Business lenders Ultimate Finance and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has announced its support for the Business Finance Council’s SME Finance Charter, in a bid to improve access to finance and help for businesses during Brexit and beyond. The Charter provides a framework for financiers to outline specific commitments to SMEs in relation to preparing for…

SMEs are least likely to invest in their businesses during the remainder of 2019 according to the latest Global Business Monitor from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) and trade credit insurer, Euler Hermes. The report offers insight into the opportunities and threats faced by SMEs worldwide, based on a survey of businesses across 13 regions, with…

Three directors who dishonestly secured credit by causing their companies to submit false invoices to factoring companies have been banned for a total of 29 years. Deborah Fisher of Spalding, Lincolnshire was the director of NJ Transport Limited, a haulier based in Weston Hills. Over two years between January 2016 and March 2018 she caused…

The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes study has revealed that nearly a fifth (19%) of UK SMEs have missed a new opportunity in the past 12 months due to a lack of available funding. Medium-sized businesses are worst hit, with over a quarter (28%) saying they have been affected. The report, which surveyed over a thousand…

Eighteen companies including BT, British American Tobacco, and Centrica – have been suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced. Screwfix, Prudential, and various businesses of BAE Systems are also among those that have failed to honour their Code commitment to…

Independent invoice finance provider, Gener8 Finance has announced that it has promoted Tansy Cunningham (Battson) to the new role of Head of Business, effective as of 1 August 2019. Cunningham will be responsible for leading the Gener8 business, supporting both the sales and operations teams. Ed Rimmer, Chief Operating Officer at 1pm plc, said “We…

Specialist lender, Aldermore has appointed Tim Boag as interim Business Finance Managing Director (MD) with overall responsibility for Invoice Finance, Asset Finance and Commercial Real Estate. Boag will replace Carl D’Ammassa who will leave the Bank on 15th July. Boag joins from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he was Managing Director for their Corporate…

British businesses could have £593 billion locked up in excess working capital, potentially hampering growth and leaving them exposed to economic uncertainty, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The Lloyds Bank Working Capital Index combines the bank’s proprietary research and IHS Markit’s UK Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data to calculate the working…

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…

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