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Understanding Private Credit Investments


In recent years, the quest for alternative investment opportunities has led many to discover the world of private credit. But what exactly are private credit investments, and how do they play a pivotal role in driving economic growth, especially in regional UK? In this blog, we explain private credit and its significance for both investors and business borrowers.

What is Private Credit?

Private credit refers to loans provided by non-bank institutions or investors to fund businesses. It is also known as private debt, direct lending, alternative lending, or private lending.

Unlike public debt, which is traded on open markets, private credit arrangements are directly negotiated between borrowers and lenders, often tailored to meet the unique needs of each party.

The appeal of private credit has surged in the post-financial crisis era, as tighter banking regulations have made traditional bank lending more restrictive. This shift has opened a gateway for non-traditional lenders such as FOLK2FOLK to fill the gap, offering more accessible, innovative, and often more flexible financing solutions for businesses.

Advantages of Private Credit

For business Borrowers:

  • Flexibility: Private credit agreements can be highly customised to suit the specific needs and repayment abilities of borrowers.
  • Speed: The decision-making and funds disbursement processes are typically faster than traditional bank lending.
  • Access: Especially beneficial for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or business projects that may not meet the strict criteria of traditional banks.

For Investors:

  • Attractive Returns: Private credit investments often offers higher yields compared to traditional fixed-income investments.
  • Risk Mitigation: Loans are secured against assets, such as a first charge over UK property in the case of FOLK2FOLK, offering a layer of protection against default.
  • Impact: Investors know their investments are making an impact, supporting local businesses, and contributing to the regional economy.

Private Credit Investments from FOLK2FOLK

At FOLK2FOLK, we specialise in facilitating private credit investment opportunities that are financially rewarding for investors while helping to level the playing field for underserved regional businesses.

By connecting investors with local businesses seeking finance through private credit, we aim to:

  • Stimulate Local Economies: By providing business loans from £100k, we enable SMEs to start, grow, or diversify. Many of these loans have flow on benefits create or sustain jobs, support local supply chains, and enhance community services and infrastructure. We coined the term FOLKONOMICS™ to describe this.
  • Offer Secure Investment Opportunities: Our investors enjoy attractive, fixed-rate, property-secured returns, and the great feeling that their investment is contributing to economic growth.
  • Ensure Flexible Financing: We understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Our approach to private credit is flexible to the business needs of our borrowers, ensuring a fast, flexible, and friendly lending process.

Private credit is a crucial tool for unlocking business potential and building resilient economies. At FOLK2FOLK we’re proud to be providing a pathway to prosperity for both investors and borrowers across regional UK.

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