Aire, a credit scoring startup has confirmed authorisation with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  The company also announced that it raised a further $2 million in funding earlier this year led by White Star Capital alongside Sunstone Capital and Accion Venture Lab. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Aneesh Varma said: “It’s a huge step for us and also for…

Leigh Berkley, President of the Credit Services Association (CSA), has been elected to the Board and appointed Vice President of the Federation of European National Collection Associations (FENCA), an umbrella body that serves to promote and develop European best practice, standards and legislation within the European debt collection industry. This strategic re-positioning at the top…

Consumer credit has grown by 6.4% over the year to August, the fastest rate of growth for nearly 10 years according to the latest British Banker Association (BBA) statistics. It is thought the increase has been driven by ultra-low interest rates, people are borrowing more on credit cards and through loans and overdrafts. The number of…

PRA Group has announced its UK business has received full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tiku Patel, Chief Executive Officer of PRA Group Europe said “The FCA approval process requires very high standards of conduct and customer treatment and we are delighted to have received full authorization. Delivering fair customer outcomes is at the…

Customers who make a complaint are less satisfied with how their supplier handles it compared to two years ago, according to Ofgem’s biennial complaints survey. Ofgem commissions a survey every two years which compares how suppliers deal with their domestic and micro-business customers’ complaints. Since complainants were last surveyed in 2014, the total number of…

Arrow Global Group PLC (“Arrow Global” or the “Group”) has agreed terms to take ownership of an additional specialist servicing capability and enter into a five-year servicing agreement in the Netherlands. As part of the investment, it will also co-invest in a secured loan portfolio with a face value of circa €1.7 billion (circa 9,300…

PayPlan has announced that it has received full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Rachel Duffey, CEO of PayPlan said “Today’s news confirms our status as a recognised leader in the debt advice field. The staff have worked very hard in creating a culture where the client always comes first and the FCA authorisation is a…

Ofgem has published proposals to cap charges for installing prepayment meters under warrant. An option in the consultation includes placing a firm limit on charges of £100 or £150. The proposals also include plans to ban prepayment meters warrant installation charges for the most vulnerable customers. When customers fall in debt, one option is for…

The European Central Bank (ECB) will allow European banks to set their own targets for cutting the €900 billion of bad loans left over from the financial crisis. New guidance will require banks to set their own targets for the levels on non-performing loans (NPL), with only “significant” deviations triggering regulatory action. Sharon Donnery, the Irish…