2014 CF Academic Predictions, Bryan Zhang


 Growth looking forward: Berkeley-Nesta-Cambridge UK Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report.

While one cannot make any specific predictions of growth rates based on the early years of a nascent industry propelled by disruptive technology, evidence from the rise of social media, e–commence, mobile technology and the rise of innovative entrepreneurship suggests that alternative finance in the UK will likely grow to be a several billion pounds a year market within the next 3–5 years. From the benchmarking data to date and the global growth context, it is almost certain that Britain will continue to experience substantial growth in the number of campaigns, intermediaries, individual borrowers and lenders, and also in the total capital raised to fund businesses through alternative means. Based on the average growth rates between 2011 and 2013, we can cautiously predict that the UK alternative finance market will grow to £1.6 billion next year and provide £840 million worth of business finance for start–ups and SMEs in 2014.




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