Financing business

Small firms predict 2015 growth

Almost two thirds of small businesses are predicting business growth in 2015, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Small firms lack savings accounts

Less than a third of small and micro-sized businesses put money into a business savings account, research by Aldermore has found.

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More start-ups seek private investment

The number of start-ups asking for permission to raise funds through a tax-efficient private investment scheme increased by more than 1,200 in the 2013/14 financial year, research by Radius Equity has found.

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New online venture capital initiative announced

SMEs will be able to get help securing finance from angel and venture capital investors online.

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Credit rating factors misunderstood

Just 2 out of 5 financial decision makers in UK SMEs have ever checked the business's credit report, a survey by Experian has found.

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Peer-to-peer lending exceeds £2bn

Peer-to-peer lenders have given more than £2 billion to businesses and individuals, according to data published by AltFi.

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Small firms blinkered to alternative finance

A third of SMEs are unaware of funding options other than the traditional forms offered by their high street bank, a survey by Aviva has found.

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SME lending under government scheme falls again

Lending to SMEs under the government's Funding for Lending scheme fell by £435 million in Q2 2014, according to the latest figures from the Bank of England.

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Small business banking ‘not working’

Banking for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is “not working” according to government research. A market study by the Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority found that banking for SMEs is not meeting needs of SMEs because it lacks competition and it is difficult to compare banks.

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SMEs still face late payment problems

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are owed £39.4 billion in late payments, research by Bacs Payment Schemes has found. Bacs, the company behind automated payments such as Direct Debit, surveyed 350 firms and found that UK firms are owed £46.1 billion. SMEs are being forced to shoulder most of the debt burden as corporate firms are owed £6.7 billion in comparison.

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