Funding Options strikes deal with Validis to streamline SME borrowing

By Oliver Smith on Wednesday 11 December 2019

Alternative Lending

New Funding Options CEO Simon Cureton says the move will make borrowing more “efficient”.

Funding Options strikes deal with Validis to streamline SME borrowing
Image source: Funding Options CEO Simon Cureton.

Business finance marketplace Funding Options has announced a partnership with Validis, the provider of open accounting data analytics.

The deal will see Funding Options use Validis’ technology to speed-up the process by which SMEs have to prepare their accounting data when applying for external funding.

“We are committed to building the most efficient platform possible, connecting our clients with the right products and services,” said Simon Cureton, Funding Options recently appointed new CEO.

“Crafting a seamless lending journey for our customers is one of our core values.”

Using Validis data, combined with Open Banking and credit bureau data, Cureton says Funding Options will be able to enable better-informed lending decisions.

The move will also support Funding Options move towards supporting the back-office functions of SMEs, including automating borrowing decision making and identifying areas of business risk.

Funding Options are racing ahead with their vision to make funding accessible, fair and easy, and that is a journey we are keen to support,” said Validis UK general manager Nik Haidar.

“As financial services become increasingly digital, making sure all aspects of the lending journey are as efficient as possible is a crucial step.”

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