New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) held steady in August 2019, but was up by 6% in the twelve months to August, compared with the same period last year. The commercial vehicle finance, and plant and machinery finance sectors…

Home Credit lender, Morses Club has reported a strong financial performance in its latest interim results for the twenty-seven weeks ended 31st August 2019, The figures show Home Collected Credit (HCC) adjusted pre-tax profits were up 20.2% to £13.1m (H1 FY19: £10.9m). Group customer numbers have increased to about 276,000, compared to 230,000 for the first…

Just Energy Group Inc and Shell Energy Retail have announced that they signed an agreement for Shell Energy Retail to acquire 100% of Hudson Energy Supply. Hudson Energy supplies around 200,000 UK residential customers with gas and 100% renewable electricity through its residential trading arm, Green Star Energy, as well as providing bespoke gas and…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market fell by 2% in August, compared with the same month in 2018, while the value of new business grew by 2% over the same period. The percentage of private…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the Second charge mortgage market has reported volumes increased by 12% in August. Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Acting Director General and Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance &…

SmartSearch a provider of RegTech software focused on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solutions, has announced that it has received a growth equity investment from Marlin Equity Partners. Marlin is a leading global investment firm with a long track-record of backing and successfully growing software businesses. SmartSearch provides AML software to 4,000 client firms and 40,000 users,…

The Official Receiver and Special Managers from KPMG have announced that an agreement has been reached with Hays Travel Limited to acquire Thomas Cook’s entire UK retail estate. The agreement will see Hays Travel acquire a total of 555 stores around the UK, providing re-employment opportunities for a significant number of former employees of Thomas Cook’s retail…

The Irish arm of Ulster Bank has agreed to sell €800 million of mortgage, to US distressed debt specialist CarVal Investors. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC will become the legal owner and Servicer of the mortgages, the bank has said in a statement. The portfolio includes 2,800 owner-occupier loans with a face value of €715…

Skipton Building Society and Experian have announced a new partnership with the aim to save mortgage applicants from the hassle of gathering their paper bank statements by adopting Open Banking technology. The new agreement will mean that people applying for a mortgage will have the option of giving consent for Skipton to securely view their…

New research from mobile bank N26, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, has revealed that money worries are plaguing the minds of more than 18 million UK adults on a daily basis. This not only causes significant distress among those affected but has resulted in around 9.5 million consumers suffering from mental health issues as…