SMEs warned to take care when choosing lenders

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) is advising SMEs to read the fine print when seeking finance after its number of rejected lenders skyrocketed in the last two years. A growing number of so-called ‘bandwagon’ lenders and ‘flatpack’

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Lending to SMEs grows for the first time since the recession

A comprehensive survey conducted by the British Business Bank has revealed that lending to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK is growing for the first time since the financial crisis began.

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SMEs face lean cashflow months

A study by Hitachi Capital Finance has revealed that the UK’s small businesses can expect three tough periods in 2016 when cashflow will be restricted.

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What would Brexit mean for UK SMEs?

According to a report called The New Internationals from commercial insurer RSA, the UK’s SMEs are EU-dependent, with 82 per cent seeing European markets as important to their future growth. Some 52 per cent say it is very important whilst

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Consumer rights are reviewed but are you aware of the changes?

Smailes Goldie is reminding SMEs that the law has changed for consumers and it now covers new areas. Introduced on 1 October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 seeks to simplify and modernise UK consumer law. The act replaces three

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Small drop in small business confidence, but no cause for alarm

Small businesses are slightly more cautious about their prospects than they were earlier this year, but remain generally optimistic about their future. The latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Index suggests that a slight fall in economic confidence – precipitated

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UK SMEs booming according to research

A new report has revealed that the number of UK SMEs experiencing growth of more than 50 per cent since 2013 has doubled. The research, conducted by Citrix and YouGov, goes on to identify important scale-up business as having a

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UK leads way on inward investment 2015

The UK has maintained its position as the number one destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe after attracting a record number of projects in 2014-15. Annual figures from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), published on 17 June, revealed

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Companies House launches new search service

Companies House has launched a new, free of charge search service of digital data held on the UK register of companies.

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The Budget could contain a hidden tax for small businesses, say Smailes Goldie

Hull-based Chartered Accountants Smailes Goldie has said that despite cuts to Corporation Tax, owners of smaller firms may find themselves paying out more in wages and increased tax on dividends.”

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