Take part in the FCA’s national survey to review crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending regulation and help shape the industry.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is currently undergoing a review of crowdfunding regulation in the UK. In support of this, the FCA has commissioned the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) to carry out a research programme to provide unbiased, data-driven feedback on the current state of play for the industry and highlight how the sector has developed since the inception of regulation in 2014.

With the help of 25 leading online alternative finance platforms, the CCAF would like to invite investors and fundraisers who currently use crowdfunding or peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms to participate in study by completing one of the following surveys. This is a great opportunity to help shape the industry you have helped develop.

Make your voice heard

All surveys are completely anonymous and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The findings from the survey will be published in the 2017 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report, which will be distributed freely to the public, policy-makers and regulators.

The CCAF has developed five surveys, each focused on a different type of alternative finance activity, for investors and lenders in UK-based online alternative finance platforms. With an ever-evolving alternative finance landscape, it is important for policy-makers and regulators to understand how individuals like yourself use these models. These surveys focus on how individuals make investment decisions when using a crowdfunding or P2P lending platform, and how investor behaviour has shaped the sector. By participating in this survey, you are ensuring that the regulator hears how you perceive this sector and, more importantly, how you use these platforms when making an investment.

Participate in the study as an investor

Participate in the study as a fundraiser

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The CCAF is a research centre dedicated to the study of alternative financial instruments and channels that emerge outside of the traditional banking and capital markets system. To date the CCAF has published eight influential crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industry reports, gathering empirical data from 1,200 platforms, covering more than 100 countries. This study builds upon the success of the CCAF’s previous annual UK Alternative Finance Industry Report: Pushing Boundaries, which highlighted the size and growth of the UK’s alternative finance industry and focused upon key market trends. This report received world-wide mainstream media attention and informed evidence-based policy-making and regulation across the UK.

A major component of this research is to understand how key stakeholders utilise alternative finance platforms, and how their activity and behaviour has shaped the quickly-evolving crowdfunding and P2P lending landscape. To this end, the CCAF has invited SyndicateRoom members to participate in this research programme, to ensure that the activities and perspectives of key stakeholders are captured and represented in the feedback to the FCA.