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Debt Aversion, Enterprise Finance Guarantees, Late Payment and NatWest Borrowing App – BFB Epsd 119

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we start off with findings from a recent survey carried out by Wesleyan Bank which reveals that a large proportion of small businesses now have an aversion to debt. The report also lists the common sources of finance businesses are turning to.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme has been around for a number of years and following a review we look at suggestions made by the British Business Bank on how the scheme can be improved.

Late payment is a big barrier to growth, particularly for small businesses and this fact is highlighted in a new report from the Asset Based Finance Association. The report reveals a significant gap in experiences between small and large businesses.

We also take a look at a new app launched by Nat West designed to help its small businesses gain a better understanding of borrowing options.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week, a question you should ask yourself before you go looking for finance.

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 95: Market Invoice, Business Confidence, Sources of Finance & Crowdfunding

Posted on: October 30th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at a new product launched by Market Invoice, the online invoice discounting provider. The new product called Contract Finance will help businesses release previously locked-up cash from contracts delivering regular income.

According to a survey from Bibby Financial Services business confidence amongst SMEs has taken a dent and bucked the recent trend of a rise in more confident businesses. Why is this?

Rob reveals the sources of finance business owners are turning to as featured in a survey carried out by Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking. Which source is proving surprisingly popular?

In the crowdfunding world, the latest lending figures from the P2P Finance Association show that its members are reaching new highs in their support of growing businesses. Rob looks at how SMEs are benefiting.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week, Rob shares a calculation you can make from your Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Accounts which can help pinpoint a problem in your stock control.

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 78: Sources of Business Finance, Success Rates, and Why You Want to Borrow

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest Business Finance Bulletin episode Business Loan Services’ Rob Warlow looks at a survey from Bibbys Financial Services which reveals the sources of finance that business owners are tapping into.

The SME Finance Monitor Report is quarterly survey on the state of the small business finance market and Rob continues his look at its findings. The question posed is how successful are business owners in getting a ‘yes’ from their bank? The answer may surprise you.

In terms of raising money from banks Rob also shares a conversation he had with a business owner on why asking your bank for too little can work against you.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week a clip from an interview in which Rob discusses why it’s important to know that banks are keen to understand exactly why you want to borrow and how the finance you are requesting will be used.

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Business Appetite to Borrow Continues to Fall… So How Will Growth Be Funded?

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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The latest SME Finance Monitor Report shows how much the funding and finance landscape is changing with small businesses demonstrating cautiousness and a reluctance to engage in seeking out finance.

One of the key findings from the latest quarterly report, which surveys 5,000 UK small business owners, is that issues around access to finance is now slipping off the list of obstacles to running to a business.

The current economic climate continues to be cited as the main obstacle to running the business in the next 12 months with 17% of SMEs quoting this as the main barrier. In terms of access to finance only 8% claimed it to be an issue (compared to 12% in Q1 2013), which appears to be counter to how much press the relationship between banks and small businesses is given.

Interestingly 65% of those surveyed said they see no major obstacles which could hold them back from going for growth. This is an encouraging sign.

With access of finance being seen as less of an issue than we may think, how does this translate in to actually usage of finance?

The report found that 39% of SMEs were using external finance in the second quarter of 2014, which is in line with most quarters since 2012. This means that 60% of SMEs either fund their business via shareholders/directors or don’t borrow.

In fact 39% classified themselves as a ‘Permanent non-borrower’. These are businesses which have not borrowed over the last five years and have no intention of borrowing over the next three months. The number of small businesses who declare themselves as not interested in borrowing has increased steadily over time, having been 34% in 2011 and 2012.

Even the number of businesses which have not borrowed over the last twelve months is remarkably low. Referred to as ‘Happy non-seekers’ these amount to 78% of those surveyed. So nearly 80% of SMEs are quite comfortable in not borrowing at all. This number is also on an upward trend having increased from 66% in Q2 2012.

You do begin to wonder why so much attention is given to the issue of access to finance when so many businesses declare themselves as not interested! But this does have one implication and that is as to how future growth will be funded. Growth typically needs cash to support working capital and investment needs so it is important for businesses to realise that growth usually needs finance and not to shy away from seeking it out.

Of those who do borrow, the range of finance products they use is also beginning to change. The report found that 30% of SMEs used ‘core’ products (loans, overdrafts and/or credit cards), but this is a declining proportion over time (it was 36% in Q2 2012). Other forms of finance, such as leasing, invoice discounting, private loans and crowdfunding, are being used by 17% of businesses so there is a lot of scope for alternative lenders to grow.

It’s clear that many businesses are comfortable where they are but for them to grow a finance need will kick in and it’s vital they don’t fall into the trap of going for growth with no cash… that can only end in disaster. But there is also a need for all finance providers to ensure that funds are there when needed and sending a clear signal that they are ‘open for business’. We don’t want businesses assuming they will get a ‘no’ and not even approaching a bank in the first place.

We will continue our look in to the findings of the latest SME Finance Monitor Report in future blogs.

Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 33: Sources of Business Finance, The Business Finance Guide, Crowdfunding Equity

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at a survey from Bibby Financial Services on how business owners are financing their business. Also news about the launch of The Business Finance Guide issued by the ICAEW and the British Business Bank.

If you are thinking about selling equity in your business via crowdfunding then Rob looks at a way of how private investors can join in alongside experienced Angel investors.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob has a chat with Steve Taylor, the latest member of the Business Loan Services, in which he shares tips on raising finance.


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