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High Risk Business Loans, Creditsafe Quarterly Business Review and Bank Complaints – BFB 231

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 agency, which has a mix of surprisingly positive news on sales growth and a less positive outlook on a potential growth in late payment.

To close this Bulletin, good news from the Financial Conduct Authority with its announcement that from next year small business owners will be able to refer complaints about their bank to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Finally, small businesses have an option to pursue complaints which doesn’t involve going to Court.

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Housebuilder Finance, Where Businesses are Borrowing and Asset Finance Funding – BFB 230

Posted on: October 13th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 when they apply for finance? We continue our look at findings from the latest SME Finance Monitor Report and reveal where businesses in need of finance are turning to. Despite strained relationships between banks and small businesses, the High Street banks remain the first port of call.

As an alternative source of finance, the Asset Finance sector continues to be an important avenue of funding for growing businesses. The latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association show a busy August in terms of volume of business written. How does it look over 12 months though?

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Businesses Cautious on Borrowing, Curbing Late Payment and Regional Angel Investors – BFB 229

Posted on: October 6th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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 has been another constant problem we have regularly featured in our Bulletins. In an effort to curb late payment the Government has called for thoughts from businesses on how it can tackle this problem. Do you have an idea to contribute?

To close this Bulletin, a look at a new £100m fund launched by the British Business Bank. With a large portion of angel investment focused on the South East, the Regional Angels Programme aims to improve access to early stage equity finance across the whole of the UK.

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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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Peer-to-Peer Lending Continues to Grow

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,
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The alternative finance market continues to power ahead in terms of support provided to businesses and individuals. The latest figures released by the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) reveals that the peer-to-peer lending industry lent £750 million which brings the total lent by its members to just under £10 billion.

The P2PFA was established in 2011 as a representative and self-regulatory body for peer-to-peer lending in the UK. There are 8 members of the Association being Crowdstacker; Folk 2 Folk; Funding Circle; Landbay; Lending Works; Marketinvoice; Thin Cats, and Zopa.
The Association has reported that new member’s lending to businesses and individuals has grown by almost £100 million quarter-on-quarter over the last year.

To demonstrate how peer-to-peer is now going mainstream, the Association has highlighted that net lending (defined as total lending minus repayments) of £191 million over the same period was greater by £60 billion than the combined net lending of the major high street banks which stood at £130 million.

On average, three quarters of the lending support UK small businesses. The disparity between the P2P lenders and the traditional High St banks is further highlighted by the latest figures from UK Finance which show that in the 12 months to August 2018, bank lending to businesses fell by 2.1%.

The P2P sector continues to fill a gap being left by the banks and no doubt has been a lifeline for many small businesses.

Sourcing Finance for Growth – Business Loan Services

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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Mandate Fraud, Accessing Growth Finance and HSBC’s 2018 SME Fund – BFB 227

Posted on: September 22nd, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Financial fraud can be complex but sometimes a fraud can be relatively simple. We open our latest Bulletin with findings from research undertaken by RSM into the rising frequency of mandate fraud. What is it and what can you do to avoid being taken in by this fraud?

According to a new survey carried out by the British Business Bank, appetite among small businesses to grow is strong. We share how many are entrepreneurs are held back by a lack of awareness as to where to find appropriate finance.

To close, news from HSBC of the launch of its 5th SME Fund, which sets aside cash specifically for UK small businesses. We look at how the latest Fund has a particular focus on supporting smaller businesses who want to increase exports.

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Barclays and Marketinvoice, Company Insolvencies, and Business Borrowing – BFB 226

Posted on: August 4th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In recent Bulletins, we have shared news of various collaborations between finance providers. The latest is an announcement from Barclays Bank of a tie-up with online Invoice Discounting firm MarketInvoice. This is another example of Old World meets New World.

The most recent statistics to Quarter 2 2018 on company insolvencies has been released by the Insolvency Service. Not surprisingly, but not of any less concern, is the news that insolvencies are on the rise. What impact will the latest increase in Interest Rates have on those businesses already struggling?

To close this Bulletin, our monthly look at borrowing levels among small business. Once again, from the latest Bank of England and UK Finance figures, business owners still appear to be reluctant to borrow and instead are busy hoarding cash.

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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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Business Borrowing Appetite, Finance Collaboration, and Company Failures – BFB 224

Posted on: July 21st, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open this Bulletin, we review findings from the latest SME Finance Monitor Report which reveals a continued fall in the number of businesses looking to borrow money. The spectre of Brexit and a general uneasiness about the economy appears to be haunting business owners.

For those businesses which are looking to borrow then easily finding a finance source can be time consuming; that’s where collaboration between operators in the finance sector can help. We look at how Starling Bank and Growth Street is one example of businesses joining forces to improve access to finance.

To close, Creditsafe the company credit rating agency, has issued its latest 3-monthly review which highlights a startling increase in both the number of corporate failures and bad debts. At least the report contains one bit of positive news to close this Bulletin!

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