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What’s Ahead for Small Businesses, New Lenders and Updates on Bounce Back Loans and CBILS

Posted on: June 22nd, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Starting this week’s Bulletin, with businesses either back trading or gearing up to open the doors, we look at surveys from Aldermore Bank and UK Finance which reveal how businesses see the next 12 months in terms of borrowing and growth.

The British Business Bank announces accreditation of more new lenders on the Bounce Back and CBILS loan schemes. Are we at the stage where there are enough on the panel of lenders?

To close, we review the latest figures on the two loan schemes and consider why the number of unsuccessful CBILS applications remains stubbornly high.

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Business Finance Bulletin · What’s Ahead for Small Businesses, New Lenders and Updates on Bounce Back Loans and CBILS

Using your CBILS and Bounce Back Cash; Business Confidence; and Latest Support Loan Figures

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Kicking off the latest Business Finance Bulletin, with businesses now in receipt of CBILS and Bounce Back Loans, what can you do with the cash? We look at one use you should think very carefully about before pushing the button.

Naturally, business confidence has taken a hit over the last few months. I discuss how confidence levels are faring and review a survey from Aldermore Bank on the impact on business income since the lockdown.

To close, our regular look at the CBILS and Bounce Back Loan statistics. How many businesses have taken advantage of this government support scheme?

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Business Finance Bulletin · Using your CBILS and Bounce Back Cash; Business Confidence; and Latest Support Loan Figures

CBILS Update, Business Confidence and Entrepreneurial Aspirations – BFB 297

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We open this Bulletin with an update on the CBILS performance. How are the accredited lenders doing in terms of getting money out to businesses in need of support? Will the launch of the Bounce Back Loans help those businesses which failed to access funding under CBILS?

We look at surveys carried out by Lloyds Bank and Hitachi Capital Business Finance which, not surprisingly, reveal that business confidence has taken a severe knock over the last two months.

To close, on a positive note The Pitch, the start up competition organiser, finds that some people are now turning their thoughts to starting a business.

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Business Finance Bulletin · CBILS Update, Business Confidence and Entrepreneurial Aspirations – BFB 297

Access to Finance Shrinks; Business Confidence and Cashflow; and Young Entrepreneurs Grant – BFB 294

Posted on: April 6th, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open this week’s Bulletin, we look at the knock-on effect of changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and general lender reaction to the crisis which has jointly led to a fall in the availability of finance.

Evidence is now emerging of the impact the virus is having on businesses. We review a report from the British Chambers of Commerce which reveals reduced confidence and the limited level of cash reserves businesses have set aside to cover expenses.

To close, news of a grant scheme established by The Princes Trust and Nat West to specifically help young entrepreneurs meet costs and invest in new equipment.

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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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