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Featured article

Business lending on the rise
Findings from a recent survey into SME funding - a wide range of finance sources are being used, with peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding becoming increasingly important.

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Featured book

Crowdfunding: a guide to raising capital on the internet
(Wiley, 2014)
Covers the business of crowdfunding, preparing a crowdfunding campaign, and the framework of global regulations.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Being the 'tipping point' boosts donations

New research has found that making someone a "tipping point" makes them more likely than others to give to charity.

Taking digital marketing to a whole new horizon

The article offers the insight of Matthew Barker, chief executive of digital marketing specialist I&I Travel Media, regarding the use of digital marketing by travel agents and operators to attract potential customers online. Topics include the launch of a series of independent digital guidebooks called Horizon Guides, the need to integrate Facebook advertising, Gmail advertisements, and retargeting in the travel industry, and the Horizon Guides crowdfunding campaign.

Listen to the crowd

Discusses the growth of the alternative finance market in Great Britain.

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Useful links

Financial Conduct Authority

Information aimed at consumers and businesses on which types of crowdfunding are regulated, how crowdfunding works, the benefits, and the risks of loan-based and investment-based crowdfunding. Includes links to FCA policy statements and feedback on consultations.

Loan-based (peer-to-peer) and investment-based crowdfunding platforms: Feedback to CP18/20 and final rules
Policy statement PS19/14 published in June 2019 explaining changes for P2P platforms, next steps regarding investment-based crowdfunding platforms, and proposals for P2P platforms for mortgages and home finance.

The FCA's regulatory approach to crowdfunding over the internet (and similar activities)
A policy statement (PS14/4) setting out the FCA rules on crowdfunding. The rules came into force on 1 April 2014.

A review of the regulatory regime for crowdfunding and the promotion of non-readily realisable securities by other media
This review looks at the implementation of the FCA's crowdfunding rules a year after their introduction. In December 2016 the FCA published interim feedback following a call for input to the post-implementation review.


UK Crowdfunding Association
Formed in 2012, the UKCFA aims to be the voice of all crowdfunding businesses in the UK and promote crowdfunding as a valuable way to raise funds. All members of UKCFA must adhere to its Code of conduct.


NESTA: Crowdfunding
The research foundation NESTA is making a close examination of the crowdfunding landscape.

The Global Alternative Finance Market Benchmarking Report
Published in 2020 by Cambridge Judge Business School and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. This report consolidates data from the CCAF's 2018 global survey highlighting trends, opportunities and challenges for lending, equity and non-investment alternative finance models.

The Fifth UK Alternative Finance Industry Report
Published in 2018 by Cambridge Judge Business School and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. This detailed report tracks and benchmarks crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance in the UK.

European Commission
A collection of policy and research documents on crowdfunding in Europe, including information on the Regulation on European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for business.

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