In The Hall of Fame ... for starting the ball rolling in 2004
The first UK lender of its kind, and the pioneer of the peer-to-peer industry, Zopa launched in 2004 with the idea of creating the ‘e-bay for money’. To date, the P2P pioneer’s total lending exceeds £1.3bn, with £530m lent in 2015 alone, double the total of 2014.
Zopa has lent $3.6m to UK borrowers, lending $996m in the past year. It has over 60,000 active individual investors (average amount lent: £13,000) and over 311,000 borrowers, borrowing on average £7,700. Zopa is one of the three initial members of the UK's Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, together with FundingCircle and RateSetter.