Bluestone Group sells Irish Motor Finance operations to Close Brothers

Bluestone Group has announced that it has agreed terms for the sale of its Irish motor finance operations, Bluestone Motor Finance Ireland (BMFI) to Close Brothers Limited. BMFI was established as a lending platform in 2014, after a period of several years managing acquired portfolios of assets in the Republic of Ireland. After its launch,…

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UK predicted set to be among worst performing economies

The UK is set to be one of the world’s worst-performing major economies this year, according to a forecast from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report says the UK economy’s performance in 2023 will be the worst among the G7, predicting that the economy will shrink by 0.3% in 2023 and then grow by…

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Azets acquires Baker Tilly Ireland

3rd March 2023 Global | #ireland

Audit and advisory group, Azets specialising in supporting SME businesses has entered the Irish market for the first time following its acquisition of Baker Tilly Ireland, which will rebrand as Azets Ireland with immediate effect. Azets says that aims to grow the firm in Ireland significantly in the next three years. As part of its growth…

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Nova Credit authorised to become UK’s first cross-border credit reference provider

Nova Credit has announced it has received Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation permissions in order to provide credit references to operate in the UK. US founded Nova Credit, is a consumer-permissioned credit bureau which it says is on a mission to accelerate financial inclusion for immigrants globally. Nova Credit’s technology unlocks access to over 2…

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Warning of global recession as World Bank downgrades forecast

The World Bank has warned that the global economy is perilously close to falling into recession, pointing to higher inflation and interest rates among the factors that could hit growth. The World Bank expects the world economy to grow by 1.7% this year, this down from the 3% it predicted in June.  Growth of 1.7%…

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UK economy predicted to experience deepest recession amongst large economies

The UK economy is forecast to fall into a recession in 2023, driven by tighter financing conditions, further increases in energy bills and weak consumer confidence, before finding a weak recovery in 2024, according to Allianz Trade.  It is predicted that in 2023, the UK economy will shrink by -0.9%, compared to just -0.3% for…

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Debts of failed Irish businesses expected to reach €2bn

3rd October 2022 Global |

New research by PwC has found that debts of failed Irish businesses is expected to reach €2 billion in 2022. For the year to date, over 350 companies have declared insolvency with associated debts outstanding of in excess of €1.6 billion. PwC expects this figure to reach well over €2 billion by the end of…

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Bank of Ireland fined €100.5m for mortgage overcharging

30th September 2022 Credit and Collections |

Bank of Ireland has been fined a record €100.5m by Ireland’s Central Bank for overcharging customers denied mortgages that track base rates. The Central Bank determined the appropriate fine to be €143.6 million,1which was reduced by 30% to €100.5 million in accordance with the settlement discount scheme provided for in the Central Bank’s ASP.2 The…

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Irish debt judgments fall

2nd August 2022 Global |

New figures from the Registry Trust have revealed that the number of judgments registered in Republic of Ireland decreased in Q2 2022 as compared to the same period last year. However, the value of debt has seen an increase year-on-year. The total number of judgments fell from 431 in Q2 2021 to 321 in Q2…

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CSA CEO appointed to FENCA board

27th June 2022 Appointments |

Chris Leslie, Chief Executive of the Credit Services Association (CSA), the UK trade body for debt collection and debt purchase, has been elected to the board of the Federation of European National Collections Association (FENCA) today at the Associations Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Berlin. FENCA represents the interests of the European credit management, debt…

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Arrow Ireland appoints new Director of Asset Management

European investor and alternative asset manager in credit and real estate, Arrow Global has announced the appointment of Seamus Corbett as Director of Asset Management to its Dublin-headquartered Mars Capital Finance. Corbett has over 20 years of experience in Banking and Servicing in Ireland, joining Mars from BCM Global where he held a similar senior…

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4,500 Irish companies saved from going bust during pandemic

Irish Government pandemic support has saved at least 4,500 Irish companies from going bust according to research by PwC.  The figures represent an average of 50 companies saved every week during the pandemic. PwC examined 18,000 business failures over the past 17 years and measured the correlation between key economic indicators and other trends with…

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Irish rural, low-income households experiencing larger cost of living increases from higher inflation

The Central Bank of Ireland has published an Economic Letter, “Household Characteristics, Irish inflation, and the cost of living”, authored by Reamonn Lydon. The Letter presents data on how inflation levels differ across household types and outlines a number of findings of relevance to policymakers. Current Central Bank inflation projections indicate that inflation will average…

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