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London Technology Business Secures GLIF Funding to Support Growth

A London based technology business has secured a £500,000 loan from the Greater London Investment Fund to support its ambitious growth plans.

The funding will enable talent technology company Distributed to continue on its already established high-growth trajectory, despite the extensive impact of Covid-19 on the wider business community. The funding is being used to finance additional jobs, with the business rolling out a plan to recruit 20 new staff at its London base.

Distributed has built a process and platform which allows a business to work with the world’s best IT workforce as easily as it could with a local contractor. Its Elastic Teams model provides a solution that delivers fast, consistent, high-quality project delivery whilst giving developers democratic access to work, wherever they are based. 

Callum Adamson, Distributed’s CEO and Co-founder, said: “The pandemic has brought a recognition that geographical boundaries are increasingly irrelevant when recruiting the best talent. With a product already built on this premise, we were confident that we could not only survive, but thrive at a time when Covid-19 was having widespread consequences across the business landscape. With access to finance remaining challenging in the current climate, we are grateful to FSE for seeing the bigger picture and providing funding, which has enabled us to continue our growth uninterrupted.”

Marco Cerrone, Investment Manager at The FSE Group, which manages the £55 million GLIF debt fund on behalf of Funding London, added: “Distributed is already a strong early-stage business with significant potential, as demonstrated by a series of successful equity raises and established partnerships with private and institutional investors. The impact of Covid-19 demanded a combination of debt and equity finance to provide the flexibility needed for the business to stay on track. We are delighted to be supporting this sector-disrupting business that is leading the way in talent management.”

Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, CEO at Funding London, commented: “Despite unfavourable circumstance caused by the global pandemic, Distributed grew an impressive fivefold in 2020. We are excited to support their team expansion as they continue to provide the process and platform which enables companies to work with world’s best IT talent.”

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.