British Business Bank SME Support, Funding Circle & Just Eat, and FSB Late Payment Help – BFB Epsd 178

The British Business Bank, which was established to improve small business access to finance, has issued its latest Annual Report. In our latest Bulletin, we take a look at the progress the Bank has made over the last 12 months. Alternative lenders are being increasingly quirky in how they tap into new markets to offer […]

July 22, 2017 / Comments Off
Export Finance, Access to Finance Review and Tackling Late Payment Progress – BFB Epsd 177

With the government keen to boost exports, UK Export Finance has announced a new support initiative to help improve the flow of finance to exporters. To open the Bulletin, we look at how it will work and which other businesses will benefit. Access to finance remains a hot topic. We share findings and suggestions from […]

July 15, 2017 / Comments Off
Prompt Payment Code, Rise in Invoice Discounting & Tax Return Information – BFB Epsd 176

The government is keen to be seen to be playing its part in tackling late payment and we start this Bulletin with an announcement that a large number of government’s key suppliers have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code. With banks increasingly reluctant to hand out overdrafts, how are businesses managing cashflow? It seems […]

July 8, 2017 / Comments Off
Hire Purchase Made Easy, Business Confidence and Saying ‘No’ to Contracts – BFB Epsd 175

A popular source of finance to fund the purchase items such as plant and machinery is Asset Finance but businesses are often put off by its perceived complexity. In this Bulletin, we look at a new streamlined Hire Purchase application process launched by Hitachi Capital designed to make the task easier. We live in uncertain […]

July 1, 2017 / Comments Off
Atom Bank Business Finance, The Goods Mortgage Bill and PayPal Working Capital Loan – BFB Epsd 174

Atom Bank is a relatively new, digital-only, challenger bank. In this edition of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at a £30m investment made by the British Business Bank, which Atom will be using to support small businesses. The Queen’s Speech contained news that the government intends to introduce the Goods Mortgage Bill which will […]

June 24, 2017 / Comments Off
Tackling Business Uncertainty, Finance Scams and Amazon Lending – BFB Epsd 173

Despite recent surveys reporting that small business confidence was resiliently high, recent events have given business owners reason to take a step back. In this Business Finance Bulletin, we share three steps you can take to tackle business uncertainty. Of all the risks businesses face today, one which is common to all businesses and sectors […]

June 17, 2017 / Comments Off
Perils of Overtrading, Business Borrowing Appetite & NatWest Card App – BFB Epsd 172

Whilst increasing sales is always a key focus for ambitious businesses, as we recently highlighted to a growth-hungry business, the danger of overtrading can cause chaos. What is overtrading and how can you avoid falling into the trap of running out of cash? Despite small business owners remaining confident about their prospects, one message coming […]

June 10, 2017 / Comments Off
Capital Connections & Seedrs, Late Payment Stress and Bank Lending Appetite – BFB Epsd 171

Despite the introduction of the Bank Referral Scheme, Nat West continues to develop its own panel of alternative finance partners via Capital Connections. In this Bulletin we look at the latest addition to the panel, equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs. As well as causing business finance distress, late payment can also cause personal stress for business […]

June 2, 2017 / Comments Off
Addition to BLS Team, Managing Finances & Cashflow, SagePay & Liberis Tie-Up – BFB Epsd 170

To start this latest Business Finance Bulletin, we’re delighted to introduce Sue Lewis as the latest addition to the Business Loan Services team. With 25+ years in the finance sector Sue is a great asset to BLS. Managing finances and cashflow is highly ranked as one of the stressful aspects of running a business. What […]

May 26, 2017 / Comments Off
Asset Finance Growth, Finance Application Processes and Equity Crowdfunding – BFB Epsd 169

We kick off this Business Finance Bulletin by taking a look at the latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association which reveal that Asset Finance continues to be a popular way of purchasing assets such as equipment and vehicles. Nat West and RBS have announced more changes to its application process in order to […]

May 20, 2017 / Comments Off

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