James Meekings
UK Managing Director & Co-FounderFunding Circle
JJames 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 lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent $2.5 billion to 20,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (August 2016). In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 40,000 new jobs. Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including 50,000 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 ~$300 million from some of the world’s largest investors.