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What Is a Business Plan?

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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What is a Business Plan? This is a question asked by many business owners who are looking for business finance from their bank. In this clip, Rob Warlow from Business Loan Services shares his thoughts on what a Business Plan is.

Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 106: A Late Payment and Cashflow Fest

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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This episode of the Business Finance Bulletin is a late payment and cashflow fest. Poor cashflow and management of late payment is one of the biggest barriers facing small business owners when it comes to planning for growth.

In this episode Rob Warlow looks at the latest research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance which uncovers the extent of the amount of cash trapped in overdue payments.

But what’s the solution to this problem?

The first way out Rob looks at is a new crowdfunding invoice discounter which can unlock cash so releasing much needed working capital to fund growth.

The second service is a new innovative support platform launched by a business owner who suffered from the effects of late payment. The service provides guidance and tools designed to ensure prompt payment by your suppliers. Could this work for you?

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob gives some tips on writing a one-page Business Plan.

If you would prefer to listen to the podcast version you can click below or download to listen to later via our Soundcloud, Stitcher or itunes channel.

Podcast-Only Business Finance Bulletin Episode 100

Posted on: December 6th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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Because our usual weekly Business Finance Bulletin included outtakes and fails to celebrate the 100th episode, this didn’t fit our usual podcast version. In order that those who prefer to download and listn don’t miss out we have recorded a ‘podcast-only’ episode in which we look at preparing a cashflow forecast, success rates in getting business finance, the Loan Appeal process, extension of the Funding for Lending Scheme and writing a Business Plan.

To listen in just click below or you can access our Soundcloud channel to download for later listening. You can also access via our itunes channel.

If you want to watch the video version of Episode 100 including all the outtakes and fails just click below and have a laugh!

Writing a Business Plan: The Executive Summary

Posted on: November 15th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,
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When writing a Business Plan to raise finance an Executive Summary is an important part of the document. In this interview BLS’ Rob Warlow explains why this is and how it can help the bank in reviewing your business finance request.

Business Finance Bulletin Xtra: How to Write an Effective Business Plan

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,
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Continuing the series of interviews that BLS’s Rob Warlow did on raising finance in this second podcast Rob talks about what goes into writing an effective Business Plan for banks.

In this podcast Rob shares his thoughts on the key points you need to address and gives a simple template to follow.

You can listen to this podcast by clicking below, or downloading it. You can also get it on our Business Finance Bulletin itunes channel.

Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 60: Angel Investors, Crowdfunding, and Business Planning

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at a report from the Centre for Entrepreneurs and the UK Business Angels Association on how the UK is becoming a nation of angels… but who are these angel investors and how can they benefit your business?

The statistics on how the crowdfunding industry did in 2014 are in with news from the Peer to Peer Finance Association on how the sector doubled the amount it lent in the previous 12 months. With the recent news of banks beginning to partner up with the new kids on the block crowdfunding is starting to come of age.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob looks at recent research from Barclays Bank on how business owners should embrace the merits of having a Business Plan. But does your Business Plan have to be the size of War and Peace?

If you would prefer to listen to the podcast version of this edition of the Business Finance Bulletin then click below or click the download button to upload to your phone or PC.

Business Finance Bulletin No 50: The Rise in Crowdfunding, Banking Review, and SME Worries

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the 50th edition of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks back over the last 12 months and how the business finance landscape has changed.

Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending is one of the growth areas and Rob reviews a report on the sector undertaken by NESTA which highlights this rapid growth.

Rob also looks at the news of a forthcoming review into the banking sector to be carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority.

What keeps small business owners awake at night is a question posed by the ICAEW and it may not be what you think.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week, a clip from a live seminar in which Rob Warlow shares his thoughts on when it’s best to share your Business Plan with the bank.

If you prefer you can also listen to this week’s episode as a podcast and download to your phone. To either listen or download simply click below via our SoundCloud page.

Business Finance Bulletin No 48: Types of Business Finance, Late Payment, Crowdfunding & Business Plans

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at a recent survey from Hilton Baird Financial Solutions examining the different sources of finance businesses are using today.

The Prompt Payment Code was designed to encourage businesses to treat suppliers fairly and minimise late payment but it could work better and Rob looks at a new Advisory Body set up to improve standards.

Sticking with late payment, a survey from Lovetts, a commercial debt litigator reveals that the amounts outstanding to businesses is on the rise. Watch your cashflow!

Awareness of crowdfunding is on the rise and Rob has news from the Chamber of Commerce of a series of roadshows being run in conjunction with crowdlender ArchOver designed to inform business owners about the options available to them.

Rob also has news that PWC have tied up with MarketInvoice to offer invoice discounting solutions to its clients and in the Business Finance Tip of the Week a look at why business owners hate writing Business Plans!

If you prefer to listen to this week’s Bulletin on your phone or in your car then you can download it as a podcast by clicking the ‘download’ image on the SoundCloud player below.

Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 43: Start Up Finance, Alternative Finance Awards, Funding Knight & 1 Page Business Plans

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at the challenges facing start ups when it comes to raising finance with a recent Angels Den survey identifying two key issues.

The UK alternative finance industry has held a celebratory awards evening and Rob looks at who the winning crowdfunding platforms are.

There is also a look at a new borrowing service launched by crowdlender Funding Knight and how it has revised upwards the maximum amount they will lend.

Rob also discussed the lessons from the news that Tescos had got its financial reporting wrong by overstating its profits and in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob shares his thoughts on one page Business Plans.

You can also listen to this week’s Bulletin below or simply download it to your phone.

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