Almost half (44%) of UK businesses avoid or delay paying bills due to issues within their cashflow. Other commonly cited reasons for non-payment of invoices include receiving an incorrect invoice (21%) and corporate bureaucracy (20%). These were some of the findings of the FinTech Barometer 2019, an annual survey conducted among 1,000 finance professionals by…

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…

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%)…

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…

Invoice finance broker, Touch Financial Support has appointed a new Head of Digital. Richard Leader, who joins from Funding Options will report to Touch Financial’s Chief Operating Officer Annabel Ah-Lim. With 20 years of experience in digital transformation and digital marketing, Richard has seen and driven change at all levels. As well as working with…

Research released from Barclays has revealed that one in seven (14 percent) SMEs have fallen victim to an invoice scam in the last 12 months. Exclusive data from the bank also shows that a quarter (28 percent) of reported invoice scams resulted in losses of more than £5000. The bank’s figures also reveal that hotspots…

More than four in 10 businesses in the UK are unaware of the risks posed by invoice fraud, according to a survey by banking trade body UK Finance. Invoice finance cost firms almost £93 million in 2018. The fraud takes place when fraudsters trick firms into transferring money by posing as legitimate payees. There were…

Risk management specialist Equiniti Riskfactor has published new research which has found that invoice finance and asset-based lending (abl) returned to growth in the second half of 2018, through analysis of UK Finance’s industry statistics. Total advances at the end of December 2018 totalled £22.7b, up over £100m from the previous quarter and up 2.4%…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 9% in January, compared with the same month last year. The plant and machinery finance and IT equipment finance sectors reported new business growth in January of 26% and 45% respectively, compared…

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…

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