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Member News: Funding Options joins the SME Finance Forum global network to help drive economic growth

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Washington D.C. December 18th, 2020- Business finance marketplace Funding Options has joined the SME Finance Forum global membership network. Small and mid-sized businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and will play a pivotal role in driving economic recovery with access to capital central to that. As the UK adapts to a tiered system of regional Covid-19 restrictions accessing finance will remain essential to ensure survival. According to BVA BDRC’s latest SME Finance Monitor, three-quarters of small and medium-sized businesses have been negatively affected by Covid-19, with 35% struggling to stay afloat. 

Matthew Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum comments, “At SME Finance Forum we are committed to helping small businesses get access to capital needed to grow and sustain their enterprise. Our membership network forms a close-knit community of industry experts who share a common purpose of helping SMEs. We are delighted to have Funding Options as the newest member of the Forum. We truly value their contributions.”

Funding Options is a leading marketplace for business finance, sitting at the epicentre of the industry. The fintech leverages its deep lender relationships with next generation technology built on open data technology to present borrowers with the most relevant funding solutions. A two-time winner of Nesta’s Open Up Challenge for Open Banking, Funding Options has been designated by HM Treasury for the bank referral scheme, to help UK SMEs find alternative finance when they're unsuccessful with the major banks. Whether SMEs are looking to grow, finance new assets or pay off a tax bill, its award-winning technology and in-house business finance specialists search the market to find the best match for any SME situation.

 

Simon Cureton, CEO of Business Finance Marketplace, Funding Options comments, “With the support of our partners, we help businesses all over the UK find the right business finance, working with hundreds of lenders across the whole spectrum of financial solutions. As a member of the SME Finance Forum, we will share our experiences from the European markets with other members and broaden our network globally, as well as our sphere of influence, working alongside other leaders in SME finance to deliver funding solutions that will benefit SMEs the world over.”

 

About SME Finance Forum

The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge centre for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative.

About Funding Options

Funding Options is the leading marketplace for business finance, helping businesses across the UK and the Netherlands find the right funding for their situation. With more than 120 lender partners, Funding Options is delivering hundreds of millions of pounds in vital finance to thousands of UK businesses every year. Whether for growth, financing new assets or paying off a tax bill - its award-winning technology searches the market to find the right funding options for the given situation. It takes minutes, there’s no obligation, and it’s easy to use. A dedicated team of experienced Business Finance Specialists is on hand to support throughout the process, ensuring that running a business remains the focus for owners. Funding Options is a two-time winner of Nesta’s Open Up Challenge for Open Banking and has been designated by HM Treasury for the bank referral scheme, to help UK SMEs find alternative finance when they're unsuccessful with the major banks.

 

Media Contacts

Carina Carrasco: ccarrasco@worldbank.org

fundingoptions@fieldhouseassociates.com

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