Funding Circle’s loans platform matches small businesses who want to borrow with investors who want to lend. These investors, including more than 80,000 individuals and the British government, have used its website to advance more than £5bn to 50,000 businesses in the UK, America, Germany and Holland. It has raised £250m from venture capital firms and high-profile investors, including the Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, since it was set up in 2010. Last year the company received regulatory approval to launch an innovative finance Isa. Under co-founder and chief executive Samir Desai, 35, sales hit £94.5m in 2017.
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