Manufacturing continues as the principle driving force behind business confidence in the UK, according to the latest results (Q2 2017) from the UK’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), the quarterly barometer from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM). The 1.3-point rise experienced in manufacturing sees the Index close at 64.0, another all-time CMI high. The…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 16% in June, compared with the same month last year, and by 12% in the second quarter of 2017 overall. The plant and machinery finance and IT equipment finance sectors reported new…

Credit insurer Atradius has released a new trade report covering the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) economies. Alun Sweeney, Country Director for UK & Ireland at trade credit insurer Atradius, said: “Businesses are constantly striving to seek new trade opportunities, and build trading relationships, whether as a potential export or import partner. However, success…

Creditsafe has published a Credit Worthiness Premier League table. The research has revealed that Chelsea is set to be relegated from the 2017 Premier League – if the final standings were based on company credit ratings. Despite having a turnover of over £335million, the football club finds itself with the third worst credit score in…

Business finance company MarketInvoice, the business finance company, reveals insights from a survey of businesses on their funding needs and wider concerns. When it comes to making business funding decisions, over half (56%) of business leaders reported that accountants are their most important external advisers when considering business finance options. They are twice as important to…

Trade credit insurer Atradius has published an economic research report on South Africa, following the news that the nation has officially entered a recession. The paper, entitled ‘South Africa: More vulnerable to changes in market sentiment’, is designed to brief businesses on the background to the current economic crisis facing the country and assessing its…

The number of debt decrees registered against Scottish businesses reached a record low during the first six months of the year, according to figures released by the Registry Trust. There were 1,198 debt decrees registered against Scottish businesses in the first half of 2017, down a third on the previous year and the lowest on…

Late payments are an even bigger challenge for those medium-sized companies, with 94% of businesses employing over 50 people reporting that the issue is causing cashflow problems for them according to new figures from Ultimate Finance. In partnership with BDRC Continental, Ultimate Finance conducted research into the impact of late payments on the SME sector.…

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced new support for consumers and small businesses experiencing unexpected banking fees. From today, two important changes come into force to make it easier to know what charges consumers and companies might face. Firstly, the CMA is forcing banks to be more transparent about the cost of overdrafts and…

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