Zopa was featured extensively in the press in 2015, starting with a look at our results in The Telegraph in January: ‘Peer-to-peer lender Zopa sales leap as industry eyes challenge to banks’.
In February, Zopa’s co-founder and executive chairman, Giles Andrews, was profiled in The Times, in a piece entitled ‘Learning to live with peer-to-peer pressure’.
Ten years of Zopa
‘Happy Birthday Zopa, The Inventor of P2P’, wrote Forbes in March this year as Zopa celebrated its tenth birthday. CityAM also covered the story with ‘Born in a barn, peer-to-peer lender Zopa is about to break £1bn in loans’, and The Independent took an industry-wide view with ‘How peer-to-peer finance is blossoming into a multi-billion pound industry’.
Partnering with Uber and Metro Bank
May’s partnership news was featured widely. ‘Uber teams up with peer-to-peer lender Zopa to help drivers buy their own cars’, wrote CityAM and The Financial Times covered the Metro Bank deal: ‘Metro Bank strikes deal to lend through P2P site’. Business Insider described the Metro Bank deal as ‘Two startups that are trying to destroy the banks just joined forces’.
A billion pounds lent and a new CEO
Zopa’s billion pound milestone made national news (read our round-up on our blog), including being featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money. Zopa’s co-founder was profiled in the FT, and our research on the impact of pension reforms made the front page of the Daily Express.
The appointment of our new CEO was also widely covered, including in the Financial Times (‘Peer-to-peer lender Zopa installs Jaidev Janardana as chief’) and on the Telegraph online. In September the Telegraph reported again on Zopa’s growth (‘Zopa doubles revenue in peer-to-peer boom’).
The power of peer-to-peer
October saw our executive chairman, Giles Andrews, go on Bloomberg TV to talk about the peer-to-peer industry and again on the FT Adviser to talk about the disruptive power of the sector.
Zopa also appeared a number of times in the FT’s December special on the future of banking, with our Metro Bank partnership being listed as one of the ten key developments in digital finance for the year.