Recent Release | 26 Mar 2021

Supporting SMEs through the crisis and recovery: Funding Circle’s 2020 impact

Economic Consulting Team

Oxford Economics

According to a new report by Oxford Economics, Funding Circle’s loans under management to SMEs at the end of last year made a total annual contribution of £10 billion to the UK and US. The lending supported 135,000 jobs and £2.8 billion in tax revenues.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) faced a challenging year in 2020. SMEs were impacted by restrictions and closures resulting from Covid-19. The significant support provided by government highlights their importance to the UK economy. With online borrowing increasing, Fintech lenders were well-placed to support SMEs with the finance they required throughout the year.

Funding Circle made a considerable contribution to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, lending far and wide to businesses in 378 out of the UK’s 379 Local Authority Districts, contributing to the levelling up agenda.

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