Millions of Brits are worried about the cost of Christmas this year, with half revealing they plan to borrow money just to cover expense, a new study has found.   While most will budget just £449 for the festive period – the reality is that we’ll each spend up to a whopping £1,086 on presents, food…

New data released by Creditsafe, examining the rate of company failures across 12 UK business sectors has revealed that over a third (33.4%) of companies in the Hospitality sector failed in Q3 2018. Across the Hospitality industry – inclusive of hotels, restaurants and bars – there were 591 company failures, compared to 330 in the…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published findings on how mortgage lenders treat customers who have long-term mortgage arrears and provide forbearance to affected customers. The FCA had previously identified that there was a trend of increasing long-term arrears cases, whilst the number of homes being repossessed had been falling. As a result of this…

Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with a turnover between £6.5 million and £10 million and a balance sheet up to £7.5 million will soon be able to have their banking and finance disputes reviewed and redressed through alternative dispute resolution arrangements, following the creation of a specialist ombudsman service with the expertise and powers…

A director of three ‘mortgage support’ companies has been banned by the courts for nine and a half years after taking advantage of customers looking for urgent help with mortgage arrears. Daljit Dhillon, from Sutton Coldfield, appeared at the High Court in Birmingham on 13th September 2018 where an order was made to disqualify her…

2018 has probably been the busiest year for consumer asset sale in the UK since 2008. Speak to any major debt purchaser and they will advise you of the increase in assessing portfolios, pricing calculations and on-boarding customers. Many creditors have used asset sale as part of their process for a number of years. However,…

In the past decade, technological advancements have changed our daily lives beyond recognition. There is no surprise, therefore, that the demands of today’s consumers are forcing businesses to rethink the way they service their customers. The demand for immediate, round-the-clock access to information raises expectations in nearly every industry – and the lending market has…

The Money Advice Trust has announced the launch of the updated CASHflow resource, an online tool which enables people to self-manage their debts, with the support of an adviser. The recent revamp of the online tool brings the style and format of CASHflow from the old Common Financial Statement (CFS) to the new Standard Financial…

Homeowners could see their mortgage bills rise by around £400 a year following the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates, analysis from Experian reveals. The Bank of England’s Monetary Committee has announced it is hiking base rate to 0.75%, the first rise since last November, The 0.25% rise will see those on Standard…

A new judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) could have significant VAT implications for providers of payment collection services and those that use their services such as charities, healthcare providers and businesses that accept payments by instalments. In the case of DPAS Ltd – a dental plan administration services company…

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