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Starling Bank Joins Funding Options’ Lending Panel to Support SME Recovery

Starling Bank Joins Funding Options’ Lending Panel to Support SME Recovery | FinTech Finance

Funding Options has joined forces with digital bank Starling Bank to deliver business-critical access to finance as SMEs across the UK rebuild following a turbulent year.

Starling Bank which has a 5% share of the UK SME market has become the latest member of the leading SME finance marketplace Funding Options’ ever-growing lending panel, which now numbers in excess of 120 active lenders. Starling Bank is an award-winning, fully licensed, and regulated bank built to give people a fairer, smarter, and more human alternative to the banks of the past. It offers business, personal, joint, child, euro, and dollar current accounts alongside a range of lending products.

The partnership is very positive for the UK SME finance sector, with the challenger bank has issued more than £2bn of government-backed loans during the pandemic – with two-thirds of recipients outside London. It has ambitious plans to grow its SME account base more than four-fold to hold 18% of the UK market over the next five years.

Similarly active during the post-pandemic period, Funding Options has processed more than £850m of CBILS loans for SMEs across the UK over the last 12 months, leveraging its proprietary technology to match companies with suitable lending options in minutes.

To date, the finance platform has helped more than 10,000 SMEs to total access the funds they need, quickly and easily.

Helen Bierton, Chief Banking Officer at Starling Bank says: “By forming lending partnerships with credit brokers such as Funding Options, Starling is making it easier for small businesses to get access to the funds they need to survive, grow and flourish.”

Stuart Lawson, CRO at Funding Options said: “This partnership with Starling Bank is yet another strong signal to business owners that Funding Options will do everything to drive competition in the SME lending market and champion business growth by offering fair, cost-effective, and competitive choice.”

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