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Invoice Fraud Awareness, Barclays Brexit Fund and Assetz Capital Commercial Mortgages – BFB 251

Posted on: March 30th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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After featuring the rise in occurrences of invoice fraud only two Bulletins ago, we open our latest episode with findings from a new survey which demonstrates how this fraud is now grabbing headlines. The UK Finance survey reveals a high lack of awareness of this fraud and how it works. Could you spot whether your money is potentially at risk?

As the uncertainty around Brexit continues, we look at news from Barclays Bank of the launch of its Brexit fund. Designed to provide financial stability, the fund is focused on supporting businesses in all stages of development.

To round off this week’s Bulletin, a new commercial mortgage product has been released by peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital. The mortgage has been crafted to address the need of commercial property owners and investors who need to move quickly to secure a deal.

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Robert Owen Community Bank, Finance Innovation and Brexit Finance – BFB 247

Posted on: March 2nd, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme has been a successful programme to help businesses access finance when they have no security. To open our latest Bulletin, news that ethical lender Robert Owen Community Banking Fund has joined the list of lenders offering access to business finance via EFG.

Following the government’s bailout of RBS in the aftermath of the credit crunch, the first recipients of an RBS-financed £775m fund has been announced. The fund is designed to promote and improve competition in the small business finance market. We look at the first three banks to benefit and their plans.

With Brexit looming, we close with the announcement from UK Finance of a new initiative, ‘Let’s Talk Business’. The campaign is focused on encouraging businesses to engage early with their banks if they are likely to need finance.

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Business Basics Fund, TSB Lending Pledges and Business Borrowing Appetite – BFB 243

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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When compared to the UK’s country peers, we are not as productivity as other economies. To open this week’s Bulletin, we have news of the launch of the Government’s Business Basics Fund. The fund is open to bids from businesses which have ideas to help close the UK productivity gap but need finance to develop them.

The reputation of the High Street banks took a hit post Credit Crunch and to counter this, TSB has committed to a series of Lending Pledges. We take a look at the six pledges and how they are designed to reassure the bank’s business customers that they will be treated fairly.

To close this Bulletin, continued evidence coming out of how business owners remain reluctant to borrow and conditions remain tough. The latest figures from UK Finance reveal a contraction in business borrowing and other indicators show that the general trading environment remains challenging.

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Funding Circle Boost, Business Borrowing Appetite and Alternative Finance Growth – BFB 237

Posted on: December 1st, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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To open this edition, we look at the announcement from Funding Circle, the business peer-to-peer lender, that the British Business Bank is to provide £150m for on-lending to UK small businesses. This second tranche of from the bank is set to support approximately 2,000 businesses.

The latest figures from UK Finance, the banking industry’s trade body, reveals that small business appetite to borrow is still on the wane. The fall in borrowing from the banks has tuned into businesses seemingly hoarding cash with a jump in amount of money held on deposit.

To close, positive news in a recent report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance which points to a continued rise in lending provided by the alternative finance sector. But it’s not only the supply of debt on the rise; equity facilitated by specialist platforms has also seen an increase.

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Housebuilder Finance, Where Businesses are Borrowing and Asset Finance Funding – BFB 230

Posted on: October 13th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst larger housebuilding firms tend to have easier access to finance, smaller housebuilders have greater challenges in getting the finance they need to develop sites. To open this Bulletin, news of a guide released by UK Finance and the Federation of Master Builders designed to help SME housebuilders source finance.

Where are businesses turning to when they apply for finance? We continue our look at findings from the latest SME Finance Monitor Report and reveal where businesses in need of finance are turning to. Despite strained relationships between banks and small businesses, the High Street banks remain the first port of call.

As an alternative source of finance, the Asset Finance sector continues to be an important avenue of funding for growing businesses. The latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association show a busy August in terms of volume of business written. How does it look over 12 months though?

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Barclays and Marketinvoice, Company Insolvencies, and Business Borrowing – BFB 226

Posted on: August 4th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In recent Bulletins, we have shared news of various collaborations between finance providers. The latest is an announcement from Barclays Bank of a tie-up with online Invoice Discounting firm MarketInvoice. This is another example of Old World meets New World.

The most recent statistics to Quarter 2 2018 on company insolvencies has been released by the Insolvency Service. Not surprisingly, but not of any less concern, is the news that insolvencies are on the rise. What impact will the latest increase in Interest Rates have on those businesses already struggling?

To close this Bulletin, our monthly look at borrowing levels among small business. Once again, from the latest Bank of England and UK Finance figures, business owners still appear to be reluctant to borrow and instead are busy hoarding cash.

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Franchise Finance, Business Borrowing Levels, Business Savings Accounts – BFB 221

Posted on: June 30th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Buying a franchise is a way of minimising the risk when starting a business. However, funding the purchase can be a challenge. To open our latest Bulletin, we look at news that Hitachi Capital has acquired Franchise Finance Ltd which provides hands-on support to people looking to buy into a franchise.

Continuing a trend emerging over the last few Bulletins, we review recent figures from UK Finance which reveal that borrowing levels among small businesses continue to fall. Are we seeing the early signs of forthcoming slowdown?

Whilst we are seeing business borrowing levels decline, the opposite is happening to business savings. Businesses are hoarding more cash than this time last year. Although cash held in banks is on the increase, are businesses getting the best interest rates?

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Changing Face of Banking, Cambridge & Counties Bank, Lloyds Hinkley Point Fund – BFB 216

Posted on: May 26th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Change affects all industries and that doesn’t exclude banking. We open our latest Bulletin with a look at a new report from UK Finance and EY which highlights the rise in mobile banking and what the future holds.

One of the aims of the British Business Bank is to support so called Challenger Banks with funding via the ENABLE Programme. The latest beneficiary is Cambridge and Counties Bank which will utilise the funding to expand its property and commercial lending portfolio.

To close, we share news of a pot of funding set aside by Lloyds Bank specifically for businesses working directly, or indirectly supporting construction of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. Funding to businesses in the supply chain could give them confidence to bid for contracts. Could you make use of this?

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Government Late Payment Consultation, MarketInvoice on Nat West Panel and Asset Finance Growth – BFB Epsd 210

Posted on: April 14th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Following the announcement in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement that the government is looking at ways of tackling late payment, it has announced the launch of a consultation paper. The government is looking for input on its plans to address late payment amongst businesses awarded government contracts. Do you have any thoughts?

Where it can’t assist, to continue signposting businesses to alternative lenders, Nat West has announced MarketInvoice as the ninth addition to its Capital Connections panel. Being an online invoice discounter, MarketInvoice adds a new service to Nat West’s expanding panel.

Figures from UK Finance, the finance industry’s trade body, reveal that 2017 was a record year for businesses accessing Asset-Based lending. Looking closer at the figures, smaller businesses though really took advantage of this growing source of alternative finance. But is that the case in the first quarter of 2018?

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Opening a Business Bank Account, Triodos Crowdfunding Platform, ESME Loans – BFB Epsd 201

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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One of the more frustrating aspects of starting a business, or even switching banks, is the stressful experience of opening a bank account. The Competition and Markets Authority, as part of its 2016 Banking Review, tasked banks with making it simpler. To start the Bulletin, we look at the outcome of that request with the release from UK Finance of new guidance on required documentation.

We share news from Triodos Bank, the Bristol-based sustainable and ethical bank, that it has launched its own crowdfunding platform. Projects which have an environmental and renewable focus will feature as available for support.

To close the Bulletin, we look at the announcement from Nat West that ESME Loans, an alternative lender, has joined the bank’s Capital Connections panel. The panel is a list of approved lenders who may be able to help businesses in need of finance where the bank can’t support.

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