The Number of new loans to SMEs has increased in Quarter 1 according to new figures from UK Finance Commenting on the data, Stephen Pegge, Managing Director, Commercial at UK Finance said “The number of new approved loans to SMEs grew slightly in the first quarter of the year, driven in part by increased demand…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 7% in April, compared with the same month in 2017. New business in the plant and machinery finance and business equipment finance sectors was up by 13% and 18% respectively, while commercial…

BNP Paribas Asset Management announced that its SME (Small & Medium-sized Enterprise) Alternative Financing platform has completed its first transaction, a six-year senior unsecured amortising loan. The loan will enable a specialist recruitment services company based in the West of England to support its business growth. SME Alternative Financing offers BNPP AM’s client base differentiated and…

Latest statistics from the UK Finance’s business finance for April 2018 has revealed that UK business borrowing contracted slightly by 1.7 percent in the last 12 months. However, within industry sectors, there was a mixed picture with manufacturing maintaining strong growth at 8 percent while construction contracted by 6.3 percent in the year. In addition, UK business deposits grew…

The number of small firms planning to decrease investment has hit an 18-month high, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was announced on Friday that UK business investment fell to £46.1 billion between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018. Seven in ten (69%) small firms are not planning to increase…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 5% in March, compared with the same month last year, and by 3% in Q1 2018 overall. New finance for business equipment grew in March by 13% compared with the same month…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced changes to the definition of income between consumer hire leases and consumer credit after a response to its consultation. In December of last year, the FCA made a call for leasing businesses to respond to the regulator. Under the current rule, FCA fees for regulated credit agreements such…

Just 11% of the £416 billion in the total stock of loans to businesses are now being provided on a fixed rate – dropping by a third from 18% two years ago – leaving businesses with huge exposure to rising interest rates, says Hadrian’s Wall Capital, the London-based specialist debt adviser. The drop came as…

A new report by Aldermore titled Future Attitudes has revealed that just under a quarter (23%) of SMEs, representing 1.27million small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, are missing out on new business opportunities due to a lack of available funding a 4% increase on the previous year. The report, which surveyed over a thousand business…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) for deals of up to £20 million fell in February by 1%, compared with the same month last year. The plant and machinery finance and IT equipment finance sectors reported new business growth in…

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