Funding Circle

Building the place where small businesses get the funding they need to win

Financial Services

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Company mission

We deliver an amazing experience for small businesses powered by machine learning and technology. Over the past ten years, we have built a machine learning and technology platform that is revolutionising SME lending. Since launching, we have helped more than 122,000 businesses access £13.7bn. This has a huge societal impact—in 2022 alone the lending through our platform contributed more than £6.9bn to GDP and created and sustained 106,000 jobs.



HQ Location

City of London, London, UK


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40% female employees

8% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Funding Circle

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Funding Circle launched in 2010 and it was the perfect time in the market. After the financial crisis in 2008, financial institutions were hesitant to lend money. Loans to SMEs were at record lows.

This meant that Funding Circle's innovative platform - connecting investors and businesses directly - had immediate product-market fit and growth. Funding Circle remains incredibly focused on small businesses, and this set it apart from other lending platforms. The business has since expanded to the USA.

The company completed its IPO in September 2018 in a challenging economic environment in Europe and the USA. More recently, however, trading in the group’s core UK market has been helped by its participation in the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – the company says it has been responsible for a quarter of CBILS loans by volume since it was accredited to join the scheme in April 2020.

Total funding - $369.9m

Last fundraise

Jan 2017



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Annual learning budget
  • Private Health insurance covering pre-existing conditions
  • 5% Matched Pension
  • 25 days holiday (excl. bank holidays)
  • Video therapy sessions through Spill, to support positive mental health
  • Access to Gympass
  • Dental Insurance
  • Weekly in-office yoga sessions
  • Just Eat for Business 2 days when in the office

Company values

  • Think smart
  • Make it happen
  • Be open
  • Stand together
  • Live the adventure


Previously a consultant at BCG and an investment executive at Olivant focused on financial services businesses. Awarded a CBE for services to financial services in 2015

People progressing

Joined as a Strategy and Operations Associate. Promoted to Strategy Manager after 1.5 years

Joined as a Paid Search Specialist. Promoted to Senior Digital Marketing Manager after 1.5 years

Diversity & Inclusion at Funding Circle

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Poonam Verma (Director of Talent Development, Culture & Belonging)

  • It’s in our differences that we find our strengths!
  • We celebrate and support the differences that make you, you. So we’re building a culture where difference is valued. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer. We truly believe diversity makes us better. We particularly encourage applications from applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. We welcome applicants who may want to work flexibly

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