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Success is sweet for firm that rejected big banks for crowdfunding society

posted Sep 14, 2014, 11:59 PM by J Shaw   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 12:02 AM ]
Crowd pleaser: Frank Dillon, a Candy Hero director, at its Leeds shop

Nearly half of Britain’s smaller businesses do not differentiate between the ‘Big Four’ high street banks, according to a new study.

Only one in ten small to medium-sized firms believe the services that the major banks offer are better than those of the new ‘challenger’ banks, according to research from Platform Black. 

The supply chain finance firm also found that perceptions of the major banks deteriorated the smaller the company is.  

Crowd pleaser: Frank Dillon, a Candy Hero director, at its Leeds shop

Only 7 per cent of businesses in their first year of trading or with a turnover of less than £1million  a year believed the traditional banks offer a better service than the challengers. 


    And just 15 per cent of those with a turnover of £10 million or more considered the big banks’ offer to be better. 


    Platform Black’s co-founder Louise Beaumont said: ‘The big four may still control 85 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprise accounts, and 90 per cent of lending, but awareness of what challenger banks and providers of alternative business finance offer is growing rapidly.’

    Of a review of the big banks’ dominance of the market she said: ‘We should know whether the Government will go down the full investigation route some time in November, once all the evidence that is being gathered by the Competition & Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority has been assimilated.’

    Platform Black is a co-founder of the Alternative Business Funding portal, which has just been joined by crowdfunder Rebuilding Society, it was announced today. 

    Candy Hero is one firm that has expanded following a loan from Rebuilding Society. 

    The rare sweet importer and retailer, based in Baildon, West Yorkshire, raised £50,000 from Rebuilding Society’s members, who it says can invest as little as £10 each for returns of 8 to 20 per cent.

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