Net lending to SMEs shrank to £500m last year, compared with £700m in 2017, according to a new report by the British Business Bank. The study also reveals a dramatic slowdown in the growth of alternative forms of funding, including peer-to-peer lending and asset finance. Lending through peer-to-peer platforms rose by 18% last year, compared…

UK Finance has published its latest business finance update for December 2018 which reveals that lending to manufacturers grew by 8.4 percent in the year to December 2018, in contrast to a 0.3 percent contraction in overall UK business borrowing. There was also annual growth in borrowing by the transport and accommodation and food service…

Total business volumes in the financial services sector fell slightly in the three months to December, marking the first contraction of demand since September 2013. That’s according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. Meanwhile, sentiment among financial services deteriorated further, rounding off three full years of flat or falling optimism. The quarterly survey of 84…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) in November was at a similar level to the same month in 2017. The plant and machinery finance and business equipment finance sectors reported new business up in November by 9% and 8% respectively,…

Accountants are helping their clients find the right funding options and referring them to external providers. Research from business finance company MarketInvoice reveals that UK accountants are most likely to refer their clients to banks, with invoice finance as the second most popular lender of choice. Two thirds (66%) of accountants surveyed said that they…

Data from the winners and finalists of the second annual Credit & Collections Technology have been collated and are now available as part of a report reviewing the 2018 event. The Awards report highlights the unique and transparent ethos of the scheme by providing graphs, statistics and judges comments which highlight the results. The Awards event,…

Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with a turnover between £6.5 million and £10 million and a balance sheet up to £7.5 million will soon be able to have their banking and finance disputes reviewed and redressed through alternative dispute resolution arrangements, following the creation of a specialist ombudsman service with the expertise and powers…

Paragon has appointed a new Head of Credit Management for its asset finance business. Experienced senior credit professional Anup Sangha will oversee credit decisions at the leading specialist lender, which supports SME businesses and growth in the UK. Sangha is the former Head of Credit for Aldermore’s Asset Finance division has 23 years extensive experience…

UK Finance has published its Business finance update for September 2018 which reveals that Lending to manufacturers grew by 4.9 percent over the last twelve months.  While there is annual growth in borrowing demand from manufacturers, agriculture and accommodation, those sectors are in marked contrast to a wider 2.0 percent contraction in UK business borrowing overall. Deposits…

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…

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