Welcome!

News Feed Item

Peer-to-peer Lending Hits the Mainstream as Zopa Lends Over Half a Billion Pounds

LONDON, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

World's first peer-to-peer lender, Zopa, hits industry record by lending over £500m to UK consumers with 40% of its total lent in the last 12 months 

 

The UK's largest peer-to-peer lender, Zopa, has now lent over £500 million of consumer savings to UK borrowers since launching in 2005. The pioneering lending company has shown significant levels of growth by lending over £200 million (40% of total) in the last 12 months.

These record lending levels highlight how peer-to-peer lending is no longer an experiment but a reliable, trusted alternative for thousands of consumers to cut out the banks and get a better deal.

Zopa currently has 52,000 active savers lending on average £5,500. With the average saver aged 48, savers are fully embracing peer-to-peer lending as a predictable way to look after their financial futures. Interestingly, Zopa expects to hand back over £20m in interest from borrowers this year alone and has helped deliver £30m in interest since it launched.

Zopa is calling on thousands of consumers to ditch their underperforming ISAs and banks by embracing peer-to-peer lending to get a better rate on their savings.  Zopa now has savers lending amounts from £10 to £1.3 million but there is no maximum lending limit. By reaching £500m lent Zopa has proven that peer-to-peer lending is a trusted activity for savers.  Zopa has a default rate of just 0.17% on all money lent in the last three years - lower than any other bank or peer-to-peer lender.

With over 90,000 loans made in total Zopa has a total of 70,000 active borrowers. A significant 40% of all loans go towards cars and in 2013, £86m were car loans; £39m went towards home improvements and £36m helped people cut down existing debts. Surprisingly, 30% of Zopa borrowers pay their loans back early - benefiting from there being no early repayment penalties. The average borrower is 40 years old and typically borrows £7,500.

Giles Andrews, Zopa CEO and co-founder said, "Lending half a billion pounds of other people's money is a superb achievement for Zopa made possible only by our customers. Our mission is to deliver every saver and borrower in the UK better rates and service, as they deserve.  By cutting out the banks and offering returns of 5% (compared to bank savings rates typically under 1%) we are rewarding people for being sensible with their money. Even better to know is that with the protection of our Safeguard fund, no saver has lost money with Zopa. Our borrowers enjoy market-leading low-rate loans and award winning service. Lending the next £500m shouldn't take another nine years as we expect to reach £1bn lent in the next 12 months."

The UK's peer-to-peer lending industry is growing at a rapid rate as more savers and borrowers move away from banks. With regulation coming into effect on April 1st and ISA inclusion announced in the budget, Zopa is predicting a huge surge of new consumers and funding to accelerate this growth.

About Zopa 

Zopa is the UK's leading peer-to-peer lending company - bypassing banks and their high charges to put more back into the pockets of the UK's savers and borrowers. Zopa matches smart borrowers looking for lower-rate loans with savers looking for higher interest.  Since Zopa was founded in 2005, it has arranged more than £500 million in peer-to-peer loans and has been voted 'Most Trusted Personal Loan Provider' in the Moneywise Customer Service Awards for the past four years and Consumer Moneyfacts best overall customer service in 2014. Zopa has over 52,000 active savers lending between £10 and £1.3 million and has a lower default rate on loans than the banks at 0.17% for all money that has been lent in the last 3 years.


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of Soli...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IoT is going to be a huge industry with a lot of value for end users, for industries, for consumers, for manufacturers. How can we use cloud to effectively manage IoT applications," stated Ian Khan, Innovation & Marketing Manager at Solgeniakhela, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Join Impiger for their featured webinar: ‘Cloud Computing: A Roadmap to Modern Software Delivery’ on November 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm CST. Very few companies have not experienced some impact to their IT delivery due to the evolution of cloud computing. This webinar is not about deciding whether you should entertain moving some or all of your IT to the cloud, but rather, a detailed look under the hood to help IT professionals understand how cloud adoption has evolved and what trends will impact th...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
"Qosmos has launched L7Viewer, a network traffic analysis tool, so it analyzes all the traffic between the virtual machine and the data center and the virtual machine and the external world," stated Sebastien Synold, Product Line Manager at Qosmos, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We are a modern development application platform and we have a suite of products that allow you to application release automation, we do version control, and we do application life cycle management," explained Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...