Strong lending growth continues throughout 2021 with the target of £500m in committed loan offers for 2021 expected to be exceeded – driven by a positive mix of unprecedented demand from brokers, as well as encouraging early take-up of its new direct-to-customer offering – against a backdrop of increasing confidence among SMEs
Introduction of new products and services in Allica’s lending portfolio, together with Allica’s entry into Scotland and the Healthcare market, further establishes its position as the breakthrough challenger bank for Britain’s established SMEs
Significant early-stage traction from initial pilot of its unique branchless relationship manager network, with the pipeline of active loan applications more than doubling each month since launch
Pace continues with the introduction of new propositions with Allica set to beta launch its innovative Business Rewards Account later this year
Allica’s expanding SME proposition is gaining significant recognition across the industry. As well as 97% of commercial mortgage brokers rating Allica’s service positively in the Bank’s broker survey, the Bank continues to win and be shortlisted for a range of high profile industry awards and accolades:
- Bridging and Commercial magazine named Allica ‘Commercial Lender of the Year’ in their 2021 awards
- Business MoneyFacts Awards rated Allica Highly Commended for:
- Best Business Fixed Account Provider
- Best Service from a Commercial Mortgage Provider
- Best SME Technology
- Head of Operations, Nicola Tunney was crowned ‘Team Leader of the Year’ at the Women in Credit Awards
- Shortlisted for five awards at the forthcoming NACFB 2021 Patron Awards, and defending three from 2020*
Strong early feedback on Allica’s new asset finance offering, with 86% of its brokers rating their experience as Very Good or Excellent. And shortlisted for New Entrant of the Year at the Leasing World Gold awards announced later this month
Chief Executive of Allica Bank, Richard Davies, commented:
“The year to date has seen Allica deliver an outstandingly strong performance in supporting Britain’s entrepreneurs and established SMEs throughout the continuing challenging environment.
“We have seen impressive growth across our lending products with a significant increase in SMEs choosing Allica as their lender of choice. We’re expecting to exceed our target of £500 million in committed loan offers in 2021. The investment we have made developing our relationships with SMEs and our brokers is proving highly successful, together with the ongoing programme of digital and operational efficiencies.
“Our drive and focus on helping SMEs to access the finance they need to strengthen and scale their business continues at pace, not least with the extension of our maximum loan size, our recent entry into Scotland and launch of our Healthcare sector offering.
“Looking ahead, we will continue to leverage our excellent technology capability alongside unsurpassed personal service to further cement our position as the leading SME challenger bank for the decade ahead. We are excited about our innovative and ambitious roadmap, including the upcoming launch of our Business Rewards Account which will shortly move into customer beta.
“We are particularly encouraged by emerging trends we are seeing in the SME market, including increasing signs of confidence to accelerate growth in their business – even amongst those sectors hardest hit such as the leisure and licensed industries – and brokers responding to this with the expansion of their lending panels to explore alternative lending solutions.
“With over £0.6 billion of committed loans already extended to SMEs since we first opened our doors in March 2020, we remain laser focused on growing this to multiple billions over the coming years as we seek to support the underserved and overlooked SMEs across the UK.”