The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the late payments burden hitting UK businesses, new survey figures from the Institute of Directors (IOD) reveal. Over a third of company directors polled by the IoD said they had faced an increase in late payments during the pandemic, with almost one in ten reporting they had experienced significantly more…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) have indicated that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 10% in November 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the eleven months to November 2020, new business was 25% lower than in the same period in 2019.…

After a challenging 12-months, small businesses resilience has not wavered as we start a New Year. Nationally, 83% of small firms say they have a fresh set of goals in place to secure the growth for the year ahead, according to new Business Barometer research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance. At a time when the…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business fell in November 2020 by 16% compared with the same month in 2019, and remained 18% lower in the eleven months to November 2020 than in the same period in 2019. The retail store and online credit sector reported…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that Second charge mortgage new business volumes fell by 28% in November 2020 Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer & Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said “The level…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the consumer car finance market reported a fall in new business volumes of 24% in November 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the eleven months to November 2020, new business volumes in this market were 20% lower than in the…

A survey of SME workers has found that close to 2 out of 3 people (65%) have suffered from mental health issues as a direct outcome of the pandemic, with women suffering marginally more than men. The survey by Purbeck Insurance Services found 66% of women have suffered from issues such as poor sleep, feelings…