Fresh figures from the Valuation Office Agency show that a new business rates appeal platform has caused the number of firms registering a challenge to their bill to fall by 94% across England. The Check, Challenge, Appeal (CCA) system was established in April 2017 to coincide with the most recent business rates revaluation. Following its…

Irish credit union, Savvi has been fined €185,500 by the Central Bank of Ireland for failure to comply with the requirements for long-term lending and the restriction on paying remuneration to directors The Central Bank determined that the appropriate fine was €265,000, which was reduced by 30% in accordance with the settlement discount scheme provided…

Credit provider, Provident Financial said it has >continued to deliver results in line with its internal plans during the third quarter. Publishing its latest trading results, the firm says all three of its divisions are producing good business volumes and a stable impairment performance. However, it also says it is continuing to cut headcount at…

International technology-led services and payments specialist,  Equiniti has announced that it has opened EQ Tek, a new R&D facility for its client-facing applications. Headquartered in Krakow, Poland, EQ Tek will create an additional 150 roles for high-calibre developers as well as systems and UX experts within Equiniti. The team will be developing best-in-class applications and…

Declining turnover is often identified as the initial sign of corporate distress, but a new study from Euler Hermes shows it is not as reliable as it seems. Euler Hermes’ study highlights three other indicators that can provide warning signs up to four years before an acute insolvency risk for European small and medium enterprises (SMEs)…

Credit management service provider, Cabot Credit Management has announced the financial results for nine months ending 30th September 2019. The show that the credit services firm revenues increased to £279.8 million up 12 percent on the £250.5 million from the same period in 2018. Debt purchase collections reached £354.8 million over the first nine months…

SME financial provider,  Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has announced the appointment of Karl Leitelmayer as its Head of Business Centre for Trade Finance. Leitelmayer is an invoice finance specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector. He joins BFS after 19 years at Lloyds Banking Group, most recently as Head of Broker Channel Sales…