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 grew by 6% in July, compared with the same month last year. Including high-value deals, new business fell by 1% over the same period. The plant and…

2016 showed a continued decline of 6% in the number of company insolvencies in the Central and Eastern European (CEEE) region, following a fall of 14% in 2015 according to new reseach by Coface. In all, over the course of last year, six entities per 1,000 became insolvent. This improvement was in line with the…

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions has appointed Morgan Vessier as new Head of Risk. Vessier, who joined the BNP Paribas Group in 2005, has worked across several key business units, including BNP Paribas Personal Finance, where he served as the Head of Center for Scoring, and the Turkish Economic Bank (TEB), where he acted as Director…

Arron Kendall and Simon Thomas, Partners at Moorfields Advisory have been appointed joint administrators of the UK arm of upmarket women’s fashion brand Basler. Basler UK is a subsidiary of the long-established Basler Fashion Group GmbH, which is headquartered in Goldbach, Germany, and also operates in the United States, Australia and throughout Europe. Since May…

Andrew Duncan and Alex Cadwallader, Directors at Leonard Curtis have been appointed joint administrators to cake makers More Food. Chichester-based More Food specialised in the creation and supply of handmade cakes and tray bakes to a wide range of customers, including local bakeries, major retailers, such as Budgens and Waitrose as well as international sandwich shop…

Winding up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 4WORLD DESIGNS LTD A & D TRANSPORT LTD ACCOUNT CONTRACTORS LTD ACKROYD STREET WORKING MENS CLUB AGM DEVELOPMENTS (CARLIOL) LTD AGRA LTD AKA CONSTRUCTION LTD ALAN EDWARDS LLP ALLAN LORD ELECTRICAL LTD ALLECO LTD ANZ GENERAL SERVICES LTD…

The Bank of England latest statistics showed a £200 million decrease in loans to smaller businesses during July. Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman, said “Small businesses appetite for new finance is waning against a backdrop of unprecedented uncertainty, anaemic domestic growth and inflationary pressure weighing on consumer demand. Investment intentions are not where they should be…

Small businesses are still fighting an uphill battle to secure public sector contracts, according to the latest report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which means the Government’s new targets for SME public procurement are unlikely to be met. FSB is calling on Government and the public sector to step up efforts to remove…

Credit insurer Atradius has released a new trade report covering the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) economies. Alun Sweeney, Country Director for UK & Ireland at trade credit insurer Atradius, said: “Businesses are constantly striving to seek new trade opportunities, and build trading relationships, whether as a potential export or import partner. However, success…

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