Harley Kagan, currently Group Managing Director of United Trust Bank (UTB), is to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the bank from January 2021. The appointment comes as current CEO, Graham Davin, announced his intention to step down from the role he has held since leading a management buy-out of the Bank in 2004.…

Invoice finance provider and fintech firm Optimum Finance has appointed two regional Sales Directors across three UK regions alongside the promotion of Lynn-Marie Jameson to Commercial Director. Kelvin Thomas joins the business as Regional Sales Director for Wales and the West and Iain Hendry as regional Sales Director for the South East. Thomas and Hendry…

Over £1.1 billion of suspected fraud via the government’s bounce back loan scheme has been prevented by lenders so far, an indication of how criminals have aggressively targeted the scheme. Estimates from the British Business Bank provided to the Commons public accounts committee said lenders had rejected 26,933 bounce-back loans over concerns they could be…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 11% in September 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the nine months to September 2020, new business was 27% lower than in the same period in 2019. The…

The Covid-19 pandemic will cause firms to borrow over five times the amount in 2020 than in 2019, with many unlikely to start repaying until 2022 with total stock of bank lending to businesses forecast to close 2020 at £493bn, an 11% year on year increase, due to firms borrowing heavily through the pandemic. EY…

The Treasury has announced that applications for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme will now be open until the end of January. The extension, which carries support before the previous end point of 30th November, also applies to the Future Fund, an initiative…

New research has found that regions in the North of England could lose between six and fourteen years worth of growth due to the financial hit created by the pandemic. The research by business lender iwoca found that the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber have been forecast to lose 11.7%, 11.2%…

Latest figures from HM Treasury have revealed that the UK’s banking and finance industry has supported over 1.4 million businesses across the country through government-backed Coronavirus lending schemes. Lenders have approved over 73,000 facilities through the CBIL scheme and over 1.3 million business owners have benefited from the Bounce Back Loan scheme. For larger businesses,…

A majority of finance chiefs in the UK are pushing back their expectations for a return to the levels of demand seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, the results of a closely-followed survey. Finance leaders continue to rank the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as the top risk to their businesses, followed by rising geopolitical issues…

The British Business Bank has published Future Fund data that gives a detailed picture of the 745 companies that have been approved for £770.8m worth of Convertible Loan Agreements since the scheme was launched on 20th May. There have been 1,243 applications in total since the scheme was launched. The data reveals, 42% of funding…