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Zopa to launch a bank
The world's first peer-to-peer lending platform - Zopa - is planning on launching a bank in 2018. Zopa has come full circle, having started in 2005 as an alternative to banks, and it is now launching its own bank, in addition to its current peer-to-peer platform. The Zopa bank will offer FSCS protected deposit accounts and overdraft "alternatives" to borrowers.
Jaidev Janardana, CEO of Zopa said:
“We launched in 2005 to create a richer life for everyone by making money simple and fair. We have lent over £1.8bn and inspired a £100bn global industry. We have built a profitable, scalable and viable business. Yet we’ve only just begun. We want to launch a next generation bank to drive greater choice for borrowers, savers and investors, which is good for consumers and good for the economy”
“We are uniquely placed to re-define customer expectations of what a bank should deliver in the 21st century. Over the last 11 years we have delivered great value to borrowers and investors whilst prudently managing credit risk. Combining our pioneering data and tech-led culture with an obsession with fairness and customer experience, we are best placed to shape the future of personal finance in the UK.”
Below is a copy of the email sent to lenders:
I wanted to write to you, on behalf of everyone at Zopa, to share some important news.
We launched Zopa in 2005 to create a richer life for everyone by making money simple and fair. Since then, we have lent over £1.8bn, inspired a £100bn global industry and helped our lenders earn over £75m of interest. We have built a profitable, scalable and viable business. Yet we’ve only just begun.
We want to offer consumers even more choice, which is why, subject to regulatory approval, we are planning to launch a next generation bank to complement our existing peer-to-peer products.
We will continue to offer our peer-to-peer investment products.
Launching a bank, to sit alongside our existing peer-to-peer business, will allow us to create new and innovative savings and borrowing products. At launch, Zopa will offer FSCS protected deposit accounts to savers and overdraft alternatives to borrowers.
As an existing Zopa customer, we will give you the first opportunity to try out our new products. We will also actively welcome your input as we shape them.
The application process should take about 15-24 months, and we will keep you updated when we have news to share.
We believe we are uniquely placed to re-define what you should be able to expect from personal finance products in the 21st century.
Over the last 11 years, we have built an innovative, profitable and well-managed business. We have proven that we can deliver great value to borrowers and investors whilst prudently managing credit risk.
We know how to originate quality loans seamlessly online and meet our risk expectations. No new bank has that track record, and no incumbent bank has the digital expertise that we do.
We put our customers at the heart of all our decisions and obsess over how we can use technology to offer you simple, smart choices. We are looking forward to offering more products to even more people in the UK.
For now, thank you for investing through Zopa. I look forward to sharing this exciting journey towards the next generation banking we all deserve.
Zopa have also published a press release.