Business finance lender MarketFinance sought the views of business owners following the wide-ranging measures announced by the Treasury recently. Despite the sizeable fiscal stimulus, more than two thirds (67%) believe funds will not reach them in time and they will run out of cash before Easter (12th April). Only half (52%) of UK businesses are…

A new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has been opened to smaller businesses. The scheme can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. Although the Budget announced that an initial £1.2 billion of government-backed lending…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that FLA members provided £11.1 billion of new business in January 2020, 2% higher than in the same month in 2019. Growth was driven by the consumer finance sector which reported new business up by 4% compared with January 2019.  It was a…

Over two-thirds of UK SMEs (69%) have reported significant pressures on their cash levels according to latest insights from business lender MarketFinance. This is in large part down to businesses paying for supplies earlier than anticipated because of coronavirus-related stockpiling and fears of deeper disruptions to transport (road, air and rail) linkages. Additionally, on orders…

British Business Bank’s Small Business Finance Markets 2019/20 report has highlighted a significant long-term growth in alternative finance volumes over the last five years, with a 32% increase in asset finance, a 131% increase in equity finance and a 374% increase in marketplace business lending. The British Business Bank was set up in 2014, with objectives…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 1% in December 2019, and by 6% in 2019 to reach a record annual total of £35.7 billion. In December, the IT equipment finance sector continued to report double-digit growth as…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that FLA members provided a record £140 billion of new business which helped businesses invest in new equipment and households manage purchases. 2019 saw growth across FLA markets with asset finance and consumer finance new business up by 6% and 1% respectively, compared…

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) outside of London and the South East received two thirds of loans in the first three quarters of 2019, according to the UK Finance’s latest Business Finance Review. While eight out of ten loan applications by SMEs were approved, there were four per cent fewer loan applications in Q3 2019…

The Government has welcomed an independent review that recommends changes to the Loan Charge, while also confirming that it was a ‘necessary’ response to the tax avoidance schemes it was designed to tackle. The Review, led by Sir Amyas Morse, was commissioned to look at the impact of the charge, which was introduced to tackle…

Kew Vehicle Leasing is the first leasing broker to openly disclose the amount of finance commission it receives on all regulated Personal Contract Hire (PCH) agreements. Additionally, Kew Vehicle Leasing will also disclose the lender as a matter of course. Car finance is currently under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) concerning the amount…

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