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Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 28: Lending, Crowdfunding & Funding for Lending Scheme

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,
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Posted on 30.05.2014, by Rob Warlow

In this week’s episode we look at the first quarter figures of the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (not all good news I’m afraid). Better figures though come from the British Bankers Association first quarter figures on bank lending, which shows a steady increase in bank lending.

A survey from Close Bros Invoice Finance reveals the different types of finance business owners are using and, in another piece of research, a look at how crowdfunding continues to grow at a rapid rate.

The Business Finance Tip of the Week is a clip from a live seminar Rob Warlow did recently in which he shares his thoughts on what to do if your bank has said no… move on!


Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 23: Diversifying Your Funding Sources and Succession Planning

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this week’s episode Rob Warlow looks at a report carried out by Bibby Financial Services on micro businesses and in particular the problems surrounding succession. In a further sign of the crowdfunding sector gaining more visibility Rob talks about a new arrangement between crowdfunding platforms and certain bank members of the British Bankers Association on the issue of sharing security.

Rob also shares his thoughts on the importance of diversifying your funding sources so you are not dependent on just one bank.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob looks at one aspect of getting a ‘no’ from your bank – why you should not see it as a fail.


Banks Launching Campaign to Get Businesses Borrowing

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,
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Posted on 23.01.2014, by Rob Warlow

Face with growing outcries about the continual fall in bank lending, the main High Street banks have launched a new campaign to get businesses borrowing.

The banks, together with the British Bankers Association, are keen to let businesses know they are a lot more likely to get bank finance than they think. The banks, which include Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nat West, RBS and Santander, quote a recent SME Finance Monitor report which says that while only 37% of SMEs planning to apply for finance believe they will get approval from their bank, actual approval rates are a lot higher at almost 67%.

The research from the BDRC survey identified as many as 270,000 businesses that wanted to apply for finance but never actually ended up doing so. It attributes a lack of confidence in their chances of success as one of the key reasons for this.

The message of the campaign is that increasing confidence amongst businesses around lending has the potential to boost the UK economy, as if all of those businesses went ahead and applied for finance this could enable:

The 12-month campaign will be aimed at businesses with a turnover of less than £25million, and working alongside the government, politicians, banks and business groups it will spread the message that SMEs are a lot more likely to get finance than they think.

The campaign, featuring online advertising and social media outreach, will provide top tips for finance success, promote schemes such as business mentoring and showcase examples of businesses that have gone on to grow and prosper after securing a loan.


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