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March 9, 2021

Allica Bank issues £71m in loans in its first year of lending to UK SMEs

By Alejandro Gonzalez

UK SME lender and asset finance provider Allica Bank, which first opened its doors amid the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, has financed businesses to the tune of £71m in completed loans and a further c.£120m of committed lending offers, the bank said.

Approximately 85% of this lending is to businesses outside of London, it said in a statement.

The bank is on track to complete as much lending in the first quarter of 2021, as in the whole of 2020 and it will make over £500m in committed lending offers in 2021, it added.

Richard Davies, chief executive of Allica Bank, said: “We have seen phenomenal growth across our lending products, especially commercial mortgages, with a significant increase in SMEs and brokers selecting Allica Bank as their lender of choice.

“Whilst the majority of attention in the market has been on the Covid lending schemes, we have seen high demand for regular lending from established SMEs – and we expect this trend to continue to increase.

“Allica Bank’s most recent broker survey found 93% of brokers fear a lack of commercial mortgage availability this year, and some 82% of brokers have seen a reduction in the supply for finance from business lenders since the start of the pandemic, with more than half describing it as ‘significant’.”

“We continue to drive efficiencies and enhanced service to customers through optimising our modern technology infrastructure, with loan applications consistently processed within 24 hours.

“As focus shifts to the recovery, Allica Bank is extremely well-positioned to help brokers and Britain’s community of established SMEs strengthen and scale their businesses. In 2021 we will continue to develop our products and services, including investing in our new national relationship manager network and building on the recent launch of our asset finance proposition.

“We remain intensely focused on our ambition to reimagine local relationship banking for SMEs, combining our leading technology capability with excellent personal service and re-doubling our efforts and ability to become banking partner of choice to Britain’s SMEs and brokers.”

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