Posts Tagged ‘alternative finance’

Government Late Payment Consultation, MarketInvoice on Nat West Panel and Asset Finance Growth – BFB Epsd 210

Posted on: April 14th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Following the announcement in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement that the government is looking at ways of tackling late payment, it has announced the launch of a consultation paper. The government is looking for input on its plans to address late payment amongst businesses awarded government contracts. Do you have any thoughts?

Where it can’t assist, to continue signposting businesses to alternative lenders, Nat West has announced MarketInvoice as the ninth addition to its Capital Connections panel. Being an online invoice discounter, MarketInvoice adds a new service to Nat West’s expanding panel.

Figures from UK Finance, the finance industry’s trade body, reveal that 2017 was a record year for businesses accessing Asset-Based lending. Looking closer at the figures, smaller businesses though really took advantage of this growing source of alternative finance. But is that the case in the first quarter of 2018?

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Opening a Business Bank Account, Triodos Crowdfunding Platform, ESME Loans – BFB Epsd 201

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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One of the more frustrating aspects of starting a business, or even switching banks, is the stressful experience of opening a bank account. The Competition and Markets Authority, as part of its 2016 Banking Review, tasked banks with making it simpler. To start the Bulletin, we look at the outcome of that request with the release from UK Finance of new guidance on required documentation.

We share news from Triodos Bank, the Bristol-based sustainable and ethical bank, that it has launched its own crowdfunding platform. Projects which have an environmental and renewable focus will feature as available for support.

To close the Bulletin, we look at the announcement from Nat West that ESME Loans, an alternative lender, has joined the bank’s Capital Connections panel. The panel is a list of approved lenders who may be able to help businesses in need of finance where the bank can’t support.

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Business Confidence, Finance Admin Made Easier & Alternative Finance Usage – BFB Epsd 194

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Perhaps it’s no surprise that business confidence is swinging back and forth in reaction to global and local events. That’s the findings from the latest Lloyds Bank Business Barometer report which we review in our latest Bulletin. However, it’s not all doom and gloom with some glimmer of positivity reported!

Managing financial tasks can be a headache for many businesses. This is why Starling Bank, the mobile-only banking channel, have teamed up with an invoice issuing, online solution provider Albert, to streamline invoicing and bank reconciliation. Could it help you reduce time spent on administrative tasks?

To close this Bulletin, we look at the 4th annual report from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance which reveals a continued rise in the use of alternative finance. Who are the businesses tapping into this growing, almost mainstream, form of finance?

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Zombie Businesses, Sourcing Alternative Finance and Finding Angel Investors – BFB Epsd 190

Posted on: November 11th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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A scary start to our latest Bulletin with a look at zombie businesses! According to a recent survey from Begbies Traynor, zombie businesses are on the rise. What are they and how can you avoid doing business with them?

Entrepreneurial age gaps often lead to different views in business and finance is no different. We look at findings from Worldpay which highlights the difference between younger and older generation entrepreneurs when it comes to sourcing and accessing alternative finance.

If you’re setting up a niche business or running a high-growth enterprise, equity is one popular avenue of funding. But how do you find Angel Investors for example? We share news of a service launched by the UK Business Angels Association designed to help businesses and investors find each other.

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Capital Connections & Seedrs, Late Payment Stress and Bank Lending Appetite – BFB Epsd 171

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 owners. The extent of the problem is revealed in a recent survey carried out by The Prompt Payment Directory and we review the key findings.

Why would your bank say ‘no’ to a new loan when your business is profitable and your bank account operates with no problems? We close the Bulletin by sharing one reason why this would happen.

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Managing Working Capital, Bank Referral Scheme & Business Confidence – BFB Epsd 167

Posted on: May 6th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The one problem that comes along with growth is finding the right balance between having too much or too little cash tied up in working capital. In this Business Finance Bulletin, we look at a survey which reveals how much surplus working capital businesses are carrying.

The Bank Referral Scheme, which was launched late last year to help SME improve their access to finance, appears to have stumbled. We look at news that the government has instigated a review into why banks are not referring on enough clients who don’t meet their criteria.

To close the Bulletin we share findings that UK business confidence is at a 4-year high with SMEs appearing to shrug off any doubts about a lacklustre year ahead.

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In the Bulletin we mention three other videos to look at on how to manage your working capital:

How to Calculate Your Stock Turnover Ratio

How to Calculate Your Debtor Days Ratio

How to Calculate Your Creditor Payment Ratio

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Succession Planning, Peer to Peer Lending on the Rise & 3 Minute Business Loans – BFB Epsd 166

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Have you ever thought what would happen to your business if something befell you or a key employee? In this edition of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at this question posed by Aldermore Bank in a recent survey. Are you at risk and if so how can you mitigate the impact?

The rise of the alternative lenders as a credible source of finance continues. We review the latest figures from the Peer to Peer Finance Association which reveal new highs in terms of money being lent out by Association members.

How does a 3 minute loan sound? If you’re a Nat West small business customer looking for a loan of less than £35,000 then we have news of how you may be able to take advantage of their soon-to-be-launched online application platform.

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Late Payment Regulations, Business Confidence and Rising Cost and Association of Alternative Business Finance – BFB Epsd 163

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Tackling late payment to help small businesses with mounting cashflow problems has been a focus for the government. In this latest Business Finance Bulletin, we look at new regulations now in force designed to keep pressure on larger businesses to pay on time.

With Brexit underway, a survey from Ratesetter Business Finance reveals that small businesses appear to be resilient and confident when it comes to growth and investment plans. We also look at research from Barclays Bank on how small businesses are reacting to rising costs.

Finally, we share news from the recent formed Association of Alternative Business Finance on three new additions to its membership to bolster its aim of improving transparency and standards in the industry.

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Association of Alternative Business Finance, Late Payment Regulations, Bank Lending – BFB Epsd 154

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 late payment. To lessen the prevalence of late payment I take a look at the forthcoming Duty to Report regulations which places an obligation on large businesses to disclose details of their payment practices.

Are there signs that business appetite to borrow money from banks is beginning to wane? We examine the latest bank lending figures released by the Bank of England.

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Brexit Impact and Concerns, Crowdfunding Statistics and a Scale-Up Champion – BFB Epsd 153

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 look at how the alternative finance sector is performing following the release of the last quarter 2016 statistics by the Peer to Peer Finance Association. Lending to both businesses and individuals continues to remain strong.

Scale-ups appears to the latest ‘new thing’ with the news that the government has appointed a Scale-Up Champion. What is the government looking to achieve?

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