1 in 3 UK businesses are finding it harder to get a loan

12th June 2017 Asset Finance |

New research conducted by RateSetter Business Finance reveals how credit conditions look to be tightening again, with over 400,000 small businesses now interested in finding an alternative to the banks for a loan. When asked, 32% of SMEs that had considered raising finance said that it was now harder than six months ago. During this…

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Two thirds of UK companies believe their organisation is highly protected from cyber attacks

Two-thirds (63 percent) of UK businesses believe that their organisation is highly protected from attempts by outsiders to gain access to their systems and data, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson. A similar proportion of organisations (66 percent) maintain that they have the right processes in place to adequately react to privacy and…

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LIQUIDATION NOTICES: Meeting of Creditors – May 2017

6th June 2017 Business |

Liquidation notices have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 483 NCR LTD 75 PIZZA PRONTO LTD A6 DEVELOPMENTS LTD ABACUS TW LTD AFLAH SHAKES LTD AJM ELECTRICAL & SECURITY SOLUTIONS LTD AJP BUILDING & ROOFING SERVICES LTD ALBION SCRAP METALS LTD ALLANS NEWCASTLE LTD ‎ALPHA EARTHWORKS LTD ‎ALXAS LTD ‎AMBAR…

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INSOLVENCY NOTICES: Winding Up Petitions – May 2017

6th June 2017 Business |

Winding up Petitions have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 3NT CONSULTING LTD 784 LTD A & S PUBS LTD A.C.H.G. PROPERTIES A.P. LOOK BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE LTD AAA DRIVEWISE CONTRACTS LTD ABELARDUS LTD ‎ABERSWIFT DE LEADING SPECIALISTS LTD ABH CONTRACTS (UK) LTD ACE GARAGE LTD ‎ACQUIRO LTD ‎ACQUISITION 395448999…

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80,000 businesses at risk from interest rate rise

5th June 2017 Business |

Research from R3 suggests that 80,000 (4%) of business would struggle to manage a rise in interest rates of 0.25%. The research, part of a long-running survey of business distress by R3 and BDRC Continental, also found that 96,000 firms (5%) were just paying interest on their debts. Speaking on behalf of R3 Andrew Tate…

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Half of SMEs believe economy is stifled by reluctance to borrow

1st June 2017 Asset Finance |

Almost half (48%) of SMEs felt that British businesses are missing out on opportunities because of a reluctance to borrow, and 45% believe that the economy is being stifled because they won’t borrow. Yet, almost a third (27%) of those SMEs are holding back the growth of their own business, due to a ‘fear of funding’,…

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Half of Small Businesses do not have a Cyber Security plan

Nearly half of small businesses do not have a cyber security plan for their business, according to research by Smith & Williamson. Despite the well-publicised effects of recent cyber attacks, recent research has indicated that many small businesses do not have a plan for their business should they find themselves in a similar situation. Fergus…

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Construction, retail and food & drink hit hardest as insolvencies rise in Q1

31st May 2017 Business |

Nearly 4,000 businesses ceased trading as increased financial uncertainty gripped the UK in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1). Marginally over two-thirds of the 3,967 insolvencies – 68% – were voluntary, with the overall number rising by 4.5% in real terms compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The research, carried out on behalf of…

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Increasing pressure on SMEs to accept longer payment times

31st May 2017 Business Lending |

Intrum Justitia has released a European Payment Report which has highlighted the increasing pressure on SMEs to accept longer payment times. The report findings include: Contrary to political ambitions, a new European Payment Report from Intrum Justitia shows that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Europe need to accept longer payment times from other, often…

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Premier League clubs owe £1.3million in unpaid invoices

Creditsafe has created a Prompt Payment Premier League table. The table reveals that English Premier League Clubs have overdue invoices totalling £1.3million and 20% are late by 20 days or more beyond the agreed payment terms. Manchester United who place 19th in the Prompt Payment Premier League have 63 outstanding invoices totalling £857,183, making up…

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Lawyers struggling to meet day to day financial needs

A nationwide study of the financial wellbeing of UK workers ‘The DNA of Financial Wellbeing 2017’ report has revealed that 31% cite finance as their biggest concern. However, nearly half of HR directors think that their employees biggest concern is work life balance (48%) and career development (43%), demonstrating a mis-alignment between employee and employer. The…

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European Alternative Lending Index launched

KPMG and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Twino have released the first ever Alternative Lending Index (ALI). The report compares lending environments across Europe over the period 2010- 2016. The ALI uses information gathered from the European Central Bank and Eurostat, as well as the central banks of the countries outside the Euro area. The Index provides a scale…

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Company CCJs increase by 36%

16th May 2017 Business |

There was a sharp increase in the number of county court judgments (CCJs) against companies in England and Wales during the first quarter of the year, according to figures released today by Registry Trust. In Q1 2017, 29,811 CCJs were registered against all businesses in England and Wales. The increase of 36 percent compared with…

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