The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has warned that the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans, has parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008. Minutes from the FPC’s latest meeting also reveal warnings over the rise in loans with weaker covenants…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed plans to extend access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The changes will mean that SMEs with an annual turnover below £6.5m and fewer than 50 employees, or an annual balance sheet below £5m will now be able to refer unresolved…

A third of the 1.1 million UK SMEs with EU suppliers would be unable to operate without imports from the bloc, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The research news comes as a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit threatens to disrupt trade between the UK and EU, and…

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has announced that it has appointed Joe Waters as Head of Sales as it seeks to develop its services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the South of England. With industry expertise spanning over 30 years, Waters has held several senior positions in financial services, specifically supporting UK SMEs.…

The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes study has revealed that a third (33%) of bosses at UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), equating to 1.81 million* firms with fewer than 250 employees, have personally suffered from anxiety, depression or another kind of mental health problem in the past five years. The report, which surveyed over a…

The Director of a financing company has received a ten-year ban after heading a false invoice scheme to secure £4 million of illegitimate funds. David Marsden, from Exeter, was the Director of finance company First Capital Factors (FCF). Incorporated in 2009, FCF offered recourse factoring facilities for small and medium businesses where they would buy a company’s…

Latest figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 10% in August, compared with the same month last year. The plant and machinery finance sector reported new business up in August by 10% compared with the same month in 2017, while…

UK Finance has released its latest Business Finance update for July 2018 which has revealed that lending to manufacturers grew by 7.4 per cent in the last 12 months, in contrast to a wider 2.1 per cent contraction overall in UK business borrowing. UK business deposits for non-financial companies grew by 1.5 per cent in…

Peer-to-peer lender, Assetz Capital, has agreed on a deal with Connect for Intermediaries to be the first network that it distributes its products through. Assetz Capital provides commercial loans, development finance, bridging and buy-to-let to brokers who are part of its specialist network or use the Connect for Intermediaries packaging arm.  It will provide both first and second…

More than two-thirds of small business owners (67%) are working on plans to deliver growth in the next three months. This represents a rise from this time last year (61%) and in every English region, there is an increase in the proportion of small businesses now working on an action plan for growth. The new…

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