Funding Circle has raised more than £190m from venture capital firms and high-profile investors, including Betfair’s co-founder Ed Wray, since it was founded in 2010 by three friends. Its website matches businesses looking for finance with lenders seeking a return on their money. Lenders include more than 50,000 private individuals as well as the British government. Under co-founder and chief executive Samir Desai, 33, expansion in the US and Europe helped sales hit £32.1m in 2015.
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