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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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Export Finance, Access to Finance Review and Tackling Late Payment Progress – BFB Epsd 177

Posted on: July 15th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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With the government keen to boost exports, UK Export Finance has announced a new support initiative to help improve the flow of finance to exporters. To open the Bulletin, we look at how it will work and which other businesses will benefit.

Access to finance remains a hot topic. We share findings and suggestions from a new report, ‘Banking Small Businesses’, which it’s hoped will be picked up by government and banks to boost small business funding opportunities.

Whenever we feature the problems surrounding late payment, it’s rare that there is any good news. Whilst a recent survey undertaken by BACS, the payment service provider, has its fair share of gloomy statistics, there is at least one glimmer of hope in terms of reducing late payments.

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Prompt Payment Code, Rise in Invoice Discounting & Tax Return Information – BFB Epsd 176

Posted on: July 8th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The government is keen to be seen to be playing its part in tackling late payment and we start this Bulletin with an announcement that a large number of government’s key suppliers have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code.

With banks increasingly reluctant to hand out overdrafts, how are businesses managing cashflow? It seems the gap is being filled by businesses increasingly turning to invoice discounting. We look at the latest figures which confirm the switch to this alternative source of finance.

Lenders seem to want to see mountain of paperwork when they are reviewing your finance request. One request is sight of your Tax Returns but want exactly do they want? To close this episode, we go through the three pieces of information lenders want to see.

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Hire Purchase Made Easy, Business Confidence and Saying ‘No’ to Contracts – BFB Epsd 175

Posted on: July 1st, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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A popular source of finance to fund the purchase items such as plant and machinery is Asset Finance but businesses are often put off by its perceived complexity. In this Bulletin, we look at a new streamlined Hire Purchase application process launched by Hitachi Capital designed to make the task easier.

We live in uncertain times and this is demonstrated by the mixed messages coming out on business confidence. We review two recent surveys which demonstrate that that some businesses are buoyant about where they are now and the future, but others less so.

Savvy business owners know when to say ‘no’ to a new contract. That’s the finding from a recent survey which reveal three key reasons why a business would refuse to take on a piece of work. Are you confident enough to turn away work if it could potentially damage your finances?

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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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Tackling Business Uncertainty, Finance Scams and Amazon Lending – BFB Epsd 173

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Despite recent surveys reporting that small business confidence was resiliently high, recent events have given business owners reason to take a step back. In this Business Finance Bulletin, we share three steps you can take to tackle business uncertainty.

Of all the risks businesses face today, one which is common to all businesses and sectors are financial scams. To help protect you from fraudsters we look at the three most common scams and what you can do to ensure you keep your money safe.

Outside of the traditional and non-traditional lenders, there is another source of finance being offered by firms you would not consider to be finance providers. One such firm is Amazon and we look at how Amazon Lending is focused on increasing the finance it’s providing to retailers selling on its ecommerce platform.

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Perils of Overtrading, Business Borrowing Appetite & NatWest Card App – BFB Epsd 172

Posted on: June 10th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst increasing sales is always a key focus for ambitious businesses, as we recently highlighted to a growth-hungry business, the danger of overtrading can cause chaos. What is overtrading and how can you avoid falling into the trap of running out of cash?

Despite small business owners remaining confident about their prospects, one message coming out is that many small businesses are reluctant to borrow. We look at the latest findings from the SME Finance Monitor team which reveals that SMEs are cautious about taking on new debt.

Managing administration and finance tasks is often a burden for time-poor business owners. NatWest have recognised this and we look at the announcement of the launch of a pilot app designed to improve the way businesses can monitor and track use of their commercial credit card.

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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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Addition to BLS Team, Managing Finances & Cashflow, SagePay & Liberis Tie-Up – BFB Epsd 170

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To start this latest Business Finance Bulletin, we’re delighted to introduce Sue Lewis as the latest addition to the Business Loan Services team. With 25+ years in the finance sector Sue is a great asset to BLS.

Managing finances and cashflow is highly ranked as one of the stressful aspects of running a business. What can you do the relieve yourself of the burden? We share one tip from a recent seminar BLS’s Rob Warlow hosted for Sterling Networks in Worcester.

Collaboration between businesses which have the same target market, being small businesses, continues to prove popular. We have news of a tie-up between SagePay and Liberis, the short-term loan provider, which help SagePay clients have quicker access to finance.

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Asset Finance Growth, Finance Application Processes and Equity Crowdfunding – BFB Epsd 169

Posted on: May 20th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We kick off this Business Finance Bulletin by taking a look at the latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association which reveal that Asset Finance continues to be a popular way of purchasing assets such as equipment and vehicles.

Nat West and RBS have announced more changes to its application process in order to speed up business finance requests. The revised process focuses on improving application turnaround times from months to weeks for commercial and residential property developers.

Raising funds via selling shares in your business is one way of funding growth. To close review equity crowdfunding platform performance in the first quarter of 2017. Which platforms are leading the pack in terms of the number and volume of equity deals?

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