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Zopa Limited
IndustryPeer-to-peer lending
FoundedMarch 2005; 14 years ago (2005-03)[1][2]
FoundersGiles Andrews
James Alexander
Richard Duvall
David Nicholson
Tim Parlett
HeadquartersCottons Centre, ,
Key people
Jaidev Janardana(CEO)[3]
ProductsP2P lending[4]

Zopa is a UK based peer-to-peer lending company founded in 2004[5] which has a banking licence[6]. It launched in the UK in March 2005.[7] Zopa was the first peer-to-peer lending company.[8]


Zopa was launched in the UK in March 2005.[9] It was founded in Buckinghamshire in 2004 by a team from the internet banking company Egg Banking.[10][11]

Zopa grew steadily[12] in the years prior to the financial crisis of 2007–2008. It navigated the period with no losses to investors' capital and only a small dip in returns during 2008.[13]

In September 2016, the first portfolio of Zopa loans was securitised on the European markets.[14]

In November 2016, Zopa announced that it would apply for a banking license [15] in order to offer customers a broader set of personal finance products.[16]

In January 2017, Zopa became the first UK based peer-to-peer lending company to lend more than £2 billion worth of loans.[17] Zopa became fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2017.[18][19] Following FCA authorisation, and HMRC approval as an Individual Savings Account (ISA) manager, Zopa started offering its Innovative Finance ISA products in June 2017.[20]

Products and services[edit]

Business Model[edit]

Peer-to-peer lending

Zopa enables investors to lend to UK consumers directly through its peer-to-peer lending platform.[21]

Borrowers can take out loans between £1,000 and £25,000.[22] Typically individuals use these to funds to help buy a car, consolidate debts, cover home improvements or weddings.[2]

Investors can choose from four investment products[23] based on their risk and return appetite. Investors’ money is split across multiple borrowers.[24] Investors then receive monthly repayments of interest and capital, which they can relend to compound the interest.

Bank launch[edit]

In November 2016, Zopa announced its intention to apply for a banking license so it could expand the range of financial products it offers to UK consumers.[25]

Zopa’s bank is scheduled to launch in 2019 and will sit alongside its peer-to-peer lending business. Zopa plans to offer FSCS protected deposit accounts, credit cards,[26] and a money management app which makes use of data made available by the introduction of Open Banking.[27] As per August 2018, Zopa scooped £44 million in funding for the launch of its new digital challenger bank.[28]

In December 2018 the company was awarded with licences from UK financial regulators, the FCA and PRA.[6]

Corporate identity[edit]


The company's main office is currently based at London Bridge[29]

Zopa also has a Development Centre in Barcelona, Spain. The centre has been running since 2017.[30]


Zopa etymology[edit]

Its name stands for "Zone of possible agreement", a negotiating term identifying the bounds within which agreement can be reached between two parties.

See also[edit]


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  20. ^ Suter, Laura (2017-05-26). "Zopa Isa offering up to 6.1pc finally available". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
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  28. ^ "Digital Bank: Zopa Raises £44 Million to Help Fuel Expansion, "Launching Our Bank is a Key Next Step" | Crowdfund Insider". Crowdfund Insider. 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
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