James Meekings

As co-founder and UK Managing Director of Funding Circle, James is responsible for overseeing its strategic direction, commercial activities and operations in the UK. Funding Circle is the world’s leading online lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent over £2 billion to more than 20,000 businesses across the country. In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 50,000 new jobs.

Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including more than 50,000 individuals, local and national government and financial institutions. Before founding Funding Circle James was at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he advised leading multi-national and national companies on strategy, new products and efficiency programmes.

Starting small, thinking big

Funding Circle was set up in 2010 with the aim of revolutionising the outdated banking system. By connecting established businesses directly with investors, businesses can access fast, flexible finance to help them grow. The business has grown rapidly, hitting £2 billion in lending to UK companies in just 6 years. Come and hear James discuss the highs and lows of growing a small business into an international success, and the common challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

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