Lending Growth

SME’s can expect strong growth in 2015

Reports released this week by the British Business Bank reveal that 46 per cent of UK SMEs are expected to grow in the next 12 months. The most concerning statistic for the Government was that 33 per cent of SMEs were unaware that they could access funding through Government and Local Authority grants showcasing a…

VAT Payments from SMEs up 10% in 2014

Data published by accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young points to a significant increase in the amount of additional VAT being paid by SMEs following compliance investigations. The accountancy firm’s research shows that in the past year, the HMRC took an additional £3.9bn in VAT payments from compliance investigations, an increase of 10% on the previous…

Over a Third of UK SMEs Ignoring Overseas Opportunities

Here we look at the opportunities which many UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have overseas, who is taking advantage of these opportunities and seeing success – and, interestingly, why many SMEs are ignoring the opportunity. In a recent survey carried out by the leading accountancy firm KPMG in conjunction with YouGov, it was reported…

Lending Growth

Explosive Growth in The UK’s Alternative Finance Market

The alternative finance market is currently booming. By the end of this year the market is expected to be worth £1.74bn. Next year  even more rapid growth is expected, and it has been predicted that the market could be worth around £4.4bn by the end of next year. Types Of Alternative Finance  Nesta, Britain’s innovation foundation, and the University…

SME lending

SME Lending Up 55% in September

Improvements in SME Lending Conditions Small businesses have benefited from record levels of financing thanks to a long awaited improvement in SME lending conditions, and a rise in fresh lenders including; peer-to-peer lender Wellesley & Co., founded in 2013, and Shawbrook Bank, established in 2011. Additionally, a report from the Bank of London and The…

Three Ways To Grow Your Manufacturing Business in 2015

According to BDO’s Manufacturing Index, which measures expected growth rates, expectations have fallen from 113.2 in August to 111.68 in September. With the manufacturing industry’s biggest market being the EU, poor economic performance of Europe’s biggest economy, Germany, was definitely a factor in this decline. However, there is a way the manufacturing industry, especially the small…

Small Business Confidence At Highest Point Since 2010

Business confidence shared by small companies has continued improving over the east quarter. Sixty per cent of companies surveyed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) expect further growth during the next year. All industrial and activity sectors reported a positive attitude for the seventh consecutive quarter, meaning that a more positive and optimistic outlook…

Recent Plans to Boost UK Manufacturing

Image Source Politicians have been warned by the EEF trade body that some “hard lessons” need to be learnt, concerning the state of the UK’s manufacturing sector. Representing Britain’s manufacturers and engineers, EEF have issued a manifesto that offers policy ideas to the three biggest political parties in the UK. At the heart of its…