Companies around Europe predict increased bad debt losses, later B2B payments and higher debt risks are ahead, according to the European Payment Report from pan-European credit management firm Intrum. Across Europe, the 2019 report shows an increase in bad debt losses, following several years of declining write-offs. Almost one-fifth (18%) believe their country is already…

A new European Payment Report 2019, from European credit management services company Intrum, has indicated that an increase in bad debt losses following on from several years of decline means marking that the turning point from a recession may have already passed. Almost one-fifth of those surveyed (18 per cent) believe their country is already…

Seven in ten small firms do not expect their performance to improve over the coming three months, according to the latest research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Its quarterly UK SBI confidence measure stands at -8.8 in Q2 2019, down 22 points compared to the same period in 2018, marking a fourth consecutive…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 7% in April, compared with the same month in 2018. New business in the plant and machinery finance and business equipment finance sectors was up by 8% and 9% respectively, while commercial…

The Bank of Mum and Dad has been integral in funding the property sector, with one in four housing transactions in the UK reliant on funding from family. New research from Worldpay has found that family funding is also supporting the UK’s dynamic small business scene, with one in in ten entrepreneurs surveyed looking to…

Seven in ten (70%) businesses that have attempted to raise capital have failed at least once, according to the new report from Smith & Williamson, the financial and professional services firm. Securing funding is often critical to helping businesses scale quickly and maximise their potential. However, it’s often not plain sailing. Two in five (39%)…

Growing pressure on the retail sector could increase risk-taking in the supply chain, data in a new report suggests. With more than 7,500 shops closing in 2018 and high street brands hitting the headlines, if retailers are not able to manage the trade-off between risk and cost, it could lead to further store closures and…

More than half of small business owners say they want more help managing their finances, with almost a third adding they have lost sleep over money matters as Brexit continues to dominate the UK economy according to a report funded by small business finance broker Funding Options. Fifty-one per cent of small firms said they “need…

The UK’s top 100 restaurants made an £82 million loss in the last year, down from a pre-tax profit of £102 million twelve months ago according to new research by UHY Hacker Young. Pre-tax profits at the UK’s Top 100 restaurant groups have fallen from £345 million since the first quarter of 2017. The huge…

The proportion of small businesses predicting growth for the next three-months has fallen to 34% – its lowest level for eight successive quarters and, for the first time, the proportion of businesses predicting significant expansion has fallen below 5%. The new research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance asked a nationally representative sample of 1,184 small…