Finally it looks like there is a challenger bank on the horizon which is blending together the best of the old (personalised, supportive and local customer service) with the new (a flexible and fit for purpose technology platform) to provide local business with local banking relationships and support.
Launching now and in partnership through the Seismic Opportunities Fund, this Series A round is being offered directly to smaller investors with a minimum investment size of £1,000 (subject to self-certification as a sophisticated or high net worth investor).
This is a rare opportunity to invest alongside some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Borne out of frustration which a number of the UK’s leading business people found when dealing with traditional banks the experienced team behind Alba are on a mission – to set up a bank by businesspeople for businesspeople.
Jim McColl, one the UK’s most successful industrialists adds
“In a world of mass market offerings and globalisation, we were keen to go back to basics blending together technology with a local approach to local businesses, I believe the team at Alba are perfectly positioned to make this happen.”
The investment managers, Seismic Venture Partners, have negotiated an opportunity for investors to own almost half of the business as part of the current raise of £5 million. This is a fraction of the valuation of other challenger banks at the same stage of their evolution. Alba through its high-touch, high-tech offering is looking to revolutionise banking for SMEs in the same way that Monzo and Revolut are for consumers.
Alba's Chief Executive Rod Ashley, former head of Airdrie Savings Bank, said
“We are really excited by the opportunity to broaden our investor base to local people in the local areas we are looking to develop and grow into. Our existing investors have been fantastic in their support to date and it is an important part of our journey to open up this investment to a broader range of investors using our planned pod network in cities across the UK including Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Middlesbrough.”
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“The proposed Alba Bank investment opportunity is just the type of business we are excited to be associated with and looking to support. Having run one of the UK’s oldest engineering companies I experienced first hand just what type of banking relationship is needed to support a mid-sized business. I share Alba’s passion in looking to support great UK based companies and belief in business as a force for good.”
Ewan Lloyd-Baker, Principal, Seismic
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