The volume of Government loans granted to help SMEs through the COVID-19 crisis will be having a potentially devastating impact on the availability of ‘traditional’ lending, causing alarm in the lender broker community according to new research by Allica Bank. The Bank suggests that SMEs could be starved of funding to fuel future growth because…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business fell in December 2020 by 18% compared with the same month in 2019, and decreased by 18% in 2020 as a whole. The retail store and online credit sector reported new business 6% lower in December than in the…

Lenders risk being overwhelmed by credit applications when the UK lifts lockdown restrictions, according to data specialist LendingMetrics. The company behind the award-winning ADP automated underwriting platform fears a leap in demand for finance when the country returns to more normal conditions. It predicts this to be likely by June or July, if the vaccine…

New research released by Resolver has revealed widespread confusion over payment holidays and the potential impact on people’s future finances. The company says to help people face down the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced clear rules for lenders so they could offer people ‘holidays’ from mortgage, loan, credit…

A growing proportion of consumers are taking control of their finances by seeking financial products for debt consolidation, according to the latest findings from Experian’s Credit Barometer. Searches for balance transfer cards via Experian’s comparison services have risen in January, from 31% of the total credit card searches in December 2020 to 37% in January…

Loans Warehouse has announced that it has appointed Greg Chase to its Short Term Finance team. Chase will be tasked with further expanding the specialist brokers bridging proposition – an area that Loans Warehouse has been bolstering over recent months. Most recently Chase was a broker, specialising in commercial and bridging finance, with the Commercial…

According to KIS Finance’s financial survey, only 31% of adults in the UK could correctly identify what an APR (Annual Percentage Rate) is, including its purpose and how it should be used. Whilst 68% of credit card holders don’t know what an APR is, bearing in mind that the APR is undoubtedly one of the…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned that up to 4,000 financial services companies were at a ‘heightened risk’ of collapse even before the second wave of coronavirus struck. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the results of its coronavirus financial resilience surveys. The surveys were sent to solo-regulated firms to inform the FCA…

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