Posts By: Trevor Clawson

Barclays Buys Into MarketInvoice

Barclays has announced plans to partner with MarketInvoice, in a move that will also see the banking giant taking a minority stake in the online business lender.   Established in 2011, MarketInvoice offers a variation on the invoice discounting theme by enabling businesses to borrow against their debtor books via an online platform connecting them…

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Turning Offices Into Homes – Financing a New Property Development Opportunity

Britain’s town and city centres have undergone huge changes over the last few decades. As manufacturing declined, many of the light and heavy industrial units that operated in close proximity to shopping and residential areas have been converted to offices or, more recently, apartments. Looking to the future, as retailers come under pressure, many analysts…

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FCA Signals Tighter Controls on Peer to Peer Lending

The Financial Conduct Authority has published proposals aimed at providing a greater degree of protection for investors who lend to individuals and businesses through Peer to Peer (P2P) platforms.   To date the FCA has taken a ‘softly, softly’ approach to the regulation of marketplace lending, taking the view there was a need to encourage…

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The Year So Far – Use of Credit is Down in 2018 but AltFi Growth Continues

Back in January of this year, merchant bank, Close Brothers published a survey suggesting that just over a quarter of UK SMEs felt they were not being served by their high street banks. In particular, the survey identified a perception that traditional banks lacked the specialist knowledge required to effectively support their small business customers.…

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Filling The Gap – SME Funding After Brexit

The scale of Britain’s contribution to the European Union continues to be a subject for sometimes heated debate – even two years after the Brexit vote. During the referendum campaign, those on the leave side put the figure at £19bn per year, while remain voters pointed out that a large percentage of that money came…

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