Posts Tagged: debt finance

Universal Borrowing Price Comparison Gets Closer

  Last year the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) issued a directive to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) lenders to advertise their products with an annual percentage rate (APR) to show more clearly the cost of the borrowing. This proposal is to take effect from August and was mandated to allow clear comparison of products…

Read More

Opening the Books – Preparing for Due Diligence

Any business owner seeking to raise capital must inevitably ask a simple question. Will my funding proposal represent an attractive proposition to lenders or equity investors? It’s a question that is often the precursor to a series of steps that will ultimately create a better business. A requirement for additional finance forces a change of…

Read More

The Bank Referral Scheme Has Made Zero Impact

  The alternative finance industry was given a boost last year when the UK Government mandated that loans applications rejected by high street lenders must be referred to alternative finance providers. The Bank Referral scheme has so far failed to make any impact and now, just months after the introduction of this finance match-making service,…

Read More

More P2P Platforms Are Adding Credit Insurance

More players in the Peer-to-peer (P2P) industry are adding credit insurance to loans as a way to mitigate the risk of default. While some platforms have made credit insurance a key part of their business model, the practice is becoming more widespread as the cost of credit insurance is becoming cheaper.   Lisa Humphries, a…

Read More

Alternative Finance Terminology A-Z – Part 4 (S-Z)

 “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” – Woody Allen Welcome to Part 4 of our guide to Alternative Finance Terminology (see also Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). S Security In the world of Alternative Finance, security generally refers to collateral on a loan, which a lender can use to…

Read More

50,000 SMEs fold waiting for supplier payments

The UK’s poor supply chain practices put SMEs out of business says a new report from the FSB. The report, ‘Time to Act: The economic impact of poor payment practice, says British SMEs are owed a massive £67.4 billion in unpaid invoices and these late payment practices force an estimated 50,000 firms out of business each year.…

Read More

Will Growing Consumer Credit Be the Reason for a Rate Hike?

Rising household debt and consumer credit will be a key issue for the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee as it decides whether to hike interest rates. Speaking at the London School of Economics this week, Mark Carney, said consumer credit rose at its fastest rate since 2005, climbing more than 10 per cent. The…

Read More

Growing Appetite for Equity Finance Amongst UK SMEs

Pound coin stacks – Growing Appetite for Equity Finance Amongst UK SMEs

A new report from Albion Ventures has found that UK SMEs are becoming increasingly attracted to long-term equity finance. In 2013, just 12% of small and medium-sized businesses in the country were willing to give up equity in exchange for financial support. But, according to the latest figures, that figure has now grown to 44%,…

Read More

Asset Based Lending Reaches Record High in UK

pound coins – Asset Based Lending Reaches Record High in UK

Figures released by the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) reveal that the amount of finance made available to UK businesses through asset based lending leapt to a record high of £4.3 billion in Q3, up 22% over the same period last year. Asset based lending allows businesses to borrow against assets – including property, intellectual…

Read More