Nearly half (44%) of SMEs have never checked their company’s credit score, according to research from RateSetter Business Finance. Credit scores are used by lenders to determine whether businesses have a good track record of repaying debt, and are therefore one of the key factors affecting an SME’s ability to get a loan. Credit reference…

Alternative finance provider, Reward Finance Group has appointed Gemma Wright as Commercial Director with the responsibility to prepare the business for its next stage of development. Wright previously spent more than 17 years with RBS where she became director of Invoice Finance with responsibility for leading a number of sales teams across the North. Nick Smith,…

Online business lender Spotcap has issued more than €120 million in credit lines to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Jens Woloszczak, Spotcap Founder and CEO: “We’ve experienced significant growth over the past three years, which is a testament to the fundamental need SMEs have for flexible and accessible financing. With close to 60 percent of…

Business Peer to Peer lender ArchOver has revealed that it has nearly doubled its overall lending in the first nine months of this year. Since January 2017, total lending over the platform has reached £21.39 million, bringing the cumulative total that ArchOver has lent to date to over £48 million. Proving that the appetite for P2P…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 3% in August, compared with the same month last year. The plant and machinery finance sector reported new business up in August by 4% compared with the same month in 2016, while…

The British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank, has published The Benefits of Diverse Finance Markets for Smaller Businesses, a report that provides a fresh analysis of the need for greater choice for the UK’s smaller businesses looking for finance to grow. The report explains why and how the Bank works to help increase…

European Fintech event LendIt Europe has announced the finalists for its 2017 PitchIt competition. LendIt’s PitchIt competition this year hosted and co-organized by Startupbootcamp FinTech, sees the very best of Europe’s fintech startups going head to head to compete in front of some of the biggest VCs in technology. The LendIt event will be taking…

LendInvest has appointed Ian Boden as Sales Director. Boden joins LendInvest with over 35 years’ experience in financial services, specialising in buy-to-let and commercial mortgages. During his career, Ian has held a variety of roles from wealth management and customer relationship management to senior management positions. Most recently, Boden was head of commercial mortgages and…

Alternative business funding provider, ThinCats, has recruited an Origination Manager for Scotland. Geoff O’Brien will be the key contact for Scotland, leading all new business origination across the region. O’Brien has significant, relevant experience for the position, through his Director level roles at the likes of Santander and Clydesdale Bank, specialising in Business Development, supporting…

European conference, LendIt Europe has announced a unique partnership with SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, to enable delegate investment live from the conference floor at this year’s event. The live fundraising feature, which will be an industry first in Europe, will allow eight of the PitchIt finalists to raise money immediately at the event…

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