B-North raises £1m in ongoing Series A funding round
Prospective UK challenger bank B-North has raised £1 million in funding in cooperation with Growth Capital Ventures.
The injection is part of an ongoing £20 million Series A round designed to support the lending start-up’s banking licence application.
The Manchester-based firm has raised £6.9 million since its founding in December 2018. It aims to deliver loans of between £500,000 and £5 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
B-North operates “lending pods”, which include underwriters, valuers, and account managers, across UK regions.
Jonathan Thompson, B-North CEO, says this “bridge” round will extend the firm’s “cash runway” and help it complete the Series A. He anticipates that B-North will be ready to go to market at the end of the round.
He adds: “We are very much ready to go and are excited to get out there and start helping businesses realise their ambitions.”
Thompson told Fintech Futures his firm is the “antithesis to everyone set up in London”. He has previously compared big banks in the UK to department stores “generally okay at doing lots of things”.
B-North picked nCino and Mambu in September 2019 to power its core banking technology. It was a pioneer user of a co-created system from the two vendors.
Craig Peterson, co-founder and chief operating officer of GCV, says the raise is a “rare opportunity”.
He calls B-North a business about to create a “technology-driven UK bank focused on providing finance to scale-ups and SMEs”.