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Funding Circle US will 'cut out banks'

24 October 2013 Last updated at 11:28 BST

Funding Circle, a peer-to-peer lending company that helps small businesses that cannot, or do not want to get a loan from their banks, has been launched in America.

The UK alternative finance business will launch as Funding Circle US.

Funding Circle provides a direct link between investors and small businesses, who can borrow between £5,000 and £1m via the platform.

Samir Desai, co-founder and chief executive of Funding Circle, told the Today programme's business presenter that peer-to-peer lending is a way for small business to borrow money from lenders and "cuts out banks".

He explained peer-to-peer loans allow the lender to "spread the risk" by loaning small amounts of money to a large number of businesses.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 24 October 2013.