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A New Dawn for the EU
17/07/2018

In 2018 we could see a new dawn for SMEs in Europe, with an air of growing optimism. In December 2016 the European Central Bank predicted a conservative but respectable GDP growth target of 1.7% for 2017. In reality though, the engines of Europe roared at full throttle to deliver GDP growth of 2.5% – its
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A North South Divide Nation?
17/07/2018

Although the latest figures from the housing market reveal there was a monthly rise of 0.4% in June (source: Rightmove), conditions vary widely across the country and there is growing evidence of a North/South divide. And, for once, it’s in the North where the market is strongest rather than the South. In the northern half
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The Best of Both Worlds – Why B2C Retail is Embracing B2B Ecommerce
09/07/2018

The worlds of B2C and B2B are distinctly different as retailers commit to targeting one audience or the other – customer or business. For some retailers, this choice is logical and necessary. Asos understandably just targets B2C, whilst Express Cleaning Supplies only targets B2B. However, for many B2C retailers in many sectors, this exclusive choice
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The Forgotten Trade
09/07/2018

Amid the backdrop of Brexit, the economic balance between imports and exports is a continuous juggling act for economies across the world. In the three months to December 2017, the UK trade deficit grew by £3.8 billion to £10.8 billion. Figures became the latest rallying cry for businesses to ramp-up export volumes, while sterling’s devaluation seemingly
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Subcontracting Growth 2018
02/07/2018

Key findings Subcontractors take on an average of 45 new contracts each year. The average contract value is £205,077.00 56% say they have no bargaining power and have to accept contract terms stipulated by main contractors or risk losing business. 47% say that the collapse of Carillion has made them wary of working with large
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Great startups don’t fund themselves.
02/07/2018

Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company. The good news is that there’s a formula for pitching your startup that has helped startup founders raise millions. In this article below I’ve distilled the investor pitch
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Reducing Business Costs
25/06/2018

Growing your business doesn’t necessarily mean spending loads of money; we look at a few key ways to save while still giving your business the support it needs. Whatever stage your business is at; budget is always going to play a huge part as you plot your next steps. But what if you could save money
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First Multinational B2B Finance Solution for Point of Sale
18/06/2018

Global Asset Finance Limited partners Divido, the retail finance platform, is today extending its proposition to provide a B2B finance solution at the point of sale across Europe. In partnership with its panel of specialist business lenders, Divido’s platform now allows retailers to offer B2B finance to their business customers at the checkout to increase sales. Traditionally, businesses
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A brighter outlook for London’s Property Market?
15/06/2018

The property market continues to slow. According to Nationwide, there was a slight fall in the UK’s house prices, which were down by 0.2% in May. Most commentators, however, point out that annual growth, at 2.4%, is still well within the predicted band of 1-3% in 2018. It has been hovering around these levels for
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Retail Finance – Why Customers Who Don’t Financially Need it, Won’t Buy Without it
11/06/2018

“Understanding that consumers use retail credit for reasons other than needing it to make a purchase is key to growth in lending and encouraging repeat business.” – Mintel, Consumers and Retail Credit  – UK – Feb 2018 In 2017, the UK’s retail finance market grew by 9% to reach £8.99bn of lending, according to data from
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