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Assetz Capital secures additional £25m from British Business Investments

Press release 28 October 2020

British Business Investments (BBI), a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, has committed an additional £25m to Assetz Capital, the property-focused marketplace lender, in a boost to UK housebuilders and SMEs.

The additional funding is to deliver loans to SMEs under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and is further to an initial £15m commitment in March. The new commitment takes total funding from British Business Investments to date to £40m. For Assetz Capital’s CBILS lending, Aros Kapital, the Nordic financing provider, is also participating and will be increasing its existing commitment.

Delivered through British Business Bank accredited lenders, CBILS is designed to support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak. As an accredited CBILS lender, Assetz Capital is delivering commercial mortgages and property development loans to eligible SMEs and housebuilders under the scheme.

The £25m commitment from British Business Investments for this CBILS focused strategy, will help Assetz Capital fund property-secured loans to SMEs that require financial support due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The existing £15m funding from British Business Investments has already contributed to supporting in excess of £85 million of new lending to smaller businesses, including helping to fund the development of nearly 600 new homes across the UK by SME housebuilders.

We are pleased to have secured this additional funding commitment from BBI which will make a real difference to smaller housebuilders and SMEs across the UK. The institutional funding lines that we’ve put in place to deliver CBILS, and beyond, are significant, and is an indication of our ambitions to scale up lending to sustainable businesses, even through this difficult period. The future of the country depends upon the majority of our nation’s businesses surviving the COVID-19 impact and hence protecting the bulk of the UK’s employment. SMEs employ 60% of all private sector workers and the role of alternative finance in supporting those businesses and jobs has never been more critical. Rishi Sunak and the British Business Bank’s support for SMEs through backing of the alternative finance industry has been incredibly important. The roll-out of CBILS approved lending beyond the big banks into the established alternative lenders like ourselves is a game changer for the breadth of economic support the country can receive in this and future crises. Stuart Law CEO at Assetz Capital
It’s great to hear that the initial £15m commitment from British Business Investments has already supported the development of 600 new homes across the UK. This additional commitment of £25m to Assetz Capital supports our objective to increase the diversity and supply of finance for smaller businesses across the UK, whilst also providing much needed support to smaller housebuilders who have been impacted by the current crisis. Judith Hartley CEO, British Business Investments

Assetz Capital has lent over £1 billion since its inception in 2013 and funded around 1 in every 100 new homes for the last two years and around 1 in 12 of all homes built by SME housebuilders.

Notes to editors

About British Business Investments

British Business Investments is the trading name of British Business Investments Ltd, a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK government’s economic development bank. It forms part of the British Business Bank’s commercial arm.

British Business Investments aims to earn a commercial return by investing – through finance providers – in smaller businesses and small mid-caps, pursuing investments on a fully commercial basis without receiving any economic advantage from the government. Find out more at

British Business Bank plc and its subsidiary entities are not banking institutions and do not operate as such. Neither British Business Bank nor its principal operating subsidiaries are authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). A complete legal structure chart for British Business Bank plc and its subsidiaries can be found on the British Business Bank plc website.

The funding from British Business Investments to Assetz Capital does not amount to any endorsement or warranty from British Business Investments, the British Business Bank plc, or the government of the UK.