James Meekings

Funding Circle

UK Managing Director and Co-Founder

James is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction, commercial activities and operations of Funding Circle in the UK. Funding Circle is the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent $3 billion to 25,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (Oct 2016). 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 60,000 individuals, local and national government and financial institutions. 10% of lending now comes from national and supra-national government following partnerships with the British Business Bank, KfW, the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund. 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. Funding Circle is one of the best capitalised platforms globally, having raised ~$380 million from some of the world’s largest investors  

Articles Featuring James Meekings

Meet the UK’s 26 fintech unicorns

15th August 2022 | Amelia Isaacs

Funding Circle shares rally 30%

12th August 2019 | Roger Baird

James Meekings to step down from Funding Circle

9th August 2019 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle caps chief executive pay

29th May 2019 | Roger Baird

Losses expected to widen at Funding Circle

6th March 2019 | Roger Baird

Who will win big in the Funding Circle IPO?

3rd September 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle opens IFISA to new investors

18th April 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Regulator plans new crowdfunding rules for 2017

9th December 2016 | Ryan Weeks

UK Alternative Finance Back on Song?

6th October 2016 | Sam Griffiths

Funding Circle publishes post-Brexit stress test

8th September 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Can it really be “business as usual”?

19th July 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Carney frees up £150bn in bank lending

6th July 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Knecht quits Funding Circle

30th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

UK votes Leave – AltFi leaders react

24th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Mullinger Steps Back

31st May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

IFISA Goes Live

6th April 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

“Big three” to miss IFISA launch

31st March 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Innovative Finance ISA 2016: An overview

29th January 2016 | Jordan Stodart

P2P Industry Leaders Honoured

31st December 2015 | Sam Griffiths

FLS Paying Off, P2P Continues Growth

3rd December 2015 | Ryan Weeks

The “Innovative Finance ISA” Arrives

8th July 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Key Talking Points from P2P CEO Breakfast

26th June 2015 | Ryan Weeks

The FLS Gap Just Got Bigger

26th February 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Surges Past £200 Million Mark

9th January 2014 | Ryan Weeks