The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) has launched an enhanced online portal, findsmefinance, offering UK businesses access to the trade body’s membership of independent finance brokers. The free directory enables UK businesses seeking finance to simply filter their funding requirements by loan size, type and location and are then presented with a range…

Net lending to SMEs shrank to £500m last year, compared with £700m in 2017, according to a new report by the British Business Bank. The study also reveals a dramatic slowdown in the growth of alternative forms of funding, including peer-to-peer lending and asset finance. Lending through peer-to-peer platforms rose by 18% last year, compared…

UK Finance has published its latest business finance update for December 2018 which reveals that lending to manufacturers grew by 8.4 percent in the year to December 2018, in contrast to a 0.3 percent contraction in overall UK business borrowing. There was also annual growth in borrowing by the transport and accommodation and food service…

New research from Experian has revealed businesses in the South West have the strongest average business credit scores in Britain, while London ranks as the lowest. Organisations in the South West have an average business credit score of 54.7 – up from 53.4 last year. A business with this score is considered a below average…

UK small firms have raised their concerns about weak economic growth, consumer demand and high lending rates in the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI). Amid persistent political uncertainty, the domestic economy is flagged more often as a growth constraint by small businesses than any other common barrier to expansion. Close…

Total business volumes in the financial services sector fell slightly in the three months to December, marking the first contraction of demand since September 2013. That’s according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. Meanwhile, sentiment among financial services deteriorated further, rounding off three full years of flat or falling optimism. The quarterly survey of 84…

Accountants are helping their clients find the right funding options and referring them to external providers. Research from business finance company MarketInvoice reveals that UK accountants are most likely to refer their clients to banks, with invoice finance as the second most popular lender of choice. Two thirds (66%) of accountants surveyed said that they…

Bridging lender Hope Capital has appointed its first Managing Director. Gary Bailey, formerly Sales Director of Together. He joins Hope Capital today, 7th January, to help expand and grow the company. Hope Capital has grown rapidly, having doubled its lending in the past year, increased its staff numbers by 40% and expanded into much larger…

Analysis from Equiniti, the FTSE-listed share services and fintech business, of UK Finance statistics shows that continued Brexit uncertainty is having the biggest impact on the smallest businesses in relation to asset based lending and invoice finance borrowing. The figures show that total advances to businesses with a turnover of less than £1 million a…

Data from the winners and finalists of the second annual Credit & Collections Technology have been collated and are now available as part of a report reviewing the 2018 event. The Awards report highlights the unique and transparent ethos of the scheme by providing graphs, statistics and judges comments which highlight the results. The Awards event,…

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