UK Manufacturing Sector experiences stronger growth in July

The latest data from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), showed that growth in the sector was 51.9 in July, after hitting a 26-month low in June. The UK Purchasing Managers’ Index measures growth in the sector on a month-by-month basis, where anything under 50 represents contraction, and anything over 50…

Approval received for £1.7b Yorkshire mine

On June 30th 2015 a £1.7b potash mine proposal secured approval from the park authority of the North York Moors National Park. The Sirius Minerals project will create over 1000 jobs and pump billions into the local economy, providing a boost to the area around the port town of Whitby. The mine, known as the…

Competition Winners and Anniversary Update

In June we celebrated our 20 Year Anniversary, and as part of our celebrations we ran a number of competitions for both new and existing customers. You can see the winners below: Winner of the Ipad Mini Leicestershire Haulier, a local businessman introduced to County approximately 5 years ago, he first purchased an asset we…

Celebrating 20 Years of Country Finance Group

This Sunday at County Finance Group we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary as a family owned independent finance house. Our business launched in 1995 and we now provide access to the very best tailor-made financial solutions for businesses purchasing new plant and machinery. Our customers consist of a whole range of industries from construction,…

How the UK General Election Will Affect SMEs

Image Source With the 2015 general election fast approaching, the two major parties have released their manifestos outlining their vision for the next five years. The Conservative party is still 100 per cent focused on economic growth and innovation, and this shone through in the recent budget. This put forward several commitments for the future,…

Why SMEs Are Turning Their Back on Banks

Is it true that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been turning their back on banks? Have alternative lending options become more attractive to business owners? Even though it’s only 46% of businesses who utilize external finance[1], it’s extremely important that businesses are properly financed because it is mainly used for growth and investment. Throughout…