Folk2Folk sees profits boosted by Covid-19 for another year

By Aisling Finn on Thursday 2 September 2021

Alternative Lending

The alternative lender is also on track to hit £500m lent out to SMEs.

Folk2Folk sees profits boosted by Covid-19 for another year
Image source: Roy Warren/Folk2Folk

 

In a year when a lot of businesses have needed a helping hand, alternative lenders have thrived and Folk2Folk’s story is no different.

The regional alternative lender looks to be on track to double its profits this year, posting a pre-tax profit of £943,000 in the first half of this year, nearly the same amount it made throughout the whole of last year.

In 2020, Folk2Folk saw its profits soar to £1.1m, after first hitting profitability back in 2019, posting a profit of £198,000.

Folk2Folk revealed its bumper profits in its unaudited accounts for the period February to July 2021.

“We’ve had a tremendous year so far, with the first half delivering a profit not far off that for the full year last year.  A big contributor to these results has been a strong summer,” Roy Warren, Folk2Folk Managing Director, said.

“Traditionally summer is notoriously low performing, but we’ve had a terrific few months helping lots of businesses get the funds they need, and August is set to be our second biggest month of 2021 with about £12m in loans.”

To date, the regional lender has dished out more than £460m to local SMEs and is rapidly approaching the half a billion milestone.

Watch more: Alternative Lenders and the Post Pandemic Recovery

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