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Business Banking Resolution Service To Open In November

Business Banking Resolution Service To Open In November

Posted 2 months ago


The Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS) will now start to resolve disputes between businesses and participating banks from the middle of November, it has been announced. Designed to settle a..

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How Many EFG Loans Have Been Approved So Far?

How Many EFG Loans Have Been Approved So Far?

Posted 5 months ago


The EFG, Enterprise Finance Guarantee, is a scheme that facilitates lending to small businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance from their lender due to having insufficient security to ..

Tagged: Enterprise Borrow Business CBILS Banks


What Is The Term Funding Scheme, And Why Is It So Important To Extend It To P2P Lenders?

What Is The Term Funding Scheme, And Why Is It So Important To Extend It To P2P Lenders?

Posted 5 months ago


While much attention has been paid to the debate surrounding the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, very little focus has been paid to other lending support options. One of these is the ..

Tagged: News P2P Lending Bank of England


Business rates cuts and £3000 cash for small businesses

Business rates cuts and £3000 cash for small businesses

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO Sacha Bright comments on the Budget 2020, Wednesday 11th March Business rates cut to small business retailer  So, it takes a virus to get the government to unde..

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Banks not lending to small businesses is stunting Britain’s growth

Banks not lending to small businesses is stunting Britain’s growth

Posted 3 years ago


Every year, thousands of small businesses see their loan applications rejected by the big Banks. Figures from the British Business Bank (BBB) suggest that this equates to around £4bn in loans ..

Tagged: British Business Bank small businesses growth slowing business loans SMEs investment The Hampshire Trust Bank Centre for Economics and Business Research debt capital adequacy


Goldman Sachs to launch a UK online Bank and possible P2P lending platform

Posted 3 years ago


Goldman Sachs, the US based investment bank, is set to launch a new online Bank in the UK. It will aim to provide savers with more attractive returns than those on offer from the UKs high street Ban..

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Why interest rates remaining low for at least another year is good news for the peer-to-peer business lending sector

Posted 3 years ago


A survey by the BBC of the UKs leading economists suggests that interest rates are unlikely to rise before next year.   In June three of the nine members of the Bank of England’s (BoE) ..

Tagged: p2p lending peer to peer lending interest rates IFISA Bank of England alternative finance BBC


Personal relationships matter

Posted 3 years ago


Personal relationships matter. No matter the advances in technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), this remains clear. businessagent.com offers investors and businesses sight of the UK&rsq..

Tagged: alternative finance peer to peer p2p SME technology artificial intelligence investors businesses banks IFISA


What do debt warnings mean for investors and small businesses?

Posted 3 years ago


The debt warning The Bank of England (BoE) warned again on Tuesday about rising debt levels in the UK. Whilst the majority of UK household debt is related to mortgages, other debt such as credit ca..

Tagged: alternative finance business loans bank of england debt levels peer to peer P2P investing saving


Great news for small businesses: new NatWest “3 minute loan”

Posted 4 years ago


This week NatWest announced that it will be launching a new online lending platform. The “3 minute business loan” will allow small businesses to borrow up to £35,000 in a process t..

Tagged: business loan Natwest 3 minute business loan small businesses peer-to-peer marketplace p2p marketplace p2p loans p2p lending banks bank loan


6 things to check closely before applying for a crowdfunding loan

6 things to check closely before applying for a crowdfunding loan

Posted 4 years ago


There is an alternative to traditional lending from a Bank, debt crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending. There are risks for the companies doing the borrowing, just as there are for the lenders. Her..

Tagged: loans finance crowdfunding equity debt secured loans banks start ups smes business funding credit check


CMA Puts Pressure on High Street Banks to Step Up

Posted 4 years ago


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have spent the last 2 years inquiring into the technological state of high street banks and the ease of switching between accounts. The CMA have announced..

Tagged: banks cma interest rates mobile apps high street banks banking current accounts overdrafts technology fintech api loans borrowing alternative finance peer to peer bank of england


Banks Begin to Cut Interest Rates

Posted 4 years ago


The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) recently voted to cut interest rates down to a low of 0.25%, the lowest we have seen in 7 years. This is part of the measures that Mark Carney is planning to put ..

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Bank of England to Lower Capital Buffers & Interest Rates Following Brexit

Posted 4 years ago


  Mike Carney, the Bank of England’s Governor has stated that interest rates will be cut this summer to battle a Brexit slowdown.  Ten year government bond yields have dropped as we..

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CMA’s Output on Retail & SME Banking

Posted 5 years ago


The latest report from the CMA (competition & Market Authority) runs over the competition in retail banking, as well as provisions for SME’s. The 405 pages run over the problems being caus..

Tagged: CMA Retail Banking SME Entreprenuer Start-ups equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding p2p peer-to-peer alternative finance government current accounts personal banking hsbc lloyds tsb nationwide


Overfunded: Blessing or Curse?

Posted 5 years ago


  Crowdfunding has played a huge role in helping businesses get the boost they need and gain the funds they need. Equity Crowdfunding is the same practice however; it involves the selling of s..

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