Following the Government's announcement of the introduction of the Funding for Lending Scheme which has been welcomed by Phillip Monks, Aldermore's CEO, John Baines added to the debate this afternoon whereby he said:
"I would expect to see lending volumes rise as a result of the FLS, as it will improve liquidity in the market.
"As a challenger bank that champions SMEs, Aldermore welcomes the FLS as the FLS is a more effective and simpler scheme than the NLGS. It's more promising in terms of sorting out the issues in our economy because it should boost liquidity and therefore the volume of lending.
"SMEs don't particularly care about 1 percentage point of cost here and there - they just want the money to be lent out. This Scheme incentivises the banks to do that.
In conclusion, John Baines added: "Aldermore would expect to receive its first draw downs by the end of September, beginning of October", signalling Aldermore's intention to participate in this Scheme.
Aldermore is a new British bank and one of the best capitalised banks in the UK. With backing provided by AnaCap and Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Morgan Stanley's Private Equity Fund of Funds business and new investment from the consortium of funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Honeywell Capital Management and the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Aldermore raises deposits from consumers and lends to homeowners and small and medium sized businesses.
As a British bank, Aldermore is regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is registered under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which means customers' savings are protected up to the statutory limit of £85,000 per person. Aldermore is also a member of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Aldermore markets its lending products via professional financial advisers and specialist commercial finance brokers located throughout England and Wales.
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