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Interview: Dorrian links in to post-Covid lending

Linked Finance chief says there is not enough support for the non-bank lending sector, writes Samantha McCaughren

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Niall Dorrian believes tech advances will speed up lending processes. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Niall Dorrian believes tech advances will speed up lending processes. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Niall Dorrian believes tech advances will speed up lending processes. Photo: Steve Humphreys

When the pandemic lockdown kicked in back in March, Niall Dorrian, chief executive of Linked Finance, says the peer-to-peer lender quickly sprang into action to support some of its worst-affected customers.

"At the start of the lockdown, we took some very aggressive, proactive steps, particularly with the shutdown of the hospitality and tourism industry."

"We just put them on three-month, interest-free, payment holidays straight in, without really asking them," says Dorrian, originally from Bangor, Co Down. "It was just the logical right thing to do."