Crowdfunders team up for trade body

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Twelve “crowdfunding” firms have joined forces to create a self-regulatory trade body for the industry, which lets members of the public back start-up businesses.

Members of the UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA) will have to comply with a code of practice to protect investors’ funds and keep them separate from the companies’ own money.

Accounting firm Deloitte estimates the crowdfunding sector will help firms raise about £1.9 billion this year. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts predicts that could soar to about £15bn within five years.

Trillion Fund managing director Julia Groves has been appointed the UKCFA’s first chair and said the organisation’s launch was a “milestone” for the industry.

She added: “Our sector is already providing real value in the provision of capital.”

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