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…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) held steady in August 2019, but was up by 6% in the twelve months to August, compared with the same period last year. The commercial vehicle finance, and plant and machinery finance sectors…

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…

The second Commercial Credit & Collection conference has been confirmed as Thursday 23rd January by the organiser Credit Connect Media. The event will once again be hosted in partnership with CVR Global and Aon. The conference will tackle issues across the full life-cycle of business credit and collections. The conference series also aims to provide…

Research from alternative finance provider, Nucleus Commercial Finance has revealed that more than half (52%) of UK SME owners have business ambitions they feel they are unable to fund. According to the latest research, it’s business owners in the capital who are struggling the most to match their ambitions, with over over three-fifths (61%) of…

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…

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,…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 6% in June, compared with the same month in 2018. In the first half of 2019, new business was 8% higher than in the same period in 2018. The commercial vehicle finance…

UK plc borrowing rose for the eighth consecutive year in 2018/19, according to the latest Link Group UK plc Debt Monitor. Net debt (total borrowings less cash), jumped 5.8% to a new record of £443.2bn, even allowing for higher cash balances. Net debt has now risen by three quarters since the low point reached in…

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