Starling Bank, the U.K.-based opposition bank established by banking veteran Anne Boden, has raised an additional ₤ 40 million in financing, TechCrunch has actually discovered. The round is led by existing backers, Harry McPike’s JTC and Merian Chrysalis Investment Firm Limited, and contributes to the ₤ 60 million raised in February this year. Now boasting 1.4 million accounts, consisting of 155,000 business accounts, Starling Bank has raised a total of ₤ 363 million given that its launch in 2014. Noteworthy, I’m informed that its deposit base has actually doubled in the last 6 months and it now holds more than ₤ 2.4 billion in deposits.

“This extra funding from our existing investors shows their dedication both to Starling and to our small business and individual customers who need our assistance now more than ever,” stated Starling’s Anne Boden in a declaration confirming the fundraise.

I understand the new financing will allow the bank to continue buying growth, and, more particularly, to offer “much-needed support to small business clients who have been struck by the coronavirus emergency situation”.

This has actually seen it work together with the U.K. government to increase lending to SMEs as part of the nation’s various coronavirus crisis business support bundles, including ₤ 300 million under the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Plan (CBILS) and direct to its consumers under its own CBIL and Get Better Loan Plans.

To that end, because releasing SME accounts in March 2018 and protecting ₤ 100 million in state help through the Capability and Innovation Fund (CIF), organisation banking has actually ended up being a huge bet for Starling. It seems beginning to settle, too, with the bank now declaring to hold a 2.6% share of the U.K.’s SME banking market, with nearly ₤ 500 million of SME loaning presently on its balance sheet.

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