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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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Fraud Prevention, Brexit Preparation Support and Starling Bank Online Portal – BFB 270

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Banking fraud continues to be on the rise. To open this Bulletin, we share findings from UK Finance on the level of frauds reported in the first half of 2019. From the perspective of businesses, we look at how you can avoid being the victim of Authorised Push Payment scams.

With Brexit inching ever closer, how prepared are small businesses? We look at a survey from the FSB revealing the state of preparedness of businesses which say they would be negatively impacted by a no-deal Brexit. We also have news from Barclays on a number of Brexit roadshows they are hosting in October and November.

Finally, a look at Starling Bank’s announcement that they are launching an online web portal for their business customers to complement their mobile banking app.

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Impact of Late Payment, Nat West Rapid Cash Launch and Borrowing Appetite – BFB 265

Posted on: July 6th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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As well as being a barrier to growth, late payment has other negative knock-on implications. To open this Bulletin we take a look at the findings of a survey carried out by Xero and PayPal which reveals that the victims of late payment find themselves unable to pay their own suppliers.

One way of speeding up cashflow is to open an Invoice Discounting facility. To make it easier and to offer greater flexibility than traditional facilities, Nat West has launched its Rapid Cash service. Similar to an overdraft, Rapid Cash provides swift access to cash.

When it comes to investment for growth the FSB has found that small businesses are reluctant to do so in the current climate. Yet businesses are still borrowing but for what purpose?

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Tackling Late Payment, Thin Cats Funding and Barclays Brexit Workshops – BFB 246

Posted on: February 23rd, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To start our latest Bulletin, a call from the FSB for the Chancellor to take a tough stance on late payment. With the annual Spring Statement a few weeks away, the FSB is seeking three commitments from the government to tackle late payment.

To support small businesses in need of finance, we have news from the British Business Bank that its subsidiary, British Business Investments, has made £20m available to alternative lender Thin Cats. Could you use a slice of that funding?

No Bulletin would be the same without the mention of that ‘B’ word! To close, an announcement from Barclays that is it to hold a series of Brexit Workshops across the UK in March to help business owners plan ahead.

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Lloyds 2019 Lending Plans, Asset Finance Usage and the Prompt Payment Code – BFB 241

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We open our latest Bulletin with the announcement from Lloyds as to how much lending it will be committing to UK businesses in 2019. The funding pot will be available to all businesses but with an emphasis on those businesses looking to export for the first time.

The Finance and Leasing Association has released up to date figures on the volume of business written by its members. The level of asset finance transactions is always a good indicator of how business owners are feeling, and the recent figures are a mix of good and bad news.

To close, we look at the call from the FSB for a review of the Prompt Payment Code. This voluntary code is designed to curb late payment, but 12 months on from the Carillion collapse the FSB wants to see it strengthened.

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Access to Finance, Nat West Mobile-Only Service, and Self Employed Debt Levels – BFB 234

Posted on: November 10th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses has highlighted concerns that growth is being held back by restricted access to finance. Is that the case or is there something else going on?

We look at the announcement from Nat West of the launch of Mettle, its new mobile-only banking service. Operating as a standalone service, Mettle is in pilot phase and seeking small business owner to be part of the trial to assist in future development.

To close this Bulletin, concerns from Business Debt Line, a charity which assists small business owners who have got into financial difficulty, that debt levels are on the rise. It’s calling for various support measures for smaller businesses to help them through difficult times.

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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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Late Payment Impact, Business Borrowing Experience, and PayPal Working Capital Facility – BFB 214

Posted on: May 12th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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How does late payment affect small business owners? That’s a question posed by The Prompt Payment Directory in its annual late payment survey. The report reveals that many small business owners personally suffer when payments are delayed.

Findings from a new FSB study highlight that some small businesses still struggle when it comes to raising finance. What holds them back and are they deterred from applying for finance?

To close this Bulletin, we share news of how PayPal has become a rising star on the alternative finance scene. Over the last 12 months the PayPal Working Capital facility has supported an increasing number of businesses with much needed cash. We look at how the facility works and the cost.

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Barclays Green Trade Loan, Business Insolvencies and Xero on Late Payments – BFB Epsd 213

Posted on: May 5th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open our latest Bulletin, news of how businesses involved in sustainable activities can now benefit from a tailored finance solution offered by Barclays Bank. The Green Trade Loan is aimed at supporting environmentally-focused businesses in need of working capital.

Turning to more sobering news, we review first quarter figures released by The Insolvency Service on the number of businesses entering insolvency arrangements. Unfortunately, the statistics show an increase compared to the first quarter of 2017.

To close this Bulletin, interesting findings from Xero, the online accounting software provider, and the FSB about late payment experience among its clients and members. If you undertake work with larger businesses or public sector, you are more likely to get hit by delayed payments.

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Revolut Bank, British Business Bank Support and Business Confidence – BFB Epsd 208

Posted on: March 31st, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To start our latest Business Finance Bulletin, news from Revolut Bank, an internet and mobile-only bank which we have not featured before. Revolut has announced forthcoming enhancements to its service offering which will provide wider benefits to its 16,000 business customers.

The British Business Bank, the government’s home for its finance programmes, has supported two more challenger lenders in their aim to broaden access to finance. Aldermore and 1pm will be using the finance schemes to widen the reach of their asset finance products.

Business confidence appears to be strengthening. That’s the message coming out from two surveys undertaken by the FSB and Lloyds Bank. However, there are still a number of factors holding businesses back when it comes to pursuing growth.

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