As a marketplace that digitally connects small and medium-sized businesses to investors, Funding Circle taps into a previously underserved market. The company gives these businesses unprecedented access to financing from various investors, thereby also creating value for investors, as well as the economy overall. By enabling funding for hundreds of businesses monthly, they have created more than 100,000 jobs across the world.
One of the most popular company traditions is The Quarterly, a meeting that brings together teams from across the globe. The highlight of which is the Social Gathering, a series of ad-hoc activities like a drumming workshop held after The Quarterly with team members. Not only is it fun, but a great way to get to know colleagues in a completely new environment, and maybe discover some hidden talent in the team.
Part of Funding Circle’s focus of developing their employees, the FC Academy gives all team members the chance to host courses in one area of their personal expertise, facilitating the exchange of knowledge between the team. The scope of these courses is not limited to their jobs, striking the perfect balance of fun, informative and stimulating. Examples of past employee-led courses have included coding, database management, cocktail workshops, and even an Italian language course.
Five values form the building blocks of Funding Circle’s culture. Employees “Think Smart”, challenging assumptions in the quest for greater insight and they “Stand Together” to support each other in everything they do. The “Make it Happen” atmosphere encourages ownership and commitment to tasks, whilst remembering to “Be Open”, trusting and treating one another with respect. Most of all, each team member brings passion (and fun) to work each morning to “Live the Adventure”.