A business leading the way in supporting providers of financial services with their digital transformation by simplifying the process of understanding the financial DNA of small businesses, has secured a £1million loan from the Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF).
Validis has created Software as a Service technology, ‘Datashare’, which connects to existing accounting platforms used by small businesses. This enables banks and accountants to automate the reporting and analysis of business financials, allowing them to improve the quality and speed of audits and intelligence of lending decisions for small business customers.
Validis has already achieved considerable growth and the £1million GLIF loan will be used to support an increase in headcount as well as further product development. The management team, led by Non-Executive Chairman, Don Robert, have considerable experience of the data market having all previously worked together at Experian.
Joel Curry, CEO of Validis, says: “We talked to a number of venture debt providers but we chose GLIF because they offered straightforward and transparent terms which were the best fit for our business. As we continue to develop our business it is comforting to know that we are working with a patient debt provider who will work with us and support us with our growth ambition. The whole process ran very smoothly and we are grateful for the support provided.”
With four of the ‘Big 5’ high street banks and all of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms already signed-up, Validis is primed for a period of substantial growth which will be supported by the 12 new staff members it is set to take on, thanks to the GLIF loan.
David Booth, Senior Fund Manager at The FSE Group, which manages GLIF Debt Fund on behalf of Funding London, comments: “We were hugely impressed by the Validis management team and the considerable commercial traction they have been able to demonstrate to date. The opportunity for growth in their chosen markets remains high and we are pleased to have been able to support their growth ambition.”
Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, CEO at Funding London, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Validis to the ‘Greater London Investment Fund‘. In these times of uncertainty, we are delighted Validis is providing a service beneficial to the ecosystem during these challenging times.”
GLIF is a £100m initiative to help address the SME finance gap in Greater London, promoting economic growth through enterprise and an inclusive and sustainable economy. £55m of debt funding is available, via loans between £100,000 and £1m, to early-stage and established SMEs looking to scale-up and realise their growth ambitions. GLIF is financed through the European Investment Bank (EIB), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), London Waste & recycling Board (LWARB) and Funding London’s Legacies.