The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has warned that the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans, has parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008. Minutes from the FPC’s latest meeting also reveal warnings over the rise in loans with weaker covenants…

Sales across UK business rose by 1.5% in the last three months, the equivalent of £99.8bn, according to the latest figures from the Creditsafe Watchdog Report. This follows two consecutive quarters in the year to date of falling sales and rising company failures. The quarterly Watchdog report, which analyses financial data across 12* UK business…

New research from Coface shows that Argentina and Turkey, two countries already hampered by major external imbalances and their dependency on external financing, are experiencing a deepening in their currency crises. Against a backdrop of rapidly tightening credit conditions, Coface has downgraded six of Argentina’s business sectors suffering from a severe downturn in economic activity…

A third of the 1.1 million UK SMEs with EU suppliers would be unable to operate without imports from the bloc, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The research news comes as a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit threatens to disrupt trade between the UK and EU, and…

The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes study has revealed that a third (33%) of bosses at UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), equating to 1.81 million* firms with fewer than 250 employees, have personally suffered from anxiety, depression or another kind of mental health problem in the past five years. The report, which surveyed over a…

The Director of a financing company has received a ten-year ban after heading a false invoice scheme to secure £4 million of illegitimate funds. David Marsden, from Exeter, was the Director of finance company First Capital Factors (FCF). Incorporated in 2009, FCF offered recourse factoring facilities for small and medium businesses where they would buy a company’s…

New measures to end the problem of late payments to small businesses by large companies who abuse their position in the market have been unveiled by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst as she launches a call for evidence. Nearly a quarter of UK businesses report that late payments are a threat to their survival.…

The late payment crisis is getting so bad for UK small businesses that 17% of business owners say they are forgoing paying themselves a wage so they can pay their staff on time. This rises to 27% of small businesses that say they are already struggling to survive. New research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance…

Over 2,700 construction firms enter insolvency in the last year – 6% rise following Carillion liquidation according to market analysis by Moore Stephens. 2,764 construction firms entered insolvency in 2017/1, jumping 6% in just a year from 2,608 in 2016/17. The significant rise in insolvencies follows Carillion’s liquidation in January 2018, which caused knock-on effects…

Winding up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 365 CATERING LTD A & E CIVIL ENGINEERING LTD A D TOOL HIRE LTD A L C (MIDLANDS) LTD A PRITCHARD LTD ACE BODYSHOP LTD ACHOM AND PARTNERS LTD AD2ONE LTD ADELAAR LTD AELLA LTD AFA PRESS UK…

1 2 3 37