Asset finance grows by 6% in September

8th November 2021 Asset Finance | #asset

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 6% in September 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the nine months to September 2021, new business was 20% higher than in the same period in 2020. The…

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One in five SMEs have late payment debt as high as £200k

New data from Time Finance has revealed that 70% of businesses are suffering from late payments from their customers. Uncovering the true severity of the issue, the leading alternative finance provider found that late payment debt was as high as £200,000 for one in five business owners. The findings come despite the government introducing a…

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Credit & Collections Technology Awards announces 2021 winners

5th November 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #innovation

The winners of the 2021 Credit & Collection Technology Awards have been announced following a live in-person event yesterday (Thursday 4th November) at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The awards are the flagship event for innovational technological professionals working in credit and collections and the fifth annual event honoured the UK’s technological innovators, celebrating outstanding…

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Over a third of businesses spend up to 75% of time chasing late payments

Over a third of businesses (32%) spend up to 75% of their time chasing overdue debts when that time would be better spent in advising their sales teams on who to do business with or not in the first place. An online survey conducted by Debt Register, a digital payment platform, found that almost a…

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SMEs turn to Recovery Loan Scheme as they focus on growth

New research by iwoca’s has found that SMEs are turning to the Recovery Loan Scheme as they focus on company growth. The company’s Index reveals that over a third (35%) of brokers reported the top motivator for applying for unsecured finance was to ‘grow the business’ – a 12 percentage point increase from the previous…

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Shop closure rate stabilises

2nd November 2021 Business | #business insolvencies

Latest figures from the British Retail Consortium have shown that shop vacancy rates have stabilised after rising for three years The figures indicate that the rate was 14.5% in the third quarter, the same as the second. While no UK regions saw an increase, the vacancy rate is still at a record high. The proportion…

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Business insolvencies increase 16.7%

1st November 2021 Business | #business insolvencies

Latest figures from the Insolvency Service has shown that ehe number of businesses in England and Wales that there were 3,765 seasonally adjusted business insolvencies in Quarter3 2021, an increase of 16.7% compared to Q2 2021’s figures of 3,226 and a rise of 43.5% compared to Q3 2020 (2,624). The Insolvency Services says that teh…

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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Recovery Loans scheme extended – business and insolvency sectors reaction

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the extension Recovery Loan Scheme to 30th June 2022 as part of his latest budget announcement. Commenting on the budget Chirag Shah, CEO of Nucleus Commercial Finance, said “Today’s Budget demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting British businesses. The extension of the Recovery Loan Scheme will provide SMEs with a…

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‘Toxic business debt’ soars to £1.9tn

New data from Begbies Traynor Group has found that UK corporate debt soared by £1.9 trillion in 2020 to £6.6 trillion, and 52% of UK businesses are now saddled with ‘toxic debt’ that may never be repaid. The analysis of 3 million tax returns by the restructuring and insolvency specialist, discovered that 2020 accounts show…

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Insolvency Service cracks down on misuse of Bounce Back Loans

26th October 2021 Business Lending | #business fraud

Three directors have been banned following investigations which found that nearly £100,000 worth of Bounce Back loans had been inappropriately applied for, or misused following investigations by the Insolvency Service. The Bounce Back Loan (BBL) scheme ran to March 2021 and provided loans of up £50,000 to help businesses survive the impact of the Covid-19…

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One in ten small businesses worried about debt

26th October 2021 Business Lending | #business debt

Despite a big increase in the amount of borrowing by businesses since the start of the pandemic, only 11% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) say they are worried about their current level of business debt, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Business. The research, which polled SME business owners and decision-makers right across…

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Credit & Collections Technology Awards announces line up

Credit Connect has confirmed the line-up for next week’s Credit & Collections Technology Awards which takes place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester next Thursday (4th November). The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts who have reviewed technological excellence in four different categories sections: creditor and lender, collections and recoveries, applied technology, and…

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PSR sets out plans for fraud prevention tool

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has set out its latest plans to fight fraud and protect victims of APP scams by outlining its next steps for the wider implementation of fraud prevention tool, Confirmation of Payee (CoP). Every year thousands of individuals and businesses fall victim to Authorised Push Payment (APP) scams – where they…

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