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RateSetter Understands the Value of Risk Intelligence PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015

RateSetter, Europe’s leading peer-to-peer lender in 2014 and expert in the field of credit risk and big data, recognised the opportunity Polecat had in the Risk Intelligence sector.  Providing swift and effective funding has allowed them to meet demand and take advantage of growth opportunities.

Polecat, based in the UK, Ireland and USA, specialises in providing digital analytic Risk Intelligence solutions to multinational companies and institutions in the Energy, Healthcare and Finance sectors.  Customers include the likes of Shell, Johnson & Johnson, NHS and a national financial regulator in Europe.
Despite the Company’s eight years in business and growing client base, the current environment of restricted lending meant obtaining finance was difficult. 
James Lawn, Polecat CEO explained: “High street banks continue to struggle with the concept of lending to software companies due to their lack of understanding of the industry.” 
Following media coverage of the British Business Bank’s partnership with RateSetter, Polecat approached the Platform in November 2014 to discuss funding options.
In contrast to the inflexibility of traditional bank lending, RateSetter recognised the huge appetite for Polecat’s expertise in this sector and value of the proposition, creating a bespoke finance option.  The business relationship extends further than the provision of finance and extra guidance and support provided has been invaluable to the firm. 
 The impact of lending to the business has been clear.  With appetite for their products rising, Polecat is now able to meet the needs of an expanding marketplace by investing for future growth. 
Speaking about the extra value of working with RateSetter, James Lawn said: “I would thoroughly recommend any fast growing business engages with RateSetter both from the perspective of rapid, transparent, assessment for suitability for debt as well as the on-going relationship that RateSetter so evidently wants to maintain with those companies that they lend to.”
Commenting on the increasing number of loans made to businesses across the country, Rhydian Lewis, RateSetter’s CEO said: “Our partnership with the British Business Bank is delivering real benefits to SMEs across the UK.  Quick access to finance at a competitive rate is essential in driving economic growth and RateSetter is proud to provide this and much more.”

(Source - RateSetter Press Release)


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