Optimum Finance makes new appointments

6th January 2022 Appointments | #appointments

Specialist Invoice Finance provider, Optimum Finance has bolstered its team with three new appointments across the Marketing and Finance departments. Jo Maniatt joins as Marketing Director, Szym Wasilewski as Finance Manager and Liam O’Shea as Financial Accountant. Maniatt, previously International Marketing Manager for global brand Bisley Office Furniture, brings with her a wealth of strategic…

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UK business borrowing on course to fall sharply

UK net business borrowing is on course to fall sharply over 2021 as firms pay down existing debt far faster than predicted, according to the latest EY ITEM Club for Financial Services Forecast. The forecast estimates that net bank lending to UK businesses will fall to minus £1.6bn over 2021, following £35.5bn net being lent in 2020,…

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Business lending stabilises

10th December 2021 Business Lending | #business lending

UK Finance’s Business Finance Review for Quarter 3 2021 has shown that gross lending to SMEs was around £5.2 billion in Q3 2021, indicating that business lending figures broadly unchanged from the previous quarter. The report Applications for new loans and overdrafts continued to trend down over the quarter – consistent across sectors and regions.…

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Asset finance fell by 7% in October

10th December 2021 Asset Finance | #asset finance

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 7% in October 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the ten months to October 2021, new business was 17% higher than in the same period in 2020. The…

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British Business Bank responds to NAO report on Bounce Back Loans

7th December 2021 Alternative Business Lending | #fraud

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Government only put basic anti-fraud checks on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) for small firms once more than £28 billion had already been paid out. The British Business Bank stepped up to deliver the Bounce Back Loan Scheme on behalf of Government to ensure…

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£28bn in Covid loans paid out before anti-fraud measures started

3rd December 2021 Alternative Business Lending | #fraud

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Government only put basic anti-fraud checks on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) for small firms once more than £28 billion had already been paid out. Checks to ensure that a company was not applying for more than one bounce back loan were not put…

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Recognise Bank appoints new MD of Commercial Banking

2nd December 2021 Appointments | #appointments

New SME lender Recognise Bank has appointed Ian Workman as its Managing Director (MD) of Commercial Banking. Workman joins from Barclays Bank where he spent the bulk of his 30-year career in financial services, the last five years of which he was Head of SME Banking Relationships in the UK. He will oversee Recognise Bank’s…

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Business confidence dips in November

1st December 2021 Business Lending | #economy

New analysis from Lloyds Bank has indicated that business confidence dipped by three points to 40% in November, although it remains above the annual average. Nine out of the 12 UK regions and nations saw confidence decline, with Wales, the South East and East of England the only places to register an increase in confidence.  The…

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Demand for consumer credit surges to £706m in October

Latest Bank of England data has shown that October saw a surge in credit card borrowing. Consumers borrowed a net additional £706 million last month, with new credit card borrowing accounting for £637 million of the credit, the largest amount of card borrowing since July last year. Between the start of the pandemic and April…

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Fifth of businesses unable to repay government-backed Covid borrowing

A fifth of UK businesses is unable to repay government-backed Covid borrowing according to business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves. The research also found that. a third of UK owner-managed businesses report lower cash reserves now than when going into the Covid pandemic The research published today in a report Shaping your future is based on…

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Bibby Financial Services announces new central London office opening plans

23rd November 2021 Business Lending |

independent invoice financier, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), is to open a new central London office as it looks to grow its support for SMEs and intermediaries in the South East of England. BFS’s new premises are located at 30 Crown Place in the heart of the City, between Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations. Speaking of…

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P2P loans increasing competition with traditional banking

European countries with stable and developed economies are leading in terms of consumer and business lending according to researchby Robocash. The complete digitalisation of the financing process becomes one of the most important advantages of Peer 2 Peer (P2P) loans compared to traditional banks. Germany leads in consumer lending among other European countries due to…

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Access to finance jeopardising job creation

Almost half of small businesses across the UK (49%) are relying on securing finance to help them fulfil their growth plans for the year ahead. After three consecutive quarters when small business outlook has remained unchanged (with 34% of business owners predicting growth), the new Business Barometer study from Hitachi Capital Business Finance suggests access…

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