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Business Confidence Rises, Barclays Loan Cashback, and Company Insolvencies – BFB 285

Posted on: February 3rd, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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A positive start to this week’s Business Finance Bulletin with news from Lloyds Bank in their monthly Business Barometer survey that business confidence is on the rise. What are business owner’s view on the impact of Brexit though?

We look at the announcement from Barclays of the launch of a loan cashback scheme with support from the British Business Bank. The cashback is a nice bonus for businesses looking to expand via funding.

To close, less positive news with a look at how many businesses entered some form of insolvency in 2019. The figures from the Insolvency Service do feature a glimmer of hope for 2020.

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The Return of Certainty? Challenger Banks Partnerships and Late Payment Improvement – BFB 281

Posted on: December 16th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open our final Bulletin of 2019, a fitting close to this season with a look at the possible return of certainly following the Election result. Will the parliamentary majority be enough to overturn the feeling of uncertainty which has dominated the last 12 months?

Challenger banks are often at the leading edge when it comes to innovation and in terms of linking up with 3rd small business service providers that’s no exception. We look at announcements from Metro Bank and Starling Bank of partnerships available to their SME customers designed to improve efficiencies and access specialised services.

To wrap up our last episode for 2019, some good news on late payment. We review a new survey from MarketFinance which reveals that 2019 saw an improvement in late payment practices, lessening the cashflow strain for many small businesses.

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Brighter Future for SMEs, Just Cashflow Foreign Exchange Services and Automate Payments – BFB 280

Posted on: December 9th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Kicking off our latest Bulletin we review a survey from Xero, the online accounting software provider, which reports that despite many small business owners feeling despondent about their circumstances, the 20 years will see a significant, positive change.

With the High Street banks not known for delivering competitive foreign exchange services, we look at the announcement from cashflow finance provider Just Cashflow of the launch of its own foreign exchange offering.

To close, news from Pay UK that one day in the first week of December saw them handle the highest daily volume of automated payments. Are we finally seeing the demise of the cheque?

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Business Confidence Rises, Business Savings Rates, Small Business Borrowing – BFB 279

Posted on: December 2nd, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Opening this week’s Bulletin, a surprising continuation in the rise in business confidence despite the looming general election and Brexit limbo. However, another survey reveals that the feeling of uncertainty still prevails, especially among younger businesses.

With approximately £382b held on current accounts and low interest deposit accounts, findings from Aldermore Bank exposes how much businesses are losing out by not maximising deposit account returns.

To wrap up this episode, a look at how small businesses are still limiting their borrowing appetite as revealed in the latest Bank of England bank lending figures.

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Xero Enhancements, Sole Trader vs Limited Co Borrowing and Business Confidence – BFB 277

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To kick off our latest Bulletin, we look at a host of enhancements and 3rd party collaborations announced by Xero, the online accounting software provider. The partnerships are aimed at further streamlining the way small businesses manage their finances.

A survey from the Federation of Small Businesses reveals the different experiences sole traders have in borrowing money compared to the wider small business community. Why would lenders treat sole traders differently?

To wrap up this Bulletin, a review of current business confidence levels, which according to a recent survey from Lloyds Bank has bounced back in October. How long will that last?

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Are We in a Recession? Franchise Funding and Smart Funding with Hitachi Capital – BFB 271

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Are we in a recession? That’s question on many business owners and commentator’s minds. Based on the findings from a host of recent surveys and our client’s feedback, it certainly feels like it for many sectors. What can you do to keep on track?

One type of business model that continues to do well are Franchises. Following a visit to the National Franchise Exhibition we take a look at why banks favour lending to this type of business.

To close this Bulletin, news from Hitachi Capital Business Finance of the launch of its Smart Funding finance solution. One unique feature of the finance package is its flexible repayment terms, ideal for businesses with seasonal cashflow.

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Bank Transfer Scam Refunds, Lendy in Administration and Business Confidence – BFB 260

Posted on: June 1st, 2019 by blsuser1 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Many individuals and small businesses have fallen victim to Authorised Push Payment scams. APPs are they are commonly referred to is where people are tricked into sending money to scammer’s bank account. To open this week’s Bulletin, we look at a new voluntary code 8 banks have signed up to which promises to refund lost money to victims.

Worrying times for the crowdfunding sector with news that property purchase and development crowdfunder Lendy has fallen into Administration. We look at the numbers behind the collapse.

To close, a review of a surprising survey from Lloyds Bank as part of their regular Business Barometer series, which reveals that business confidence has increased for the first time in many months. Is this merely a temporary blip?

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Business Optimism, Cambridge & Counties Bank and Property Development Finance – BFB 244

Posted on: February 9th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Many of our recent Bulletins have featured doom and gloom sentiments from businesses. We open this week’s Bulletin though with findings from Independent Growth Finance that some businesses are actually feeling positive about their growth prospects.

The so-called Challenger Banks which rose up after the Credit Crunch, are now maturing into solid providers of commercial finance. One such bank is Cambridge and Counties which has announced a new milestone in terms of its growth and reputation as a strong funding partner.

To round off this Bulletin, a look at the launch of a new fund from Santander and private investment group Topland focused on funding property developers. Traditionally not the domain of the High Street banks, the fund aims to support developers with a competitive finance package.

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Why Businesses Borrow, Small Business Confidence and Crowdcube Milestone – BFB 228

Posted on: September 29th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 concern in terms of business health.

We are undoubtedly in uncertain terms and the latest Federation of Small Businesses survey confirms this by revealing a dip in business confidence levels. The FSB’s recent quarterly Small Business Index highlights the feelings of uncertainty and also identifies other areas which are of concern to UK small businesses.

To close, thankfully some positive news! Crowdcube has announced that it has hit a milestone in terms of £1 million plus equity raises. The news shows that far from being suitable for small finance requirements, equity crowdfunding is meeting the needs of larger, more ambitious business owners.

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British Business Bank Finance, Support for Vulnerable Businesses, and Mid-Size Business Optimism – BFB 225

Posted on: July 28th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We often share news of how the British Business Bank has supported lenders by providing funding for on-lending to growing businesses. We open this Bulletin by taking a look at the British Business Bank’s contribution to improving access to finance as detailed in their latest Annual Report.

New research carried about by the Lending Standards Board and Business Debtline has revealed that lenders need to provide more support to vulnerable business owners. We look at how these two bodies can assist businesses which find themselves in challenging situations.

In recent Bulletins we have featured news that small businesses are feeling less than optimistic about their prospects. However, according to latest research from Nat West, mid-sized businesses are feeling more confident about the economy and their business performance over the next 12 months.

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