What is LendingCrowd?

LendingCrowd connects vibrant and growing British SMEs seeking business loans with investors. Offering businesses keener loan rates and investors attractive interest rates*.

About Edinburgh Alternative Finance

Founded in 2014 Edinburgh Alternative Finance (EAF) was developed out of the frustration felt by SMEs in finding finance and the low rate of returns for investors. Seeing an opportunity to match both SMEs and investors Edinburgh Alternative Finance developed their first product, LendingCrowd. LendingCrowd has quickly become a leader in the Scottish market and is now rapidly increasing its presence across the UK. Key to its success is a focus on robust credit processes, transparency and customer service.

Bill Dobbie

Bill Dobbie


Bill is an experienced entrepreneur and director specialising in internet, telecoms and technology businesses. He has led a number of successful private equity-funded businesses, including a 7-year spell at iomart PLC (IOM), spanning founder to non-exec positions before setting up DVDs365.com (subsequently sold to Lovefilm) and Cupid PLC, an AIM-listed online dating company which he co-founded. Bill is also an investor in number of Internet businesses. 

He has been a Director of Demon Internet, Prestel, Teledata, Scottish Telecom (Thus), iomart, DVDs365 and several other companies. Bill is currently a non-executive director of Maxymiser Inc., Logicalware Ltd, Tag-Games Ltd and Occa-Home Ltd.

Bill has an Honours degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of St.Andrews, and an MBA from the University of Glasgow.

Stuart Lunn


Stuart Lunn is a highly experienced equity analyst, covering the UK technology sector working for a number of top firms in the City of London, including Collins Stewart and Cenkos. Stuart advised a broad range of companies, including those in the Internet, software, hardware and telecoms sectors and was also involved in a number of fundraisings on the AIM market, including those for Bango, Cupid and Computer Software Group.

An investor in a number of early-mid stage technology and Internet companies, he also serves as a consultant to an internationally recognised niche technology company that specialises in advanced optimising technologies, compilers and programmable graphics.

Stuart has an Honours degree in Economics and Management from the University of Aberdeen, and a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Strathclyde.