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Paragon Bank lifts half-year SME lending by 16.9%

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Paragon Bank’s SME Lending division grew new lending by 16.9% during the first half of its financial year compared to the same period last year.

The division, which conducts asset-based and invoice finance, as well loans to professional services firms, lent £181.8 million to UK SMEs in the six months to the end of March, compared to £155.5 million in the same period in 2021.

The period saw a particularly strong increase in lending to professional services firms, with the £57.1 million lent to firms and partners approximately double that of the previous year.

Paragon’s SME Lending loan book finished the period at £638.9 million, compared to £571.8 million the year before.

A highlight of the half year was the launch of the SME Lending Broker Portal, which enables brokers to upload applications and receive rapid feedback on the progress of the potential loan. Approximately 60% of standard SME loan applications are now being received through the portal.

Total lending across Paragon Banking Group’s divisions increased by 32.2% compared to the same period last year to £1.49 billion. Pre-tax profits at the company increased 49% to £143.6 million.

John Phillipou, Paragon’s SME Lending Managing Director, said: “We are starting to see more’ business as usual’ type lending in the SME market, rather than lending backed by the Government Covid-related Guarantee schemes, which is a positive sign of normality. SMEs are contending with a range of issues, but they continue to invest in their business as they seek to grow.”

He added: “Our Broker Portal is gaining momentum after a soft launch and I’m pleased with the progress we are making, offering our intermediaries an enhanced digital experience supplemented by the experience and expertise of our support term.”

Paragon Banking Group’s half-year results statement can be viewed here.

 

For further information contact:

Michael Clarke
Head of Media Relations
Tel: 07740090746

www.paragonbank.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Paragon Bank PLC a subsidiary of the Paragon Banking Group PLC which is a FTSE 250 company based in Solihull in the West Midlands. Established in 1985, Paragon Banking Group PLC has over £13 billion of assets under management and manages over 450,000 customer accounts.

Paragon Bank PLC is authorised and regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered in England number 05390593. Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3QJ. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the firm reference number 604551.