Aldermore has always been a strong supporter of the FLS and in the fourth quarter of 2012 was the 6th largest net lender of all FLS participants. Aldermore's use of the FLS has allowed the Bank to expand SME lending, with 75% of total FLS lending being directed towards SMEs. The UK economy needs banks that are willing to lend and for a bank that only started operating in 2009, having one of the highest net lending figures is testament to Aldermore's commitment to supporting British SMEs and households. Aldermore's mission is to get much needed funding to where it is needed - and is doing just that by increasing lending at a time when the largest UK banks are dramatically scaling back. Aldermore's total SME lending is currently £1.2 billion. **Ends** For further information about Aldermore, our financial backers and our PR contacts, please review our Notes to Editors page.