New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) overall grew in July by 8% compared with the same month last year. New business for deals of up to £20 million increased by 7% over the same period. The plant and machinery finance,…

A newt MarketInvoice business Insights report has explored the attitudes of UK SME owners on managing cash flow. In its new survey, it found that over half (52%) of business owners said they relied on making ad-hoc paper notes, using spreadsheets or relying on text messages from their bank to understand their cashflow position. Meanwhile,…

Heightened restructuring activity has seen the half-year net reduction in stores on Britain’s high streets hit record levels according to research by the Local Data Company (LDC) and PwC. The first half of 2019 saw almost twice as many store closures (16 per day) as openings (9 per day). In total, 1,634 stores opened and…

CYBG’s SME Health Check Index, a quarterly measure of performance and outlook for UK SMEs, fell by 6.9 points to 41.9 in Q2 2019, as economic and political uncertainty continued to weigh on business confidence. The study overall, however, reveals a mixed picture, with continued resilience in the labour market, and encouraging insights on business…

HMRC has announced a one-year delay to the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) reverse charge until 1 October 2020 after “industry representative raised concerns” about the move. In June, the government published guidance about the so-called reverse charge on the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry. The changes were…

New identity checks for company directors should be introduced to help reduce business fraud, says Tim Cooper, chair of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in Scotland. A Government consultation into enhancing the role played by Companies House in the UK’s anti-fraud framework, which recently closed, provides a real opportunity to significantly strengthen the UK’s…

Almost a third of SMEs (31%) have experienced late payments costing their business at least £10,000 in the last 12 months, according to research by Hitachi Capital. The report says the impact of late payments on the long-term health of the UK economy is estimated to have cost UK SMEs at least £51.5 billion in…

The Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management Philip King has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s call for evidence in tackling late payment but warned against actions that may ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater.’ King says that while the possibility of increased powers for the Small Business Commissioner (SBC)…

Across nine UK regions, more than one in five small business owners (22%) are looking to expand into new markets overseas in order to achieve business growth. The latest findings from the quarterly Business Barometer research by Hitachi Capital Business Finance comes at a time when the country is gearing up for the Brexit deadline. Set against…

Overall business confidence fell in August, for the first time in three months, by 12 points to 1%, according to the latest findings from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Business Barometer. Overall business confidence is calculated by averaging the views of 1,200 companies on their business prospects and optimism about the UK economy. This month’s business…

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