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RATESETTER LENDS £500MILLION IN UNDER FIVE YEARS

The UK’s leading peer-to-peer platform breaks another record, lending £43 million in one month

Leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lender RateSetter has surpassed half a billion lent since launch in 2010. This latest milestone comes on the back of a year of rapid growth in 2014, which saw the business overtake competitors to become the industry leader in Europe.

In another market record, the Company lent over £43 million in January – the most ever lent by any P2P platform in a single month, smashing the previous record (also held by RateSetter) and amounting to nearly £10 million more than each of its closest rivals Zopa and Funding Circle.

RateSetter LogoThe business, set up less than five years ago, has capitalised on the nation’s growing dissatisfaction with traditional savings vehicles and grown a steady base of loyal and savvy customers looking to make more returns for their money.

2015 is a year of much anticipation in the P2P sector, particularly in light of Hargreaves Lansdowne’s entry into the market, in addition to the building momentum over the last year with significant developments such as FCA regulation and ISA inclusion.

Once considered an alternative finance option, P2P is at the forefront of a major evolution to the UK investment and savings landscape and is rapidly becoming a serious mainstream contender.

RateSetter’s Founder and CEO, Rhydian Lewis commented: “We’re on the brink of the most exciting change in the UK financial system in a generation, and we feel privileged that RateSetter is at the forefront of this change.

“Institutional investment, SME lending and new pensions freedoms will all further accelerate growth in the sector. As the industry matures we may well see a split in the market between platforms that transition towards institutional lending, in a similar manner to the US market, and those which remain consumer-focused at their heart.

“Our continued focus will be to act in the best interest of consumers, empowering investors to achieve greater returns with minimal risk.”