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UK Government Pledges To Raise Awareness Of Alternative Funding Sources
03/12/2014

The UK government has announced its intention to raise awareness of alternative sources of funding like asset finance and leasing for medium-sized enterprises, with MP Matthew Hancock observing that access to finance is not just a policy issue for companies – it’s about growth. Speaking at the Medium-Sized Business Conference in London, Mr Hancock –
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The Shame of UK Black Friday Shopping 2014
01/12/2014

The UK Black Friday shopping 2014 Scrums Are So Shaming Who’d have thought that we’d see a time when shopping would destroy a sense of patriotism? I’m talking about Black Friday a retailers heaven and a consumer’s hell if they do not get the bargain they are looking for. The retail discount extravaganza, imported from America,
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The Benefits of Crowd Funding
01/12/2014

Alternative sources of finance appear to be of increasing interest to businesses in the UK and beyond that are keen to look beyond the traditional high street lenders in order to expand and further their endeavours. If you’re keen to explore these avenues, it may be that equity crowd funding is the right course of
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Cheap Borrowing Fuels Consumer Credit Boom
01/12/2014

Bridging Loans Buoyant consumer confidence pushes up demand for credit at fastest rate in eight years in October, though UK mortgage approvals continue to fall. Cheap borrowing costs for products like bridging loans and fierce competition on the high street fuelled a consumer credit boom in October, as buoyant demand pushed lending up at its
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Do More Online Campaign Launched To Help SMEs
28/11/2014

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in bridging loans and other forms of finance are being offered further support from the government in order to build up their presence on the internet. The Do More Online campaign, as it has been dubbed, includes £2 million of funding through local enterprise partnerships in order to further
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UK Private Sector Businesses ‘At All Time High’
26/11/2014

The number of UK-based private sector businesses has reached a new record of 5.2 million, with small companies now accounting for 33 per cent of private sector turnover – news sure to be of interest to those involved in the trade finance industry. According to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, this figure represents
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How Can Asset Finance Services Help You?
18/11/2014

Asset finance services – the third most common source of funding for companies, according to the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) – can be particularly useful for businesses looking to expand quickly and efficiently, providing a range of tax and cash flow benefits for those who decide upon this particular route. It is used to
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CMA Investigating SME Lending Sector
13/11/2014

CMA Investigating SME Lending Sector. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it will be conducting an investigation into the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) trade finance services and the personal current account sectors. There are several concerns that the organisation has regarding the effectiveness of competition in these particular industries, including restricted
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Alternative Lending Market ‘To Reach £1.74bn By Year End’
11/11/2014

The alternative commercial finance services market in the UK, which includes peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and invoice trading, is being predicted to hit £1.74 billion by the end of 2014, according to a new study conducted by the University of Cambridge and Nesta. Furthermore, expert forecasts are now indicating that the market will reach £4.4 billion
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Love Lending Week Is Here
05/11/2014

A new campaign designed to promote fiscal support for small businesses will be running until November 7th, dubbed Love Lending Week, with many an asset finance expert out there now getting behind the scheme. Set up by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB), the week will celebrate the work and success of small
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