Boasting high profile investors such as Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, this peer-to-peer lending website was founded in 2010 by three friends to help SMEs access finance. The site matches businesses looking for loans with lenders seeking a return on their money. Lenders range from private individuals to the UK government. The firm recently raised £100m in a funding round led by DST Global. Under co-founder and chief executive Samir Desai, 32, sales reached £13.1m in 2014 when Funding Circle reported a big loss.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank4
CompanyFunding Circle
ActivityPeer-to-peer lending
LocationCentral London
Average 3 year sales growth195.93%
Latest sales £000s13,102
Staff182
Founded2010
Websitewww.fundingcircle.com

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