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…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew in December by 7% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. The plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance sectors reported new business…

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published the Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2018. The report presents the results of the FSB’s eighth annual monitoring exercise that assesses global trends and risks from non-bank financial intermediation. It covers data up to end-2017 from 29 jurisdictions, which together represent over 80% of global GDP. The…

Haydock Finance has announced the appointment of John Jenkins as Chief Executive Officer Jenkins brings with him over 30 years of experience in finance, having held very senior positions within a number of industry-leading companies including Lloyds TSB, GE Capital & Amicus Finance plc. Jon Wilkinson, Chairman of Haydock Finance, said: “The Board carried out a…

Leading SME funding provider, Ultimate Finance, has announced another record-breaking year, providing funds of more than £1.4bn to SMEs across the UK last year. The figures from December 2018 show a 35 percent growth of funds in use and a 14 percent increase in the size of the business’ client base. This growth is thanks…

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…

Research out today from SAP Concur has revealed that 31 per cent of UK businesses consider growth during 2019 to be critical. Almost all respondents (99 per cent) stated that growth had some level of importance to their business over the next few years. In addition, 96 per cent reported that their company is planning…

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