Paying upfront for a car is increasingly falling out of favour with UK drivers according to research from Close Brothers Motor Finance. In the past year, the proportion of drivers saying they will opt for finance, leasing or renting for their next car has increased by 15% (from 37% in 2018 to 43% now). While…

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…

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…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew in December by 7% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. The plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance sectors reported new business…

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…

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