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Why SMEs Won’t Borrow, Arbuthnot Latham Bank, and Business Optimism – BFB Epsd 183

Posted on: September 23rd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Continuing our review of the findings from the latest SME Finance Monitor report, we look at what is holding small businesses back from borrowing. The survey revealed four reasons why businesses feel uncomfortable in taking on debt.

Whilst many businesses think that lenders are reluctant to support businesses, one bank is actively looking to assist growing business. Arbuthnot Latham Bank has recently opened an office in Bristol as an addition to their office in Exeter, to cover the South West and we take a peek at how they can help businesses with their commercial finance requirements.

Finally, we review the latest FSB Small Business Index survey which highlights that small businesses are feeling much less confident that they were a year ago. What is holding them back?

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Demand for Small Business Borrowing Slips but Success Rates Are Up

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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The latest ‘Voice of Small Business Index’ from the FSB for Quarter 2 to June 2017, shows that only 14 per cent of small firms applied for external finance in the three months to June.

The FSB commented that the low figures are being driven by lower investment intentions and confidence levels on the back of Brexit and economic uncertainty.

The survey comes out on the back of the latest statistics from UK Finance (the finance industy’s trade body) which revealed that bank lending to businesses fell by £698m in July.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom.

Thumb UpOf the 14% of businesses which said they had applied for finance in the three months to June 2017, the share of those successfully getting a ‘yes’ stood at 74% in the quarter, up from the 71% in the same quarter a year ago.

This also compares very favourably to the 54% seen in Q2 2015. So, the more growth-focused businesses are getting what they want.

The survey also shows that the lending landscape continues to evolve with continued evidence of diversification away from traditional bank lending. Among small businesses that had applied for credit, the share applying for bank loans declined from 39% in Q2 2016 to 23% in Q2 2017.

Where are small businesses going for their finance needs?

The survey reveals that the proportion using asset-based finance, such as invoice financing, has doubled from 17% to 34%.

Our message is that if you are in growth mode, there are plenty of finance options out there.

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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Business Confidence, Small Business Funding Gap & Corporate Insolvencies – BFB Epsd 168

Posted on: May 13th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Small businesses are continuing to shrug off any feelings of negativity. These are the findings of a new survey undertaken by the ICAEW and in this Business Finance Bulletin we look at the one thing emerging as a key challenge for businesses.

Although Brexit is some way off, businesses and organisations are considering what the economy will look like post-exit. We review a new report from the FSB which focuses on availability of finance and highlights a significant small business funding gap from 2021 onwards.

Despite high confidence levels, corporate insolvencies are on the rise. We take a look at the Quarter 1 statistics from the Insolvency Service and consider what’s behind the increase.

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The Election & Small Businesses, Tackling Rising Costs & Yes Growth Funding – BFB Epsd 165

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin, we kick off with… the election. Sorry! We look at how this distraction could affect small businesses, access to finance and spending habits.

On the back of findings by Hitachi Capital and the FSB, more attention is now being given to the impact rising costs is having on small businesses. If you are faced with increasing costs, what you can do to preserve your bottom line?

During periods of growth one thing small businesses want is quick access to finance. To close this Bulletin, we look at what short term finance provider Yes Growth can do to support growing businesses in need of additional working capital.

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Xero Access to Finance Support, Export Advice and Being Finance Ready – BFB Epsd 161

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this edition of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at how the accounting software provider Xero is making access to finance easier by integrating with MarketInvoice, DueCourse and Iwoca. Another step forward for businesses in need of quick access to cash.

Brexit has opened business owner’s minds to the opportunities created via exporting. A new survey by the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed the top 3 export priorities but if you’re new to exporting, where do you go for advice and support. We look at three sources you can tap into.

The deal of a lifetime can present itself but often the opportunity is missed because you can’t arrange finance quick enough. To avoid that happening we have three actions you can take to ensure you are finance-ready.

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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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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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Asset Finance Boom, Stock and Cashflow, and More to do on Late Payment – BFB Epsd 147

Posted on: November 25th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst bank lending to businesses is slowly on the up, in this Business Finance Bulletin we look at the latest statistics from the Finance and Leasing Association which reveal that the Asset Finance sector is on a roll.

Carrying too much stock can tie up cashflow which can be better employed within the business. We look at research from the Asset Based Finance Association which highlights exactly how much cash SMEs have invested in unsold stock.

Another drain on cashflow is of course late payment. A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for more action on tackling the late payment endemic.

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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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