Through its Hello Loans, Progressive Money and Evolution Money brands, this Manchester firm specialises in lending to people who may not have a perfect credit record. It offers secured loans — often called second mortgages or second-charge loans — after affordability checks. It was founded in 2011 by Steve Brilus, 49, and Mathew Beaver, 37, following the crash in 2008 that wiped out many second-charge lenders. Turnover, representing its net fees, reached £12.2m in 2016 and in June it secured £100m in funding from a syndicate of financial institutions.
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