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Revolut Bank, British Business Bank Support and Business Confidence – BFB Epsd 208

Posted on: March 31st, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To start our latest Business Finance Bulletin, news from Revolut Bank, an internet and mobile-only bank which we have not featured before. Revolut has announced forthcoming enhancements to its service offering which will provide wider benefits to its 16,000 business customers.

The British Business Bank, the government’s home for its finance programmes, has supported two more challenger lenders in their aim to broaden access to finance. Aldermore and 1pm will be using the finance schemes to widen the reach of their asset finance products.

Business confidence appears to be strengthening. That’s the message coming out from two surveys undertaken by the FSB and Lloyds Bank. However, there are still a number of factors holding businesses back when it comes to pursuing growth.

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Borrowing to Grow, Barclays Midlands Growth Fund and Start Up Support from Nat West – BFB Epsd 204

Posted on: March 2nd, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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What would you do if you were able to borrow money for your business? This is a question posed by Liberis, the short-term cashflow lender, when it spoke to 200 small businesses. As well as revealing how funds would be spent, the survey also discovered how many small businesses are still confused about where to look for finance.

Businesses based in the Midlands are in for a cash boost with the announcement from Barclays of the creation of its £370m Midlands Growth Fund. If you are based in the Midlands, we look at how you could benefit.

To close this Bulletin, we have news of Nat West’s revised Entrepreneur’s Accelerator Programme. Delivered in hubs situated in 12 major cities across the UK, the programme is designed to help start ups in need of support, advice and mentorship. Could the programme help you get your business off the ground?

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Sources of Finance, Open Banking in Action and Filing Accounts Late – BFB Epsd 203

Posted on: February 24th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open the latest Business Finance Bulletin, we review the recently released Small Business Finance Markets report. Issued annually by the British Business Bank the report shares the bank’s findings on small business owner’s attitudes and experiences when it comes to raising finance. The statistics reveal one startling fact about how businesses view the act of borrowing money for growth.

2018 is the year when Open Banking kicked off. Still in its infancy, the majority of people are unaware what it is and how it will dramatically affect the way we interact with banks. Two early adopters have announced a partnership to streamline personal borrowing applications.

To close the Bulletin, we look at the negative impact late filing of Annual Accounts can have on a Company’s credit rating and your ability to raise finance.

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Avoiding Online Fraud, EFG Boosts Economy and Ambitious Entrepreneurs – BFB Epsd 192

Posted on: November 25th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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With one of the busiest online shopping periods looming it can be easy to get caught out by online fraudsters. What can you do to ensure you and your business doesn’t lose out financially and give confidence to people visiting your website?

In previous Bulletins we have looked at the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. New research from London Economics has revealed how businesses accessing this loan scheme have grown more than those which haven’t. Could you use this Scheme if you want to grow your business but struggling to access finance?

Whilst many business owners want to avoid getting in to more debt, there are some entrepreneurs who have ambitions to borrow significant sums. Who are these ambitious tycoons and how big are their borrowing plans?

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Interest Rates, Marketinvoice Business Loans & Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme – BFB Epsd 189

Posted on: November 4th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Not unexpectedly, after 10 years the Bank of England has increased the cost of borrowing. In our latest Bulletin we look at how this increase will affect both business borrowers and savers.

Marketinvoice, the online invoice discounter, has launched an unsecured business loan product bringing another option to those businesses in need of a short term loan. We review how it works and which businesses are eligible to apply.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, a little known finance product offered by the High Street banks, has hit a new milestone. The scheme, overseen by the British Business Bank, can help those businesses with a viable proposition but lacking in security. Could it help you?

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Know Your Credit Score, Business Optimism and Start Up Loans – BFB Epsd 187

Posted on: October 21st, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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One problem which can affect the outcome of your finance request is your credit score. In this Bulletin we look at findings from a recent survey carried out by Ratesetter Business Finance which reveals how many business owners have never checked their score. Don’t be one of them.

Business optimism appears to be on the up again. That the finding from the latest Deloitte’s quarterly Chief Finance Officer’s survey. However, a good number are still less than rosy. What factors are driving down the level of optimism?

Since the government’s Start Up Loan Co was launched in 2012 how exactly has it helped boost start ups? The British Business Bank has undertaken a review of its effectiveness and we look at how both starts ups and the overall economy have benefited from the support provided by the Start Up Loan Company.

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Small Business Borrowing Appetite, Asset Finance and North West Business Growth Fund – BFB Epsd 182

Posted on: September 16th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Is appetite amongst small businesses to borrow money on the wane? According to the latest SME Finance Monitor Report this is the case. We take a look at how more business owners are opting out of taking on debt in favour of pursuing a ‘slow growth or no growth’ strategy.

On a more positive note, we share news from the Finance and Leasing Association that its members are reporting record volumes in financing plant and machinery, and business equipment. Asset Finance as a source of funding is continuing to win over small businesses.

To close the Bulletin, we look at a new fund launched by the British Business Bank. The North West Business Growth has been designed to assist growing businesses in the North West in accessing loan finance.

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

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 finance. We look at the news of a link-up between Funding Circle and takeaway app Just Eat which aims to boost takeaway owner’s access to finance.

The Federation of Small Businesses has always championed ways of tackling late payment and so it comes as no surprise that it has launched a service to help small businesses get paid on overdue invoices.

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Atom Bank Business Finance, The Goods Mortgage Bill and PayPal Working Capital Loan – BFB Epsd 174

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 provide additional comfort to asset-based finance providers lending to sole traders and partnerships. The new Bill will help these trading entities better access services such as invoice discounting.

To close, we have another example of how small businesses are bypassing the traditional High Street lenders to obtain finance. We look at an announcement from PayPal that its Working Capital loan product has hit a new milestone in terms of money lent and the number of PayPal business customers which have successfully accessed finance.

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Profit Improvement, Business Finance & Growth, Funding Circle Milestone – BFB Epsd 157

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst small businesses can sometimes beat the bigger players in the market, occasionally we can learn a trick or two from them. In this edition of the Business Finance Bulletin, we take a look at strategies being employed by Chief Financial Officers to boost their company’s performance. What tips can you take action on?

How do small business owners view the finance market and their growth prospects? That’s a question posed in the latest Business Finance Survey carried out by the British Business Bank. Not surprisingly, the survey reveals positive news… and less positive expectations when looking ahead.

To close the Bulletin, we share news on a new milestone reached by peer-to-peer lender, Funding Circle, in terms of the amount it has lent to small businesses.

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