The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has warned that the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans, has parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008. Minutes from the FPC’s latest meeting also reveal warnings over the rise in loans with weaker covenants…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed plans to extend access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The changes will mean that SMEs with an annual turnover below £6.5m and fewer than 50 employees, or an annual balance sheet below £5m will now be able to refer unresolved…

The number of complaints made by non-household customers about retailers to the Water Watchdog has fallen for the first time since the market opened. New figures show the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) received 766 complaints during the first quarter of 2018/19 – a 21 per cent reduction on the 968 received during the final…

A third of the 1.1 million UK SMEs with EU suppliers would be unable to operate without imports from the bloc, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The research news comes as a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit threatens to disrupt trade between the UK and EU, and…

The Director of a financing company has received a ten-year ban after heading a false invoice scheme to secure £4 million of illegitimate funds. David Marsden, from Exeter, was the Director of finance company First Capital Factors (FCF). Incorporated in 2009, FCF offered recourse factoring facilities for small and medium businesses where they would buy a company’s…

New measures to end the problem of late payments to small businesses by large companies who abuse their position in the market have been unveiled by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst as she launches a call for evidence. Nearly a quarter of UK businesses report that late payments are a threat to their survival.…

The Government’s Business Secretary Greg Clark’s has made an announcement on a package of measures to safeguard small firms from late payments. Reacting to the news Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said “Late payment is the biggest challenge affecting small businesses and it is good to see the Government getting serious about…

The vast majority (85%) of small firms that operate within European supply chains report being paid late, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB’s report, ‘Pay it Forward: Lessons and recommendations for Europe from the UK payment landscape’, reveals that despite positive steps, like the introduction of the Late Payment…

Small businesses are calling on the Government to immediately publish the Call for Evidence into poor payment practices announced in this year’s Spring Statement six months ago. The call comes after the release of the latest Duty to Report data highlights that just over half (52%) of invoices were paid within 30 days. The data…

The Government has announced new measures to boost funding for small businesses. The new laws aim to help small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising money from unpaid invoices were put to parliament yesterday. Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst put forward new laws to arm small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising…

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