Posted on: 22 May 2015

What is British Business Bank backing?

The British Business Bank Investment Programme was launched in 2013 to try to help give small businesses better access to finance. So far it has pumped £400 million of state funding into lenders to small businesses, including £40 million to Funding Circle and £10 million to each of Zopa and RateSetter. The aim is to make it easier for these platforms to lend money because it improves their liquidity. However, just because a platform hasn’t had British Business Bank funding, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a reputable website to use for your loan.

Some commentators are concerned about the involvement of the British Business Bank in only a select few platforms. They see the potential for those with their backing to be able to offer more competitive rates as those without it. “Even though the credit scoring has to remain as robust,” says Andrew Hagger from MoneyComms, “these platforms could pass savings onto their customers by offering better rates of borrowing. As a result, we could potentially end up with a monopoly of P2P lending providers, which wouldn’t be good for the industry.”

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