UK business borrowing on course to fall sharply

UK net business borrowing is on course to fall sharply over 2021 as firms pay down existing debt far faster than predicted, according to the latest EY ITEM Club for Financial Services Forecast. The forecast estimates that net bank lending to UK businesses will fall to minus £1.6bn over 2021, following £35.5bn net being lent in 2020,…

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Business lending stabilises

10th December 2021 Business Lending | #business lending

UK Finance’s Business Finance Review for Quarter 3 2021 has shown that gross lending to SMEs was around £5.2 billion in Q3 2021, indicating that business lending figures broadly unchanged from the previous quarter. The report Applications for new loans and overdrafts continued to trend down over the quarter – consistent across sectors and regions.…

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Access to finance jeopardising job creation

Almost half of small businesses across the UK (49%) are relying on securing finance to help them fulfil their growth plans for the year ahead. After three consecutive quarters when small business outlook has remained unchanged (with 34% of business owners predicting growth), the new Business Barometer study from Hitachi Capital Business Finance suggests access…

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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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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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