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Open Banking Benefits, Late Payment Naming and Shaming and Brexit Planning Advice – BFB 240

Posted on: January 12th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To kickstart our first Bulletin of 2019, a look at new research into the benefits of Open Banking. Following its launch 12 months ago, a survey reveals the level of awareness of what Open Banking has to offer and the benefits business owners say it brings.

The Small Business Commissioner, in conjunction with Lloyds Bank, has taken a look at the impact reporting requirements for large businesses has had on their payment practices. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is clearly still work to do in order to minimise instances of late payment.

With the Brexit date looming, we look at the latest government initiative to help businesses plan ahead for the proposed changes. The launch of an Exit EU website is designed to assist business owners identify how they will be affected and actions they can take.

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Northern Ireland Growth Finance Fund, Tackling Late Payment and Bank Complaints Process – BFB 238

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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We start our latest Bulletin with good news for businesses located in Northern Ireland with the announcement of the launch of the Northern Ireland Growth Finance Fund. With three major contributors including the British Business Bank, the fund will support businesses in the region with growth ambitions.

It’s 12 months since the Small Business Commissioner role was established. With the key focus being on containing late payment and acting as an arbiter between small and larger businesses, what progress has been made in its first year?

Complaints from small businesses about banks are common place, but for many businesses, they have no formal complaint process outside of the bank’s own internal department. We look at news that a voluntary process has been agreed between key UK banks which will help larger SMEs to resolve complaints.

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Government Launches Small Business Commissioner to Help Resolve Payment Disputes

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,
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If you are one of the estimated 20% of small businesses which have run in to cash flow problems due to late payments, then help may finally be at hand.

The government has finally launched the complaint handling service of the Small Business Commissioner to ensure fair payment practices for small businesses. This follows the appointment of Paul Uppal to the role of Small Business Commissioner in October 2017.

The Commissioner’s website has also gone live, providing guidance on payment issues including how to take action if a payment is overdue.

Margot James, Small Business Minister, says that £14 billion is owed to UK small businesses and estimates that taking action on late payment could potentially deliver a £2.5 billion annual boost to the economy.

The Small Business Commissioner’s website provides guidance on how to ‘check, chase, and choose’ in respect of dealing with unfair and late payments, that is:

– check if the right information has been provided to the right people in order for an invoice to be paid
– chase effectively when a payment is overdue
– choose how to take further action, including the option of submitting a complaint to the Small Business Commissioner

You can visit the Small Business Commissioner website here.

Small Business Commissioner, Starling Bank Mobile Business Account & Working Capital Management – BFB Epsd 185

Posted on: October 7th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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After a long wait, the government has announced the appointment of the Small Business Commissioner. How will the new Commissioner, Paul Uppal, help small businesses, particularly when it comes to late payment?

Starling Bank, the mobile-only bank account provider, has announced the forthcoming launch of its mobile account service for businesses. They are looking for small business owners who are prepared to take part in the initial trial and help shape its look. Could that be you?

Carrying too much working capital can strangle growth. A new survey from Lloyds Bank has calculated how much cash businesses have tied up in surplus working capital. The amount, if released, could free businesses to fund their own growth plans.

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New Female-Only Crowdfunding Platform, The Small Business Commissioner and Your Credit Report – BFB Epsd 143

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Access to finance can be a challenge at the best of times but research has shown that female entrepreneurs struggle more than their male counterparts when it comes to raising funds. In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we take a look at the launch of a new, female-only crowdfunding platform, which not only provides access to equity funding but also to an Angel Network, business support and mentoring.

One long awaited element of The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act is the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner. Part of the role will be to ensure the scourge of late payment is tackled but it appears that government is still not ready to roll out this much-needed resource.

Having a clean Credit Report is often overlooked when it comes to raising finance and in this Bulletin, we share a recent lesson on why it’s important to know what your Credit Report contains.

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Trade Credit Insurance, Small Business Bill, Demand for Alternative Finance & Choosing an Accountant – BFB Epsd 120

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this Business Finance Bulletin, we kick off looking at Trade Credit Insurance with news from the Association of British Insurers on how the sector performed in 2015 in respect of the amounts paid out.

The Small Business Enterprise Bill has now been given Royal Assent and we look at what we can expected in terms of tackling late payment.

A survey from Amicus Finance has looked at demand amongst business owners for sources of alternative finance. The findings reinforce the trend that alternative finance is going mainstream

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week three tips on how to choose the right Accountant for you and your business.

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 85: Late Payment Consultation, Mobile Payments, Crowdfunding, and Finance Preparation

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow from Business Loan Services reviews the government’s latest moves to curb late payment by launching a consultation paper on the creation of the proposed conciliation service.

Late payment often affects the small time trades sector who can get caught by having to wait many weeks when customers don’t have sufficient cash with them to settle bills. Rob looks at new mobile payment service designed to combat this problem.

Turning to crowdfunding, Rob has news of initiatives brought out by ReBuildingSociety and Funding Circle to boost awareness and usage by both businesses and investors.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob shares a salutary lesson about being prepared when it comes to raising finance.

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