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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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Funding Circle Investment, SME Borrowing Appetite and Business Confidence in 2017- BFB Epsd 151

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 2017? That’s a question posed by Zurich in their latest SME Risk Index survey. Are businesses looking to borrow more or less than in 2016?

To close, we take a look at separate findings from the Federation of Small Businesses and Smith and Williamson on how confident small business owners are entering 2017. It’s clear that many are choosing to ignore any gloomy economic messages.

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Autumn Statement, Business Confidence and Regional Funding with Market Invoice- BFB Epsd 148

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The recent Autumn Statement saw the Chancellor announcing two initiatives to assist growing businesses. In this Business Finance Bulletin, we look at support the Chancellor is giving to boost exports and of the additional funding granted to the British Business Bank for businesses in search of equity finance.

New research carried out by Axa Business Insurance reveals that small businesses remain relatively buoyant in 2016 but as we discuss, 2017 looks less certain.

We are seeing more finance schemes designed to get funding to businesses in certain geographical areas. In this Bulletin, we look at an announcement from Market Invoice of its tie up with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership which will see up to £2 million available to Leeds-based business via invoice discounting.

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Mixed Messages on Business Confidence, Bank Referral Scheme, Commercial Mortgage Warning – BFB Epsd 139

Posted on: September 30th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this Business Finance Bulletin, we look at the mixed messages coming out about business confidence amongst small business owners with a survey from the FSB which features both bad news and good news.

Much has been made of the Bank Referral Scheme which will see banks referring businesses they can’t assist on to a panel of government-approved funding platforms. We look at how the scheme is taking shape.

When you take a commercial mortgage from your bank you may think that’s it. However, following a call for help from a business owner, we share one thing you should watch out for if you unwittingly change the basis on which your commercial mortgage was agreed.

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Small Business Borrowing Appetite, British Business Bank & Asset Finance, Mislaid Cheques – BFB Epsd 137

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Kicking off this Business Finance Bulletin is a look at findings from the latest SME Finance Monitor Report which includes a focus on small business borrowing appetites. The report reveals that a large number have no interest in taking on finance.

The British Business Bank has been supporting a number of alternative lenders with additional funds for them to on-lend to small businesses. We look at the funding passed onto an Asset Finance company based in the North West which is set to support growing businesses in need of asset finance solutions.

Have you ever lost a cheque or forget to pay one into your bank account? According to a survey from Barclays it’s not an uncommon occurrence and you may be surprised as to how much money is lost this way!

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Banks Saying ‘No’, Equity Funding, Late Payment & Cashflow Summertime Blues – BFB Epsd 124

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin, we open with a look at the findings of a survey carried out by alternative finance provider Amicus on the number of businesses getting a ‘no’ from their banks.

Selling shares in a business to raise capital is often extremely low on an entrepreneur’s radar and yet findings from the British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker Report reveal that the amounts invested are on the increase.

When it comes to late payment we often associated the problem with fellow business owners but what about individuals? We take a look at an unexpected reason as to why this category of customers pay late.

As summer approaches, for many small business owners it’s a case of cashflow summertime blues. A survey from Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance reveals that July can be a tricky time for businesses. What can you do to avoid suffering from cashflow blues?

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Help to Grow, Tax Investigations, Credit Reports & Bank Referrals – BFB Epsd 123

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this Business Finance Bulletin, a look at the launch of the British Business Bank’s ‘Help to Grow’ scheme with £30m of loans being channelled through Lloyds Bank aimed at helping high growth and innovative firms.

New research from UHY Hacker Young has revealed how small businesses are taking a disproportionately high share of fines imposed by HMRC compared to their larger counterparts. We take a look at why that is.

It’s important you know what’s contained in your Credit Report and yet according to a recent survey carried out by Which, a large number of people have never looked at their report. We explain why you should do so when it comes to borrowing money.

And to close we have news from the Royal Bank of Scotland on how it’s going to signpost businesses it can’t help to alternative lenders via its new Capital Connections platform. It’s all part of the government’s drive to encourage banks to offer alternative lenders if they say ‘no’.

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Debt Aversion, Enterprise Finance Guarantees, Late Payment and NatWest Borrowing App – BFB Epsd 119

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we start off with findings from a recent survey carried out by Wesleyan Bank which reveals that a large proportion of small businesses now have an aversion to debt. The report also lists the common sources of finance businesses are turning to.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme has been around for a number of years and following a review we look at suggestions made by the British Business Bank on how the scheme can be improved.

Late payment is a big barrier to growth, particularly for small businesses and this fact is highlighted in a new report from the Asset Based Finance Association. The report reveals a significant gap in experiences between small and large businesses.

We also take a look at a new app launched by Nat West designed to help its small businesses gain a better understanding of borrowing options.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week, a question you should ask yourself before you go looking for finance.

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Business Confidence, Merchant Cash Advances, Funding Exports & Late Payment- BFB Epsd 114

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we review the most recent quarterly survey from the Federation of Small Businesses. The report reveals falling confidence levels amongst SMEs but there’s good news in terms of access to finance with more businesses getting the finance they need.

We have news of another alternative lender, merchant cash advance provider Liberis, which has benefited from the British Business Bank ENABLE programme via a £5m fund to on-lend to growing SMEs.

Businesses in the Greater Manchester area which are exporters or have ambitions to export can now take advantage of a new £9.5m fund. We take a look at how the Greater Manchester Export Fund works.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week a chat with Steve White of Thornbury Collections in which he shares the strangest late payment excuse he’s ever heard and general tips on managing late payment.

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High Growth Firms, Regional Lenders, Asset Finance and Leasing – Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 110

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin, news that the number of High Growth Firms is on the increase according to findings by the Enterprise Research Centre.

We take a look a new business loan fund launched by a regional lender, Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust, aiming to support growing businesses in their locality.

There’s news of support being given by British Business Bank to an alternative lender to help boost funds for on-lending to businesses in need of asset finance.

Staying with asset finance and leasing we take a look at statistics from the Finance and Leasing Association which reveal strong growth in the sector in 2015.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week a look at a series of forthcoming videos in which Rob Warlow will be sharing insights into ratios you can calculate to help boost the performance of your business.

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