Number of small businesses falling behind on loan repayments increases

A survey of lenders by the Bank of England shows that the number of small businesses falling behind on their loan repayments rose in the three months to the end of November. The analysis shows that fewer medium-sized businesses defaulted on corporate debt repayments in the period, while the number of large companies defaulting remained…

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Government announces £1bn Omnicron business support

22nd December 2021 Commercial Credit Management | #economy

The Government has announced £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK. The new measures will mean businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for…

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Thames Water to pay £11m to business customers and water retailers over billing errors

7th December 2021 Business Utilities | #water

Ofwat has finalised its decision which will see Thames Water pay over £11 million to 13,800 business customers and water retailers for errors in its data which led to customers being billed the wrong amount. In addition to the financial package, Thames Water has proposed a series of undertakings which, among others, include strengthening its…

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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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Azzurro Associates joins The Lending Standards Board

24th November 2021 Company News |

The Lending Standards Board (LSB) has announced that commercial debt solutions provider, Azzurro Associates (Azzurro), has become a registered firm with the LSB‘s Standards of Lending Practice for business customers. Azzurro provides liquidity options to the commercial credit sector and is the custodian of a large inventory of business debts. Achieving full registration signals their…

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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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HMRC intensifies efforts to claw back fraudulent pandemic payouts

HMRC has ramped up efforts to recoup £1 billion from fraudulent or incorrect furlough pay-outs, with more than 26,500 investigations into potentially fraudulent pandemic support claims launched over the past eight months. The level of fraud and error in the benefit system almost doubled during the pandemic from what was already the highest rate since…

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Danske Bank reprimanded over Bounce Back loans

15th November 2021 Business Lending | #business lending

Danske Bank has been reprimanded by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the treatment of some small businesses applying for Coronavirus Bounce Back loans, having required up to 205 firms to open business accounts to access a loan. The CMA said this meant the firms faced new fees, warning that the practice restricts customer…

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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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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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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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Business CCJs rise 70% over the year

County Court Judgments (CCJs) against businesses in England and Wales rose by 70 percent in Q3 2021, compared to the same quarter in 2020, according to figures released by Registry Trust. The number of business CCJs increased from 15,970 in Q3 2020 to 27,073 in Q3 2021. The total value of CCJ debt owed by…

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Debt Judgments against Northern Irish businesses rise

20th October 2021 Commercial Credit Management |

The number of debt judgments registered against Northern Ireland businesses rose, from 73 to 117 according to new Registry Trust data, Debt judgments increased by 60 percent over the period. The total value of judgments against Northern Ireland businesses rose by much less, 21 percent, from £457,243 to £554,524. As a result, the average value…

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