she said.


23rd Oct, 2012

Business Desk Features rebuildingsociety.com

Investors turning to crowdfunding for financial support

CROWDFUNDING is increasingly being turned to as an avenue of funding for start-up companies. Ian Briggs reports on those aiming to make Yorkshire a key centre for the sector’s growth.


24th Sep, 2012

Natural Skincare Range Appeals for Funds to Support Growth

When marketing a product, having a suitably sized target audience is a must.  But there’s no sweat on Steve Brookes, owner of SkinKind (UK) Ltd, who manufactures natural skincare products to treat sufferers of serious skin complaints:

“Twenty per cent of the UK’s population suffer from the likes of psoriasis, acne, eczema and dermatitis – we have a lot of people to aim at”, he says.

And SkinKind has recently begun to tap into that market of over twelve million people, selling direct to the consumer, but more prominently through the NHS as GPs prescribe the product to those suffering with serious skin complaints.

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So why should GPs prescribe SkinKind? Steve has a compelling argument: “First of all it is more successful than the steroid treatments commonly prescribed. We’re looking at 95 per cent plus of those who suffer from dermatitis seeing their hands return to a normal state with no side effects. (more…)

03rd Sep, 2012

Crowdfunding can do Wonders for Your Community

When you think of what motivates you to use a local business, it’s usually the fact that it’s close so you can save cash travelling further, you could have used it before and had a good experience, or you might know the owner and want to feel you’re contributing towards the business succeeding.

There will almost certainly be indirect benefits of doing this if other members of the community act in the same way. (more…)

21st Aug, 2012

Lend Locally and Get More Than Just a Return on Your Money

Most people accept that investing in football clubs is akin to building a bonfire of ten pound notes and lighting it. Wages are massively out of sync with income and relegation can be crippling for some clubs, such as Portsmouth.

So why do people do it? For foreign owners it’s a hobby.


21st Aug, 2012

Yorkshire Post talks to rebuildingsociety.com

This week we were proud to be featured in the Yorkshire Post. Bernard Ginns, the paper’s Business Editor, interviewed our founder Daniel Rajkumar.

‘Funds website aims to cash in as firm favourite’
Published in Yorkshire Post on Monday 20 August 2012

A YOUNG entrepreneur from Leeds is launching a new crowdfunding website to offer better returns to savers and help small businesses access desperately needed finance.

The fund-raising has valued the pre-revenue company at more than £2.5m, he told the Yorkshire Post.

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