Posts Tagged: debt finance

SMEs’ Search for the Fastest Route to Finance

SME’s Are Losing Out Leaving Cash in the Bank Small businesses are benefiting from an increase in bank approval rates, according to research from BiZ2Credit. It reports that 25 per cent of SME loan applications at large banks were approved in October.   This is an improvement from the dismal post-recession statistics when the large banks…

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Alternative Finance and Multiple Funding Round

The concept of multiple funding rounds is familiar to most business owners – and particularly to those entrepreneurs who are focused on steering their companies on a growth path that runs from ‘startup’ to ‘scale-up’. The classic funding escalator runs from seed funding –  which might be sourced from angels, VCs, an accelerator, a government…

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Beyond Peer to Peer Lending – Why Opt For a Private Debt Platform?

‘Peer-to-peer lending’. These days it’s a term that is familiar to just about everyone with an interest in SME finance. Widely covered in the press and now broadly recognised by brokers and advisers as an option that should be considered when businesses need to borrow, Peer-to-Peer debt solutions are, arguably, no longer ‘alternative’ but part…

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Small Businesses Spurn Loans For Cash Advances

  More and more lenders are offering small businesses cash advances, a product that offers increased flexibility than traditional loans because the repayments are linked to the business’s turnover.   Nucleus Commercial Finance, this week, became the latest lender to roll out a cash advance product and chief executive Chirag Shah, said it’s because “Fixed…

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Wealth Managers Will Fill “Financing Gap” With P2P

The asset management sector is set to dramatically increase its involvement in peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, according to a new report from PwC.     The report, titled ‘Asset & Wealth Management Revolution: Embracing Exponential Change’, says asset and wealth managers will need to seek investment opportunities in niche areas such as P2P if they are…

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The Explosive Growth of Private Credit to Continue

  Private credit is now a globally established source of mainstream finance and according to a new report, Financing the Economy, is set to reach more than $1 trillion in market size by 2020.   The report is the latest study of the alternative credit  – or private debt as it is also known –…

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Industry Spotlight Shines on Commercial Bridging Market

  As the residential bridging market becomes increasingly competitive, more and more lenders are showing interest in commercial bridging and commentators are predicting a wave of new entrants into the sector.   Recent changes in the tax regime for landlords of residential buy-to-let properties means that more investors are switching into commercial property. This peak…

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In the Mainstream – Alternative Finance’s Strong Presence at the NACFB Expo

This year’s National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) Expo was a hugely successful event. Staged at the NEC Birmingham in late June, the Expo attracted brokers from across the UK, all of them keen to connect with finance providers, network with their peers and participate in discussions about developments in the industry.   Of…

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The Importance of Pre-Mandated Funds – A Valuable USP

It’s been only six years or so since the first peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms arrived to fill a vacuum created by the financial crisis. Since then, awareness of Alternative Finance has risen sharply. For many businesses today – whether seeking to borrow money or sell shares – an AltFi platform may be the first…

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