Posts Tagged: SME finance

Business Borrowing Subdued Amid Economic Uncertainty

Nearly 40% of UK small and medium sized businesses  think that it might be difficult to obtain credit and just under a third (31%) see trade finance, or the maintenance of a healthy credit balance as an alternative to taking out a loan or overdraft, according to the latest BDRC-BVA SME Finance Monitor report, covering…

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Why Property Developers Should Consider Private Debt

  The world of property development has its own well-established finance ecosystem – one in which banks and also specialist lenders provide a range of funding options to investors, developers and entrepreneurs.   And that is good news for anyone preparing plans for an investment in the buy-to-let market or something more ambitious – perhaps…

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Preparing to Borrow For A Property Development Project  

Property development opportunities take many forms, so naturally enough, there are also numerous finance options. When preparing to borrow to fund a project, it’s important not only to match the source of finance to the project, but also to think about what the lender will require before signing off on a deal. So depending on…

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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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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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Private Debt Investors Increasingly Drawn To Special Situations Deals

Private debt investors are increasingly targeting higher risk deals, according to research published by alternative asset market intelligence provider Preqin.   In its latest quarterly Private Debt Market Update, Preqin estimates that there are more than 3,200 active private debt investors globally, and within that community the appetite for exposure to deals involving distressed debt…

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Crunching the Numbers – What 2017s Numbers Say About AltFi’s Future

2017 marked another year of growth for the Alternative Finance industry – a sector that now not only includes crowdfunding and platform lending, but arguably a whole new fund-raising category in the shape of initial coin offerings (ICOs). But what do last year’s figures tell us about the industry’s prospects in 2018. And perhaps more…

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Banks Face an Uber Moment, says Citigroup Report

Every industry has its Uber moment – the point when a new wave of technology-led challengers begin to change the game. And according to financial services giant Citibank, that moment has arrived for the banking industry in Europe and North America. In a new report entitled Digital Disruption – Citigroup puts traditional banks on notice…

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