BondMason

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BondMason Group Limited
Private
IndustryFinancial services
Founded2013 (2013)
FounderStephen Findlay
Headquarters,
ProductsFinancial Services Direct lending
Number of employees
18
Websitewww.bondmason.com

BondMason is a direct lending (including peer-to-peer lending) investment manager based in Harpenden, England.[1]

History[edit]

BondMason was founded in 2013 [2] by Stephen Findlay an accountant with a background in private equity who previously worked at Fidelity Equity Partner[3] and was one of the first companies accepted onto the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) Innovation Hub programme.[4]

The platform officially launched in October 2015.[5]

In 2016, BondMason completed an equity funding round led by Par Equity, a venture capital firm based in Edinburgh, Scotland.[6] In March 2018, the company secured £1.85 million in another funding round led by Seneca Partners and Par Equity.[7]

Business Model and Activities[edit]

BondMason enables clients to access returns from direct lending, mostly loans secured against UK property. Investment services that it offers include bonds and investment funds.

The company also produces proprietary research into direct lending market trends,[8][9] including identifying the market size and growth in peer-to-peer lending in the UK from £2.3bn in 2015[10] to £3.2bn in 2016.[11]

Social Impact[edit]

BondMason is a socially conscious organisation and invests in micro lending initiatives to empower individuals and companies in developing regions globally.[12] BondMason is also a supporter of flexible working practices and over half of its team comprises parents that are returning to the workforce on a flexible basis, many of whom after taking career breaks to raise their children.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BONDMASON GROUP LTD".
  2. ^ "WebCheck". Companies House. Companies House.
  3. ^ "Fidelity's snap happy £33m deal".
  4. ^ "Selling large corporate bonds via a P2P approach".
  5. ^ "P2P Asset Manager BondMason Launches".
  6. ^ "Par Equity BondMason".
  7. ^ "BondMason Secures £1.85 Million Through Latest Funding Round to Drive Growth".
  8. ^ "BondMason Reports P2P Lending Doubled to £2.3bn in 2015; Offers Up 3 Predictions for 2016". Crowdfund Insider. 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Market Report - Direct Lending in the UK". BondMason.
  10. ^ "Lending Club Scandal Provokes Major UK 'Peer-To-Peer' Investigation". Forbes. 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Peer to peer benefits from flight to quality". Wealth Adviser. 8 February 2017.
  12. ^ "BondMason Foundation and micro-lending: loans that change lives". BondMason.
  13. ^ "BondMason About Us". BondMason.

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