We have a growing international presence, with local insights, market knowledge, and industry expertise. We work with a strong and diverse range of businesses, funders and partners. Not content to rest, we are scaling up fast and investing heavily in technology, all with one focus: helping our clients to seize their moment.
Back then, the need was clear; good businesses weren’t getting the funding they needed to grow and prosper. Traditional banks were struggling to recover from the financial crisis. So on the nearest whiteboard three friends – the two Marks and Olly - sketched out a plan to help those growing companies. Then they got to work and TradeBridge was born.
Signing our very first clients, including a fish farm in Scotland, was a huge boost for the fledgling company. Our vision was to use creative thinking, data, and technology to re-invent supply chain finance. It was a busy year, building both the team and the technology platform, BridgeIT, to serve our predominantly corporate sector clients.
This year opened with a breakthrough moment, signing a partnership agreement with a (now floated and famous) fast-growth fashion marketplace. The embedded funding solution we developed for their online sellers, marked the start of a deep commitment to funding eCommerce.
Experiencing how our embedded finance solution was powering the growth of our new eCommerce clients, we spotted an opportunity to apply similar principles to community pharmacy, and RxBridge was born. To support our continued growth we raised our first senior funding facility from a major European bank.
Designed with input from industry experts, like our Commercial Director Seb, our pharmacy solution proved an immediate hit with entrepreneurial business owners. And, we continued to expand into the growing, tech led, online sector too. This was the inaugural year for the now annual, company cycle ride and the whole team circumnavigated the Isle of Wight.
This year marked our first international expansion steps as we welcomed Zhijian Wu to establish the Singapore team. Cycling from Bath to Bournemouth, our overnight stay at the top of the famous Shaftesbury Hill, nearly broke the team. But what goes up, must come down and we enjoyed two days of free wheeling afterwards!
Following on from our strong growth in the previous year, we hit a big milestone early in 2019 - we broke through the $1b funding mark and celebrated with a new embedded finance solution for UK dentists AND an epic party! Whilst the cry "too many hills", led our intrepid cycle team to the UK’s flattest county…Norfolk.
The year opened with ambitious targets, but of course 2020 had a different plan for us all. With the unflinching commitment of the whole team, we achieved CIBLS accreditation and delivered vital funding to support our client's on the frontline of the pandemic, proudly funding pop-up vaccination centres and pharmacies across the nation, in record time. Between lockdowns, we managed to have some fun making pasta and preparing for better days to come.
Our determination was rewarded when 2021 delivered two magic moments: raising a further $100m facility to fund growth and the launch of a unique embedded funding structure for the Italian eCommerce market. We passed the $2bn funding milestone and the ever-growing cycle team donned their lycra for a cultured jaunt through Oxfordshire.
2022 was a year of newness. Our international ambitions took a step forward when Will Davison (re) joined our team to launch in Australia. Our scaled up technology gang dug deep and delivered a suped up, embedded funding specifically for "eCommerceers". Meanwhile, the sweaty Lycra brigade was complemented by the emergence of eBikers, navigating the trails of the South Downs.