Business lenders Ultimate Finance and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has announced its support for the Business Finance Council’s SME Finance Charter, in a bid to improve access to finance and help for businesses during Brexit and beyond. The Charter provides a framework for financiers to outline specific commitments to SMEs in relation to preparing for…

Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) are intensifying their focus on cost control, with 58% saying it is a strong priority for the next 12 months, according to Deloitte’s latest CFO Survey. This is the highest level for ten years. Almost two-thirds of CFOs (65%) say their business faces high or very high levels of external financial…

SMEs are least likely to invest in their businesses during the remainder of 2019 according to the latest Global Business Monitor from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) and trade credit insurer, Euler Hermes. The report offers insight into the opportunities and threats faced by SMEs worldwide, based on a survey of businesses across 13 regions, with…

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…

Rising costs are the greatest challenge facing small businesses around the world, according to the latest Global Business Monitor study from global SME partner, Bibby Financial Services (BFS) and global leader in trade credit insurance Euler Hermes. Findings of the research, based on a survey of more than 2,300 SMEs in 13 countries across Asia,…

Small firms are calling on the Government to secure a Brexit deal and come forward with radical policy interventions to arrest a dogged lack of confidence among business owners as new FSB research shows rising costs and uncertainty increasingly taking their toll.Its SBI confidence measure stands at -8.1 in Q3 2019, down more than six…

The second Commercial Credit & Collection conference has been confirmed as Thursday 23rd January by the organiser Credit Connect Media. The event will once again be hosted in partnership with CVR Global and Aon. The conference will tackle issues across the full life-cycle of business credit and collections. The conference series also aims to provide…

Growth and funding ambitions have strengthened amongst SMEs over the course of 2019, according to the latest report by Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the leading independent asset-based lender. Almost three quarters (73%) expect to see their revenues climb in the next 12 months, compared to 69 percent at the start of the year. Of those…

Small businesses are in urgent need of more government support to overcome a worrying lack of preparedness for a no-deal Brexit on 31st October, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In the first UK-wide small business assessment of no-deal preparedness ahead of 31 October, FSB’s research shows that among those…

Research from alternative finance provider, Nucleus Commercial Finance has revealed that more than half (52%) of UK SME owners have business ambitions they feel they are unable to fund. According to the latest research, it’s business owners in the capital who are struggling the most to match their ambitions, with over over three-fifths (61%) of…

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