Start Up Loan Hotspots, Interest Rate Comparison Tool and Rising Costs – BFB Epsd 155

Getting finance for a start up business has always been tough but with the Start Up Loans Company, the pain has been eased. In this Bulletin, looking back on the loans they made in 2016, which UK start up hotspot cities have taken advantage of the loans available? Different methods of calculating interest rates can […]

February 10, 2017 / Comments Off
Association of Alternative Business Finance, Late Payment Regulations, Bank Lending – BFB Epsd 154

With alternative finance becoming an increasing source of finance we kick off this Bulletin with news of the launch of The Association of Alternative Business Finance. Formed by seven players on the alternative business finance scene, the Association is focused on delivering higher standards in the industry. Time is moving closer to government action on […]

February 3, 2017 / Comments Off
So Why Exactly Did Your Bank Say ‘No’?

It can be frustrating when you are in desperate need of finance to expand your business and you get a resounding ‘no’ from your bank. Why have they refused? Very often it’s a reason which, if you had known about at the start of the process, you could easily have addressed. The old saying ‘forewarned […]

January 29, 2017 / Comments Off
Brexit Impact and Concerns, Crowdfunding Statistics and a Scale-Up Champion – BFB Epsd 153

We open the latest edition of the Business Finance Bulletin with a look at two surveys from the Federation of Small Businesses and Barclays Bank. The question asked of small businesses is how Brexit will impact those trading overseas and whether confidence has taken a knock. What are our SMEs thinking? We take our regular […]

January 27, 2017 / Comments Off
New Company Formations, Metro Bank and Short Term Business Loans- BFB Epsd 152

According to the Centre for Entrepreneurs new company formations are at an all-time high. In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at the numbers and where the entrepreneurial hotspots are. Metro Bank, one of the so-called challenger banks, has committed to helping more small businesses in 2017 with funds to support growth. […]

January 20, 2017 / Comments Off
Cashflow Problems? A Short Term Business Loan May be the Answer

For many businesses, certain times of the year can be a struggle when it comes to juggling cashflow; you may be a seasonal business, you have a growing list of overdue invoices and to cap it all you may be faced with your quarterly VAT bill or personal and business tax. What can you do? […]

January 17, 2017 / Comments Off
Funding Circle Investment, SME Borrowing Appetite and Business Confidence in 2017- BFB Epsd 151

In the latest Business Finance Bulletin we start by looking at news from Funding Circle of £40m from the British Business Bank to invest in business loans alongside private investors. In addition to this there’s news of £82 million raised to support Funding Circle’s growth plans. How hungry are small businesses to borrow money in […]

January 13, 2017 / Comments Off
Barclays Borrowing App, Bank Lending to SMEs and Borrowing from Family & Friends – BFB Epsd 150

We start this latest Business Finance Bulletin by reviewing the launch of a new mobile banking service from Barclays which will allow its small business clients to apply for finance and, if accepted, receive funds within one hour. We take our regular look at what the High Street banks are doing in terms of money […]

January 6, 2017 / Comments Off
Thanks and Have a Happy New Year

As 2016 closes and a New Year starts, just a quick note to say thanks for your support over the last 12 months. Thanks from all of the BLS team, especially to those businesses which entrusted us in raising finance to help achieve their growth plans… it was was a pleasure to assist you. It’s […]

December 31, 2016 / Comments Off
Asset Finance & Bank Lending, Business Confidence and Late Payment – BFB Epsd 149

In this Bulletin, we kick off with our monthly round-up of how lenders are supporting businesses in terms of accessing finance. We look at the latest figures from the Asset Based Finance Association which reveal record business being written by the asset finance sector and levels of support given by the traditional High Street banks. […]

December 16, 2016 / Comments Off

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