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Just Cashflow Export Advice, Barclays Mobile Invoicing and Starling Bank, Post Office Tie Up – BFB 235

With a drive to boost the number of businesses exporting, a survey from alternative finance provider Just Cashflow has revealed a lack of knowledge is holding businesses back from taking the export leap. To close the gap, we look at an announcement from Just Cashflow of an initiative to support businesses wishing to export. Administration […]

November 17, 2018 / Comments Off
Access to Finance, Nat West Mobile-Only Service, and Self Employed Debt Levels – BFB 234

A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses has highlighted concerns that growth is being held back by restricted access to finance. Is that the case or is there something else going on? We look at the announcement from Nat West of the launch of Mettle, its new mobile-only banking service. Operating as a […]

November 10, 2018 / Comments Off
Budget Finance Boost, Iwoca Lloyds & Open Banking, Company Insolvencies – BFB 233

With the 2018 Budget behind us we open this Bulletin by looking at finance-specific measures. The British Business Bank, the home to the government finance raising schemes, received several boosts from the Chancellor with the aim of securing business access to finance, particularly post-Brexit. Earlier in 2018 we looked at the launch of Open Banking […]

November 3, 2018 / Comments Off
Brexit Funding, Asset Finance Support and Bank Lending to Business Figures – BFB 232

As we get closer to the Brexit deadline, thoughts are turning to potential support businesses will need in a worse-case scenario. To open our latest Bulletin, we have news that RBS has set aside funds to provide financial support to businesses trading in Europe who may find themselves in a tight financial spot. As highlighted […]

October 27, 2018 / Comments Off
High Risk Business Loans, Creditsafe Quarterly Business Review and Bank Complaints – BFB 231

Are we seeing a build-up to another credit crunch? That’s a concern the Bank of England has flagged up following an increase in the volume of what it perceives as high-risk loans. If that’s the case, what can you do to prepare? We look at the latest quarterly business review from Creditsafe, the credit reference […]

October 20, 2018 / Comments Off
Housebuilder Finance, Where Businesses are Borrowing and Asset Finance Funding – BFB 230

Whilst larger housebuilding firms tend to have easier access to finance, smaller housebuilders have greater challenges in getting the finance they need to develop sites. To open this Bulletin, news of a guide released by UK Finance and the Federation of Master Builders designed to help SME housebuilders source finance. Where are businesses turning to […]

October 13, 2018 / Comments Off
Banks and Business Continue to be Cautious When it Comes to Credit

The latest quarterly Credit Conditions Survey from the Bank of England for Quarter 3 2018 reveals that both bank and businesses appear to be adopting a cautious stance when to comes to lending and borrowing. This quarterly survey of bank and building society lenders is to assist the Bank of England in understanding trends and […]

October 12, 2018 / Comments Off
Businesses Cautious on Borrowing, Curbing Late Payment and Regional Angel Investors – BFB 229

A recurring theme in recent Bulletins has been emerging evidence of reluctance among small business to borrow and this trend is a highlight of the latest SME Finance Monitor Report. The report also reveals the top three issues which are of most concern to small businesses. Is access to finance still an issue? Late payment […]

October 6, 2018 / Comments Off
Why Businesses Borrow, Small Business Confidence and Crowdcube Milestone – BFB 228

Of those businesses which borrow money, what do they typically spend it on? To open this Bulletin, we review findings from Liberis, the short term lender, when they posed this question to their clients. The feedback reveals a variety of uses for finance raised, however one reason given does flag up a potential area of […]

September 29, 2018 / Comments Off

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