The Mercury



FINANCIAL comparison website Fincheck said yesterday that it had taken over the full management and equity in FundingHub, making it South Africa’s biggest such site and the largest lead aggregator having signed on 71 banks, lenders and insurers. FundingHub offers 30 alternativ­e lenders and banks able to meet the needs of South African SMEs looking for finance to grow their businesses. The business started two years ago and has attracted average loan sizes of R300 000, with the largest loan being R72 million. SMEs that apply for funding on the online hub must have been in business for at least 12 months, with R1m annual turnover. “FundingHub allows SMEs to apply in under six minutes for business finance, comparing multiple accredited finance providers and to make the most appropriat­e choice based on their business needs,” Fincheck chief executive Michael Bowren said. He added that many different forms of finance were available to small and medium enterprise­s, making it difficult for them to choose which lender was best suited to their business needs. “For instance, a business might not know whether it needs equipment finance, unsecured or secured term loans, overdrafts, lines of credit, debtor finance, merchant cash advances or credit cards,” said Bowren. “Free-touse and independen­t FundingHub makes this really simple by filtering options and offering quotes from the most appropriat­e funders for their business.” Fincheck is a gold member of AlphaCode, which is Rand Merchant Investment Holdings’s incubation, accelerati­on and investment vehicle for early-stage businesses that can disrupt the financial services industry. “Business finance has come a long way since the days when SMEs had to approach their business bank manager, who didn’t know their business, who wanted a lot of informatio­n and then would take five months to revert with a no,” head of AlphaCode, Dominique Collett, said. “Many of the fintechs on the FundingHub platform can put money in a business account in 24 hours.” Fincheck would continue its core offering for consumers to compare business finance and insurance, personal finance, life insurance, funeral cover and vehicle finance. | African News Agency (ANA)

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