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Avoiding Another Credit Crunch; Dramatic Fall in Asset Finance Demand; and CBILS & Bounce Back Loan Usage

Posted on: August 10th, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Opening this Business Finance Bulletin, fears of another Credit Crunch are mounting with the Bank of England calling on banks to play their part in meeting funding needs as business start gearing back up.

The latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association reveal how demand for Asset Finance facilities has dramatically fallen over the last quarter. We look at the two factors which are driving this decline.

To close, a review of which areas of the UK have taken the most CBILS and Bounce Back Loans, and the latest figures on how many loans have been accessed by businesses in need of finance.

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Business Finance Bulletin · Avoiding Another Credit Crunch; Fall in Asset Finance Demand; and CBILS & Bounce Back Loan Usage

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Business Finance Bulletin for Week of 10th August 2020

The Bank of England calls on banks to help avoid another credit crunch; economic woes are affecting demand for Asset Finance ; and the areas and sectors in the UK that are using CBILS and Bounce Bank loans; all of this in the latest Business Finance Bulletin.

Calls to Avoid Another Credit Crunch

In a previous bulletin I mentioned that I had concerns that we may be seeing another credit crunch by the tail end of this year, and certainly in 2021. Well, it seems that the Bank of England also have similar concerns.

One of the many committees the Bank of England has is the Financial Policy Committee. That committee has responsibility to monitor and oversee risks that the UK economy could face. The latest committee report has suggested they are concerned that banks may not be there to meet the cash requirements of UK businesses.

The committee estimates that there’s probably going to be about £200 billion demand for finance as businesses come out of lockdown and start growing again. One concern is that the banks may not be there to meet that demand. Now, the committee recognises that the banks have done extremely well in supporting businesses before and during lockdown, with an estimated £70 billion of net borrowing distributed; net borrowing, means new money lent out, less money’s paid back.

Of course there are alternative sources of finance. And one thing that popped up last week, IWOCA, an alternative cashflow lender has tapped into a £100 million of funding. It has gone to all of the UK banks and said, “If you’re not happy to support your clients, we further them over to us.” We can see that the alternative finance sector is already stepping into the gap that perhaps may be left by the banks. Interesting developments, so watch this space in order to make sure that you are ahead of the game when it comes to raising finance,

That’s a huge slug of money, primarily sourced via CBILs and Bounce Back Loans. However, with this £200 billion gap, the Bank of England wants to make sure that the banks are there to meet that demand. They are concerned that with insolvencies going to be on the increase, the banks are going to be faced with even bigger losses and therefore will contract and step back from the market in order to conserve their capital. Obviously the Bank of England doesn’t want that, so it’s making an early call to banks to say, “Hey banks, we’re watching you. We want you to be out there supporting UK businesses in 2021”.

Fall in Demand for Asset Finance

Let’s move on now to demand for finance and interesting figures out from the Finance and Leasing Association. Its members are responsible for issuing facilities such as HP and leasing to finance the purchase of capital and machinery.

The figures are for June 2020 and in the month of June, 2020, compared to the month of June, 2019, the total volumes of business written by that sector was down by 41%. That just shows how big the change in the market has been. If we look at the first six months of 2020 versus the first six months of 2019 there, the drop in the volume of business was down by 32%. If we look at the last quarter, the second quarter of 2020 versus the second quarter of 2019, the drop has been a massive 49% in terms of volumes of business written, yes, nearly 50% drop.

What’s driving this?

There are two things. First of all, it’s lack of investment appetite amongst businesses. Many of them are very cautious at the moment, sitting back and watching the market and really don’t want to commit to any capital expenditure at the moment. However, on the other side, we’ve also got many businesses which do want to invest, and instead of obtaining finance have said that they are going to use funds, released via Bounce Bank loans, and CBILs loans. Yes, they’re going to use cash instead of using finance facilities. So, two things at play here.

CBILS and Bounce Back Loan Updates

Closing this week’s Bulletin, our usual look at what’s going on in the CBILs and Bounce Back Loan market. Now, before I take my usual look at the number of facilities drawn, I want to review a report issued by the British Business Bank, which focuses on areas and also sectors that have accessed these government loan support schemes.

First of all, CBILs loans outside of London and the Southeast, where many of businesses are based, it’s businesses based in the East of England that have taken out the most CBILs loans. In terms of Bounce Back Loans, again, excluding London and the Southeast, it’s businesses based in the Northwest, who’ve taken out the largest number of Bounce Back loans. If we look across the UK in terms of where businesses are registered and who’s accessed loans, it’s quite evenly spread and the numbers kind of match each other. It’s good to see a good even spread of businesses accessing support.

In terms of what’s going on in the scheme, figures to the 2nd of August have been released and in total, the amount accessed via the scheme now stands at £50.7 billion. How does this break down? In terms of Bounce Back loans, the number of loans distributed stand at 1,135,575 with £34.3 billion issued, at an approval rate of 82%.

In terms of CBILs loans, the number of loans distributed stands at 58,595 with £13.1 billion issued with an approval rate of 49%, a slight dip on the kind of average of 50%. So again, many businesses still unable to access CBILs. As I’ve mentioned over time, with the CBILs loans coming out with very low acceptance rates, don’t forget, there are many alternative providers out there who can step into that funding gap and help you out. We can see lots of businesses still accessing these schemes, but don’t forget the CBILs ends at the end of September. So, if you’re thinking of applying, you need to get in quick,

Wrap Up

That’s it for another Bulletin and I hope you enjoyed watching. If you did, please, don’t forget to subscribe to this channel and also give it a like and, a share. That’s it, and I look forward to being with you again, next time. And in the meantime, have a great successful, profitable and safe week.

Asset Finance Forbearance, New Lenders on Government Lending Schemes and Small Business Funding

Posted on: June 15th, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Opening the latest Business Finance Bulletin, we look at figures released by the Finance and Leasing Association which reveal how many requests the sector has had for payment forbearance. We also review the volume of Asset Finance business written in April, which not unexpectedly has seen a sharp drop.

The British Business Bank continues to accredit new lenders offering Bounce Bank Loans, CBILS and the larger CBILS facility. The weekly running total of the amounts lent under all three schemes continues to increase and proving to be a lifeline for businesses.

To wrap up this Bulletin, a survey from Nucleus Commercial Finance finds that some small business owners are injecting funds from personal savings to keep their business afloat.

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Business Finance Bulletin · Asset Finance Forbearance, New Lenders on Government Lending Schemes and Small Business Funding

Financing Cashflow, Identifying Export Opportunities and Asset Finance vs Bank Lending – BFB 288

Posted on: February 23rd, 2020 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Opening this Bulletin, a review of the latest Small Business Index survey from the FSB which reveals that business finance is primarily being used to supplement cashflow as opposed to investment. Will this continue in 2020?

Firms looking to export for the first time can find it challenging identifying opportunities and associated risks. To solve this problem, the trade credit insurer Euler Hermes has launched a free-to-use tool for budding exporters.

To wrap up, news from the Asset Finance sector on how 2019 volumes outstripped traditional bank lending. What assets financed saw the most growth last year?

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Company Administrations, Asset Finance Slowdown and TSB Free Banking – BFB 274

Posted on: October 28th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We open this week’s Bulletin with a look at analysis from KMPG which reveals a jump in company Administrations in the third quarter of this year. Reflecting pressures being felt in the economy the increase is not a good sign for the remainder of this year.

Following a strong growth in 2019, the Asset Finance sector has succumbed to the lack of confidence in terms of business investment. We review the latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association report which highlight stalled growth in terms of volumes of business being written.

To close this Bulletin, with bank charges often a bone of contention, good news from TSB of an extension of its Free Banking offer for start ups and businesses switching their banking.

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Barriers to Growth, HSBC Green Finance Products and Asset Finance Sector Performance – BFB 266

Posted on: July 13th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst you may have ambitions to grow your business there are often barriers put in your way. What are the barriers which businesses face? That’s a question asked by Hitachi Capital in their latest Business Barometer survey series. Do you experience any of these barriers?

Becoming a more sustainable business is increasingly appearing on business radars. However, financing environmentally friendly projects can prevent change. We look at a new range of Green-focused finance packages launched by HSBC.

To close this Bulletin, our monthly look at activity levels in the asset finance sector from the Finance & Leasing Association. As a gauge of how confident businesses are in terms of investment spend, how are businesses feeling?

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Small Businesses vs Big Businesses, Asset Finance Activity and FreeAgent Open Banking – BFB 262

Posted on: June 15th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open our latest Bulletin a look at a new survey from Menzies LLP which sheds light on how small businesses feel about their larger counterparts. Whilst there may be disadvantages to being small, the survey reveals several positives when it comes to competition.

We take our monthly look at activity levels in the Asset Finance sector which highlights how the volumes of business being transacted contrasts with that seen in the High Street banks.

To close, news from FreeAgent, the cloud accounting software provider, that it has signed up to Open Banking. We look at how this will prove beneficial to the nine banks within the Open Banking regime.

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British Business Bank Development Finance, Credit4 SME Finance and Asset Finance Statistics – BFB 257

Posted on: May 11th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Smaller property developers can find it a challenge when it comes to raising finance. To kickstart the latest Bulletin we look at the initial announcement from the British Business Bank on its ENABLE Build Guarantee which will focus on assisting smaller property developers access finance.

Credit4 is a niche lender supporting small businesses in need of flexible finance solutions. To allow them to back their increasing number of clients, Credit4 has announced it has secured additional funding. Could they fund your growth plans?

To close, our regular review of how the Asset Finance sector is performing. Once again, growth in volumes of HP and Leasing arrangements is beating expectations against the background of flat small business confidence levels.

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Boost Capital and Open Banking, Checking Your Credit Score and Asset Finance Growth – BFB 250

Posted on: March 23rd, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The term Open Banking may still be a mystery to many people, but more lenders are beginning to adopt the technology and benefits it brings. We open our latest Bulletin with news that Boost Capital, the short term business finance provider, has embraced Open Banking to speed up the processing of finance applications.

New research from Experian, the credit reference agency, reveals that a high proportion of people have never checked their personal credit score. We look at why it’s important to do so, especially prior to applying for business finance. In the Bulletin we mentioned a longer video with tips on how to improve your business credit score.

To close, our regular look at activity in the asset finance sector. The latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association show that in January, usage of asset finance bucked the trend in terms of appetite to invest.

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Open Banking, Barclays Small Business Finance and Accessing Asset Finance – BFB 223

Posted on: July 14th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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At the beginning of 2018, Open Banking was launched. Designed to improve access to finance by streamlining the application process, Liberis, an alternative finance provider, has announced its first use of Open Banking technology to renew one of its client’s borrowing facilities. The banking revolution is now underway.

Barclays Bank has announced two new initiatives to increase the level of support it provides to small businesses. Firstly, we look at the bank’s use of a £300m ENABLE Guarantee granted by the British Business Bank to boost Asset Finance usage. Barclays has also announced the doubling of its unsecured overdraft and business loan limits.

To close this Bulletin, we review the latest Asset Finance statistics from the Finance and Leasing Association. The statistics to May reveal that following a slow start to 2018, Asset Finance volumes jumped in May with strong performance in purchase of commercial vehicles and plant and machinery.

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Reluctance to Borrow, Governance and Payment Practices Review and Asset Finance – BFB Epsd 207

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Are small businesses increasingly reluctant to borrow? According to findings in the latest SME Finance Monitor Report that appears to be the case. What are the factors holding businesses back from approaching lenders?

Following the Carillion liquidation, concerns continue to be expressed about how larger businesses deal with their smaller counterparts. Is there a failure in UK corporate governance, particularly when it comes to payment practices? That’s a question being posed in a consultation paper issued by the government. Do you have comments or ideas to share?

Despite the apparent overall reluctance to borrow, we close our Bulletin by reviewing the latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association. The statistics for business transacted to January 2018 reveal steady growth in the use of this form of finance.

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