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Business Borrowing Apathy, Business Confidence and Equity Finance – BFB 222

Posted on: July 7th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We open our latest Bulletin with findings from a new survey undertaken by the British Chamber of Commerce which reveals that businesses continue to shun debt. Other than taking on finance to support day-to-day cashflow, the report highlights how businesses are becoming apathetic towards debt, particularly for medium to long-term investment.

The key reason for the unwillingness to seek new finance is a lack of confidence in the economy. This is borne out in the latest Lloyds Bank monthly Business Barometer report, which finds that business confidence levels plunged in May. What’s driving this?

Finally, we close on a positive note! New research from the British Business Bank finds the more businesses are accessing growth finance by selling equity. The annual Small Business Equity Tracker report reveals that 2017 saw a jump in both deal numbers and average deal size. Could you access equity to fund your growth plans?

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Financial Implications of a Cyber Attack, Starling Bank Business Account & Crowdcube Campaign – BFB Epsd 209

Posted on: April 7th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Cyber-attacks and cyber security never seem far from the headlines these days. If you were hit, what would be the financial implication for your business and could you withstand the impact? That’s a question posed by Lloyds Bank in a recent survey. What can you do to protect yourself? One way includes checking your IT system with companies such as www.pisys.net

The charge of the mobile-only banks continues. We look at the announcement from Starling Bank of the launch of its business account service. What features does the account have for businesses keen to switch to mobile-only banking?

We finish this edition with news from Crowdcube, the equity raising crowdfunding platform, that over the next five years it’s aiming to double the number of deals originated outside of London and the South East.

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Carillion Small Business Fallout, Tax Payment Options and Crowdcube in 2017 – BFB Epsd 198

Posted on: January 20th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The liquidation of the construction giant Carillion has dominated the business news headlines. As well as affecting its employees, small businesses in the Carillion supply chain will take a substantial finance hit. What can you do to protect yourself from the failure of one of your largest clients?

As the deadline to pay your Self Assessment tax approaches, many self employed sole traders are faced with a potential payment problem following HMRC’s announcement that it will no longer accept credit cards. If you had planned to spread your tax payments by settling your bill by card, what are your options?

Raising growth finance via selling equity continues to be a popular source of funding for start-ups and growing businesses. One such company to benefit is equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. To close this Bulletin, we look at the figures behind Crowdcube’s record-breaking 2017.

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Zombie Businesses, Sourcing Alternative Finance and Finding Angel Investors – BFB Epsd 190

Posted on: November 11th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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A scary start to our latest Bulletin with a look at zombie businesses! According to a recent survey from Begbies Traynor, zombie businesses are on the rise. What are they and how can you avoid doing business with them?

Entrepreneurial age gaps often lead to different views in business and finance is no different. We look at findings from Worldpay which highlights the difference between younger and older generation entrepreneurs when it comes to sourcing and accessing alternative finance.

If you’re setting up a niche business or running a high-growth enterprise, equity is one popular avenue of funding. But how do you find Angel Investors for example? We share news of a service launched by the UK Business Angels Association designed to help businesses and investors find each other.

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Business Growth Fund Investments, Retail Sector Late Payers, & Cashflow Forecasts – BFB Epsd 146

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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As the Business Growth Fund celebrates its 5th birthday, in this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin, we look at the level of support it has been giving growing businesses in need of finance.

Late payment affects many small businesses, but a new report from Ormsby Street sheds light on which business is the worst late payer out of all the High Street retailers. If you supply this business, then you need to manage your cashflow very carefully.

Staying with cashflow, we look why actively planning your cashflow requirements is important, especially with the year-end approaching.

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Bank Referral Scheme Launch, Insolvency on the Up, SME Finance Updates – BFB Epsd 144

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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After 18 months in the planning the government’s Bank Referral Scheme has been launched. In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at how the scheme is designed to improve small business access to finance.

Despite post-Brexit confidence remaining relatively high we take a look at the latest statistics from the Insolvency Service, which reveals an up-tick in the number of businesses going down the insolvency route.

On a more positive note we close the Bulletin looking at news from the Bank of England that bank lending to small businesses continues to rise. We also share news from Crowdcube on how they are supporting a record number of businesses looking to raise finance by selling equity.

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Banks Saying ‘No’, Equity Funding, Late Payment & Cashflow Summertime Blues – BFB Epsd 124

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin, we open with a look at the findings of a survey carried out by alternative finance provider Amicus on the number of businesses getting a ‘no’ from their banks.

Selling shares in a business to raise capital is often extremely low on an entrepreneur’s radar and yet findings from the British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker Report reveal that the amounts invested are on the increase.

When it comes to late payment we often associated the problem with fellow business owners but what about individuals? We take a look at an unexpected reason as to why this category of customers pay late.

As summer approaches, for many small business owners it’s a case of cashflow summertime blues. A survey from Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance reveals that July can be a tricky time for businesses. What can you do to avoid suffering from cashflow blues?

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 89: Ethical Business Loans, EIS & SEIS, Crowdfunding & Profit vs Cash

Posted on: September 18th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow features ethical business lender Fair Business Loans and how after 10 years focusing on the London market they are spreading their wings to assist SMEs across the UK.

Rob reviews the findings from a recent Institute of Directors report on the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, which reveal that more needs to be done to raise awareness of how both businesses and private investors can make better use of the schemes .

Turning to crowdfunding Rob shares news of a collaboration between KPMG and crowdfunding platform Invest Den designed to provide support and guidance to those SMEs looking to raise funding.

If you are already using an invoice discounting line Rob looks at a new facility, Liquidity Plus, from Close Bros which potentially can release up to 100% of an invoice; a useful boost if working capital is tight.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week a look at the difference between profit and cash!

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Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 69: Growth Finance, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurial Activity, Bank Lending

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin episode Rob Warlow looks at a recent report from the British Business Bank on the low level of awareness and activity in selling equity to raise growth finance.

If you are sold on the idea of selling equity Rob looks at Crowdcube’s statistics for the first quarter of 2015. Crowdcube are demonstrating how raising growth finance via the crowd can work.

The latest Entrepreneurs Index from Barclays and the Business Growth Fund reveals a strong growth in the number of UK start ups but offset by an apparent slowdown in fast-growth companies. And in terms of business confidence generally Rob looks at the latest survey from Lloyds Bank which reveals growing levels of optimism amongst businesses.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week a clip from a live seminar in which Rob talks about the importance to the bank of the purpose of your loan request and how you are going to use the money.

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Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 65: Business Growth Bank Lending, New Banks & Selling Equity

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at evidence of a continued increase in confidence amongst small business owners with positive news from a survey carried out by Hitachi Capital.

Rob also looks at signs that the success rate in getting a ‘yes’ from banks is on the up according to the FSB’s latest Voice of Small Business Index. According to this latest report businesses are also reporting how profits are on the up and there is more interest in hiring staff. All positive signs for the economy.

Turning to alternative lenders Rob shares news of a possible new entrant into the banking market with Civilised Bank looking to launch later in the year focusing on the SME market.

Funding growth via selling equity has often been a mental stumbling block for many business owners but Rob looks at a report from the British Business Bank which reveals that more businesses are considering it as a viable option to raising cash.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob chats with Dr Paul Thomas of DNA Definitive in which he shares a number of key issues that growing businesses should be aware of.

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