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…

One third (33%) of UK businesses are concerned about the potential impact Brexit will have on their suppliers and customers, according to new research from R3, the insolvency and restructuring body. The research, a survey of 1,200 senior business financial decision-makers, carried out for R3 by BVA BDRC, found that 11% of businesses have reviewed…

Small firms are calling on the Government to secure a Brexit deal and come forward with radical policy interventions to arrest a dogged lack of confidence among business owners as new FSB research shows rising costs and uncertainty increasingly taking their toll.Its SBI confidence measure stands at -8.1 in Q3 2019, down more than six…

Irish SMEs drew down €1.4 billion in loans from Irish banks over Q2 2019, an increase of €147 million on the same period of 2018. SMEs in the property sector accounted for the largest share of new drawdowns at 36 per cent, followed by SMEs in the wholesale/retail trade and agricultural sectors; accounting for 12…

Euler Hermes has published its third edition of its Enabling Digitalization Index (EDI), which analyses a country’s ability to provide an environment where companies can digitally transform successfully. The score is based on 5 components: regulation, knowledge, connectivity, infrastructure and size. The United States (U.S.) topped the list with a score of 87 out of…

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…

Corporate insolvencies are on the rise globally due to the more challenging economic environment and high policy uncertainty according to a new report by Atradius. The report says business failures in developed markets are forecast to increase 2.8% in 2019 – the first annual increase in a decade – followed by another 1.2% increase in 2020.…

Dun & Bradstreet’s latest UK Industry report has revealed that retailers continued to face a challenging business environment throughout the first half of the year. Between falling year-on-year sales, as reported by both the BRC and ONS, and a growing number of vacant stores, retailers are feeling the brunt of consumer uncertainty, particularly surrounding the…

UK businesses trade all year round yet more than a quarter (27.4% or £548b) of their revenue is driven by seasonal peaks according to the latest research by MarketInvoice Business Insights, the survey explores their preparedness and challenges in dealing with seasonal demand. Seasonal demand refers to peaks in business activity that correspond to various factors…

In 2018, Global Working Capital Requirement (WCR) hit its worst level since 2012 (+1 day, 70 days). The evolution of WCR indicates which businesses have improved, or in this case, deteriorated, their capacity to maintain operating cash flow and internal funding for investment according to a new study by Euler Hermes. The report focuses on Working…

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