European consumers are buying less than before the pandemic to create a more sustainable lifestyle

22nd November 2021 Consumer Collections |

A majority of European consumers are increasingly aware of sustainability aspects when shopping – creating new challenges for businesses. Close to half of Europe’s parents say that their interest in sustainability motivates them to limit their spending, and 42 per cent of Gen Z would not feel guilty about paying unethical firms later than agreed.…

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Businesses predict strong festive trading period as payments volumes rise

British SMEs are starting to feel more confident about the performance and resilience of their own businesses, despite challenges in the wider economy, according to the latest quarterly Barclaycard Payments SME Barometer. Over half (54 per cent) of UK SMEs are expecting revenues to increase in Q4, compared with performance in Q3 2021. Yet concerns…

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Inflation rises to ten year high at 4.2%

17th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #economy

The cost of living surged by 4.2% in October, the highest rate in almost 10 years, due to rising fuel and energy costs, according to ONS data. Commenting on the figures, Shachar Bialick, CEO and founder of Curve, a financial super-app, said “If Andrew Bailey is uneasy about rising inflation then Brits have every right…

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Christmas spending spree unlikely

17th November 2021 Consumer Collections | #spending

A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests there is unlikely to be a Christmas spending spree despite consumers having around £150 billion of savings, with much of the money people have saved during the pandemic likely to remain in bank accounts until there is an upturn in the economic outlook. A survey…

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Three out of four corporates and large SMEs looking to strengthen cash reserves

16th November 2021 Commercial Credit Management |

New Investec research has shown that nearly three out of four (73%) corporates and large SMEs are looking to strengthen cash reserves as part of the long-term switch in risk management, so they are in better shape for any future crisis. The change in policy and planning builds on experience during the Coronavirus crisis which…

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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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Consumer spending slows

4th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #economy

While consumer spending has continued to bounce back post-pandemic, research by Nationwide shows that growth has started to slow. Between July and September growth in consumer spending hit 3%, marking a slowdown following the 14% increase recorded in Q2.  The study, which looked at more than 620 million transactions by Nationwide consumers, also revealed that…

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Household figures indicate 11% rise in financial vulnerability

New insight from Lowell’s Vulnerability Index has indiacted a 11% rise in financial vulnerability across the pandemic (Q3 2019 to Q1 2021) The Financial Vulnerability Index, is a joint project between Lowell, one of the largest credit management services companies in Europe, and the Urban Institute, a leading U.S.-based research organization, uses unique Lowell data…

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AUTUMN BUDGET 2021: Cut in the Universal Credit taper – consumer credit sector reaction

28th October 2021 Consumer Collections |

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced changes to the Universal Credit Taper rate, which is the amount of Universal Credit (UC) withdrawn for every pound someone earns (from 63% to 55%, so for every extra £1 earned, 55p of Universal Credit will be withdrawn) as part of his latest budget announcement. StepChange Debt Charity says that…

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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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Proportion of small businesses predicting closure hits record low

Transport disruption, labour shortages and fears of a winter fuel crisis have failed to dent resurgent small business confidence for the three months to Christmas. After a significant bounce-back in the spring, small business growth forecasts have hardly changed over the last nine months, with 35% of business owners predicting growth for the next three…

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Construction insolvencies could rise by 25% in the next six months

14th October 2021 Business | #construction insolvencies

Insolvencies in the construction sector could rise as much as 25% in the next six months despite a rebound in orders according to trade credit insurer Atradius. The report found that he sector contracted by 14% in 2020, UK construction output is forecast to rebound by almost 15% in 2021 and grow by more than…

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Consumer spending grew 13.3% in September

13th October 2021 Banking and Loans | #spend

Consumer card spending grew 13.3 per cent in September compared to the same period in 2019, as consumers enjoyed the last of the summer sun. However, ongoing supply chain shortages and rising food and energy prices have hampered consumer confidence. Data from Barclaycard has revealed that spending on essential items increased 14.4 per cent –…

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