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Starling Bank joins Funding Options’ lending panel to support SME recovery

Fresh from securing ‘unicorn’ status, the digital bank’s partnership with the UK’s leading business finance marketplace will help independent businesses access vital loans faster

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 leading SME finance marketplace Funding Options’ ever-growing lending panel, which now numbers in excess of 120 active lenders.

The partnership is very positive for the UK SME finance sector, with the challenger bank having 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, leveraging its proprietary technology to match companies with suitable lending options in minutes. The finance platform has already helped more than 10,000 SMEs 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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