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Supermarkets and their customers face £3.1bn a year of tariffs on food and drink unless a free trade deal is reached between the UK and the European Union. ...

All smiles as nursery chain helps feed community

The owners of a chain of children’s day nurseries have helped distribute more than £60,000 of donated food and other essential supplies to local people during ...

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LendInvest launches SIRA integration to automate

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Pepper Money reduces BTL rates

Pepper Money has reduced buy-to-let rates by up to 40 bps as part of the lender’s ongoing commitment to developing and improving its proposition. The new ...

Scottish builders urge Sturgeon to more than

House builders north of the border are calling on the Scottish government to step up new builds to 25,000 a year and to include more private homes. Homes for ...

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Beautiful Herefordshire events venue set for

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Masthaven reveals value to its lending markets

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Pre-fabs on the cusp of scaling up to build a

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Just Mortgages self-employed division hits the

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Property group’s £30m facility to create a “safe

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Landbay launches market-leading rates

Landbay, one of the UK’s leading specialist buy-to-let lenders, has today reduced the rate on its Special Edition two-year fixed rates for both 60% and 70% ...

Paragon Bank provides £300,000 CBILS loan to

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Proplend breaks £100m lending milestone amid

P2P lending platform Proplend announced this week that it had broken through the £100m lending milestone across the platform (£102m as of today), returned ...

21.2% increase in contract awards in August

The total value of construction contract awards in August 2020 was £4.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is 21.2% higher than for July but ...

Aspen completes two deals in five days each for

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Christie and Co sells portfolio of nine Scottish

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has facilitated the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of nine care homes in Scotland on behalf of ...

We are approaching the last chance saloon

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Octane creates waiting list for highly sought

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Aldermore announces new appointments to its

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Bounce Back Loan helps Shropshire business

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Local people winning construction jobs and

Local people are winning new jobs and gaining valuable skills working on the construction of the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre – all part of the West Midlands ...

Retail industry in “fragile recovery”

Responding to the latest ONS Retail Sales Index figures which showed a 4.1% increase in overall sales (retail sales excluding fuel: J3L2), Helen Dickinson, ...

Targeting landlords is a disaster and will have

The extension of the rent holiday for commercial properties is a disaster for landlords throughout the country who have been unable to force businesses who ...

Fiduciam provides £840,000 loan to children

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Award winning guest house in York purchased by

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Yolt user data reveals August as the month of

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Business events and conferences may not be given

In a devastating blow to the events industry, Boris Johnson has announced a review into the October 1st restart date for all business events and conferences. ...

West One makes significant enhancements to its

West One is making a series of further significant enhancements to its residential and buy-to-let second charge product ranges. This follows the expansion of ...

One in three businesses are redesigning job roles

The continued impact of Covid-19 is being felt in Britain’s workplaces, as new data from specialist recruiter Robert Half reveals one-in-three businesses are ...

Knowledge Bank launches a new series of Criteria

Following huge demand from brokers for their first six ‘Criteria Clinic’ sessions, Knowledge Bank has announced it is to start hosting the educational ...

Hope Capital posts record summer

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Red tape & tax cuts to revive coastal cities

Attracting developers post Brexit to invest in the country’s seaside towns and cities by offering one point of contact is behind the government’s ...

BRC responds to government extension of rent

Responding to the government announcement to extend the rent moratorium, Tom Ironside, director of business and regulation at the British Retail Consortium, ...

Just Mortgages employs first broker in new

Just Mortgages has just employed its first person in its new online territories. Spicerhaart and Just Mortgages are creating a number of territories across ...

Scania launches its first fully-electric truck

Logistics on the continent may be about to experience significant disruption. Scania – manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles – announced this ...

The Business Mortgage Company (TBMC) adds Hodge

The Business Mortgage Company (TBMC) has added Hodge to its lender panel providing its members with access to Hodge’s Holiday Let Mortgage. Discussing the new ...

Discount wholesaler M.L. Wakefield Ltd secures

Wellingborough based M.L. Wakefield Ltd, a leading factory outlet discount wholesaler that trades under the name Fashion Warehouse, has recently secured just ...

Retailers need to help themselves and not fleece

The call by restaurant chains and others to the government to extend the ban on the collection of rent on commercial properties such as shops and cafes ...

Greetings cards publisher wraps up 7 figure

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Christie & Co reveals a 58% increase in care

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Retail and hospitality – changes in consumer

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OMS in primary tech provider agreement with The

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Prices up again but oversupply risks London

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Younger workers far more likely to seek career

With ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures today revealing a rise of 156,000 young people (aged 16-24) without employment, new research has shown that ...

Pluto Finance completes £12m development funding

Pluto Finance has a completed a £12m Senior Development Loan for a residential-led mixed-use scheme by Dominvs Group on the site of The Fox public house in ...

Bounce Back Loan helps local restaurant Yamas

Family fun restaurant Yamas Tapas and Meze opened in Nottingham in 2001. It’s so popular that owners, the Ktori family, had completed renovations to double ...

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PiLON secures £3.5m funding from Arbuthnot

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending (ABL) has provided fast-growth social housing renovations and maintenance specialists, PiLON Ltd. (PiLON) with a £3 ...

YTD UK investment volumes at £23.1bn but signs

While total UK volumes for the year are unlikely to reach the long-term average of £44.9bn in 2020, according to Savills, proportionally certain sub-sectors ...

UK Finance achiever’s awards 2020

Foundation Student Award – Alexander Insuli, IGF Independent Growth Finance Certificate Student Award – Jamie Kemp, Lloyds Banking Group Financial ...

Developer extends newbuild sales period with £1

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Mortgage Broker Tools announces partnership with

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Online sales growth still strong but shows signs

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Bridging completions fall in Q2 2020 but

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Second Covid wave will leave retailers and

As Brits brace themselves for a second wave of the coronavirus, the leading home delivery specialist ParcelHero says retailers and manufacturers are already ...

Established plant nursery to develop garden

Ravensworth Nurseries in Richmond, North Yorkshire is investing £1.1m in developing an upmarket retail garden centre to enhance its already successful plant ...

Band on the Wall billed for expansion following

One of Manchester’s most iconic music venues has secured its future with the support of a six-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank. Based in the Northern ...

UK construction contractors cash in on new

Costain Group took this month’s top spot in the contractor league tables after being appointed the contractor for two major road projects. A new SMART ...

RICS UK Residential Market Survey, August 2020

  National house price growth indicator hits a four year high Enquiries, sales and new instructions all continue to rise 83% of respondents foresee ...

Dairy start-up moves to pastures green with

A Bideford-based dairy business has achieved exponential growth in its first year of trading after securing significant contracts in both the UK and overseas, ...

Stamp Duty cut leads to 222% bumper August for

In a boost for the UK property market, a new Twenty7Tec report reveals a highly unusual spike in August mortgage searches and applications, which increased ...

Teledentistry SmileDirectClub supports high

SmileDirectClub, the oral care company with the first medtech platform for teeth straightening, today announces it will be supporting British high streets and ...

How construction can survive post-covid

Like all industries, the construction industry has struggled during the current COVID-19 crisis. In order to survive, changes are being made, as construction ...

Bluestone urges brokers to support “non”

Bluestone Mortgages today warns that the needs of “non-standard” customers could end up being excluded from the development of open finance if advisers do not ...

Zephyr Homeloans joins IMLA

Zephyr Homeloans, part of Computershare Loan Services, has become the latest lender to join the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA), bringing the ...

Aspen solves two property problems in one £2.3m

A rapid £2,327,250, 73% loan-to-value bridging loan from Aspen has saved a customer’s £125k auction purchase deposit and provided additional funding on a part ...

Online shopping growth sees surge in e-commerce

The boom in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic has seen more than one in seven UK retailers (15%) create roles specifically to cater to an ...

Castle Trust Bank launches new range with

Castle Trust Bank has launched a new range of buy-to-let products up to 75% LTV, with instant terms available from the lender’s BDMs. The products are ...

Coastal hotel makes way for ‘staycation’

A sea view hotel on the South Devon coast is to make way for a series of modern ‘staycation’ apartments in a £3.3m re-development project. Lantern Lodge, ...

Stores still struggling despite retail sales rise

Covering the four weeks 2 – 29 August 2020 In August, UK retail sales increased 4.7% on a like-for-like basis from August 2019, when they had decreased. ...

Brokers search desperately for high LTV mortgages

Lenders continuing to tighten criteria is clearly still a significant issue for people with small deposits, as Knowledge Bank recorded that ‘Temporary Maximum ...

North West gift supplier on firm footing

A Manchester giftware supplier has strengthened its financial standing with the support of a seven-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank. Based in Oldham, ...

Infrastructure and incentives crucial to growing

Car makers have invested billions of pounds in an ever-growing range of electrified vehicles, many of which were on display at a special test drive event, ...

EnterprisingYou Programme supports small

The EnterprisingYou (EY) programme has proved crucial to the self-employed following the Covid-19 outbreak by providing support to self-employed businesses, ...

ProDog are Lloyd’s National Business Awards,

ProDog has recently been selected as a finalist in Lloyd’s National Business Awards 2020 for The Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience and Loyalty Category, and ...

Applications to finance jobs drop by 5.8% in

According to the latest job market data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library reveals that applications to finance jobs fell by 5.8% in ...

Billions invested in electric vehicle range

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today called on government to commit to significant long-term incentives for electric vehicle (EV) ...

Empty office blocks leave city centres bare

Covering the four weeks 2 – 29 August 2020 According to BRC-ShopperTrak data: UK footfall decreased by 34.8% in August, with only a 7.3 percentage point ...

Nivo joins the ASTL

Nivo has become the latest professional organisation to join the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) as an associate member. Fintech, Nivo, designed its ...

Lendlord launches mobile app

Online portfolio management platform Lendlord has launched an android app to provide users with the full functionality of the online platform from their ...

Google’s new Digital Services Tax fee is‘

From November, the internet giant Google will apply the full cost of Britain’s new Digital Services Tax (DST) to all ads on UK Google and You Tube as an ...

Hope Capital launches new Seventies Collection

Hope Capital has today launched the Seventies Collection which comprises two new bridging loan products. The two products, the HOPE 70 and the HOPE 75 are ...

ASTL Conference announces guest speaker

The ASTL has announced that Charles McDowell, managing director at Hampshire Trust Bank will speak in the guest slot at its virtual conference on Tuesday 22nd ...

UK firms optimistic about Covid-19 recovery

What impact is Covid-19 having on business confidence? And what recovery strategies are companies prioritising in response to the pandemic? Specialised ...

Revealed: These are the top 10 industries hiring

Small Business Prices reveals the easiest and the hardest sectors to find a new role in right now during these unprecedented times. Information, professional ...

July new car pre-registration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in ...

PMI manufacturing statistics – Barclays’

Lee Collinson, head of manufacturing at Barclays, said: “Following on from July’s welcome figures, after the reopening of factories and easing of lockdown ...

‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme has increased

Yolt, the smart-thinking money app, has revealed new data which demonstrates that the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme created a surge in eating out on Mondays, ...

Vida returns to mortgage market, developing

Vida has today made a full return to the intermediary mortgage market, celebrating a new start for the specialist lender following its recent successful £350m ...

Opportunity to own your own private valley

Savills has launched the sale of a 292 acre farm in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Dowthwaite Head, which sits north of Ullswater and close to ...

Can asset finance brokers turn the FCA’s new

The announcement from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of an impending ban on discretionary commission (differences in charges or DiC) models within the ...

Over £20m raised at Savills first August auction

On 25 August Savills held its first ever August auction. The August sale saw 51 lots sold and had a success rate of 86%, ultimately raising over £20m. While ...

Hospitality and Leisure bosses look to ‘

As hospitality and leisure businesses prepare for the August Bank Holiday, research from Barclays Corporate Banking reveals just 6% of businesses in the ...

Changes to Use Classes Order – impact for

In July 2020, the government announced changes to the Use Classes Order in England which, since 1987, has been the primary legislative tool to control changes ...

Vector Capital joins The Association of Short

Vector Capital specialises in finance for land and property development, bridging loans and secured business finance, providing confidential behind the scenes ...

July UK car production down – 20.8% as

UK car manufacturing output fell -20.8% in July as 85,696 units rolled off production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor ...

Hilltop Credit Partners completes £3m loan for

Funds advised by Hilltop Credit Partners, a specialist funding partner for SME residential developers, have completed a £3m loan to build a sustainable ...

More than 1,000 apprentices benefit from funded

A scheme set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to fund apprenticeship training for small businesses has supported 1,000 local people – helping ...

Half of HR bosses unaware of EV salary sacrifice

New research from vehicle leasing experts, LeasePlan UK, reveals that despite the majority (62%) of HR bosses and senior business leaders being challenged to ...

Are employees in other countries more

With offices still closed, employees continuing to work from home and day after day of virtual meetings, it could look like this form of working is now the ...

9 out of 10 shoppers say no delivery charge is

Nine out of ten shoppers say free delivery is their number one incentive to spend more, reveals new research conducted by the e-commerce delivery expert ...

Putting fire behind UK business through bounce

Barrow-upon-Humber based business, Holistic Fire Safety Limited, has secured a £25k Bounce Back Loan from Santander UK to meet growing demand as workers ...

Five startups win £1000 worth of finance training

Five startup businesses have won a year’s access to a new online finance training platform from a Yorkshire-based finance management firm. The wins are part ...

InfraStrata acquires Appledore Shipyard in £7m

Leading strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset lifecycle management company InfraStrata plc has acquired the historic and highly strategic ...

Construction PI insurance premiums likely to

Mactavish, the specialist outsourced insurance buyer and claims resolution expert, is warning that in the current economic climate, construction PI insurance ...

Promise Money Launches new website & broker

Following a rebrand from Promise Solutions to Promise Money, the specialist lending distributor has launched a brand-new website and processing system for ...

Registration opens for ASTL conference

Registration has opened for Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) Annual Conference, which will take place online as a virtual conference on Tuesday 22nd ...

Two-thirds of finance professionals still expect

A brand new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals that two-thirds (66.7%) of finance professionals still expect to receive a ...

Arbuthnot Latham Commercial helps Homesave UK

Arbuthnot Latham Commercial has provided a commercial loan of £2.2m for Homesave UK Limited, helping the company to transition its business model from ...

Small Brewers’ Forum launched to bring

Working with the Forum of British Pubs, a group of small brewers have launched the Small Brewers’ Forum to open the way for locally brewed beers to be sold in ...

Aldermore provides invoice finance facility to

Aldermore bank has provided an invoice finance facility to Fluid Science, the water solutions specialist. Founded in 2016 and based in Knowsley near, ...

Revenge of the high street: store sales boom as

There was plenty of good news for Britain’s beleaguered high street retailers in July’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures released today, ...

All construction sectors show signs of

All construction sectors show signs of

The total value of construction contract awards in July 2020 was £6.3bn which compares to £3.1bn in June and £1.6bn in May, underlining the magnitude of the ...

BRC respond to ONS Retail Sales Index

Responding to the latest ONS Retail Sales Index figures, which showed a 2.7% increase in overall sales (retail sales excluding fuel: J3L2), Helen Dickinson, ...

Lloyds suits Charles Tyrwhitt for £26m re

Luxury British shirt-maker Charles Tyrwhitt has agreed a new £26m financing facility with Lloyds Bank as it continues to strengthen its business and seek ...

Savills secures planning permission for one of

The Merrion Project, a £100m investment that will replace an existing office block on Merrion Street, will deliver 87 self-contained postgraduate studio ...

Delivering new technology across all road vehicles

Calls for additional support for the HGV sector grew this week with the deeply concerning news that registrations of new HGVs fell by -73.4% in the second ...

Buy-to-let purchase activity bounces back for

More than half of brokers have seen an increase in buy-to-let purchase business in recent weeks, with more than 30% seeing an increase in individual purchases ...

UK employees slow to return as 24 million Brits

New research from Insolvency Support has unveiled that an average employee would take a £2,665 pay cut per year in order to continue working from home when ...

Second lockdown more likely than Brexit to

More than twice as many principals, advisers and administrators worry about the impact of a second coronavirus lockdown than about Brexit, according to a new ...

Warren House, Surrey sold to Sun Hotel Limited

Warren House, Surrey sold to Sun Hotel Limited

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, is delighted to announce the freehold sale of Warren House in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey on behalf ...

United Trust Bank launches the ‘UTB Secure Chat

United Trust Bank (UTB) has launched its ‘UTB Secure Chat Hub’ providing brokers and customers with a straightforward and secure way of communicating with the ...

Assetz Capital partners with Aros Kapital to

Assetz Capital has signed a funding deal with Aros Kapital, a fast-growing Nordic financing provider focused on the SME segment, to contribute to its lending ...

LendInvest introduces Appetite Statements for

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has introduced Appetite Statements for landlords seeking a pre-agreed financing offer for their ...

Featherstone Homes turns former MOT garage site

Bespoke property developer, Featherstone Homes, has successfully transformed a former MOT garage and bus depot into new homes and commercial units in a £9.1m ...

Recycling comparison firm set for expansion

A phone recycling comparison business is set for further growth after buying its Maidstone headquarters with the support of Lloyds Bank. Kent-based Compare ...

New bus and coach registrations fall

New bus and coach registrations fell -77.1% in the second quarter of this year, with just 328 units joining British roads, according to figures released today ...

Property viewings up almost 30% in July

Data published today by Andrews, the south of England property group, shows instructions and viewings were up substantially in July 2020, as the stamp duty ...

Gift box company eyes further US expansion with

Boe House, the owner of Baby Box Shop, has received a £160,000 loan from Rosebud Finance, Lancashire County Council’s investment vehicle delivered by GC ...

New UK HGV registrations fall – 73.4% in

The UK’s new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market fell -73.4% in the second quarter of 2020, with 4,151 units registered, according to figures released today by ...

Belfast restaurants secure support package from

Bustling Belfast restaurants, Chubby Cherub and AMPM, have secured £150k and £190k respectively through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ...

Aspen completes 73% LTV auction finance bridge

Aspen Bridging took just five days to move a £193,450, 73% loan-to-value auction purchase application from illustration to completion, ensuring the first-time ...

Christie & Co brings to market Hotel Earls

Hotel Earls Court is a 17-room well-established hotel comprising single, double, and triple room accommodation arranged over a lower ground and three upper ...

New appointment for Bridge Help

Derbyshire-based short-term commercial finance company, Bridge Help has swelled its ranks further with the appointment of David Fielding. David joins the ...

Why economic uncertainty could mean an autumn

With full lockdown measures in place for the whole of April and May, the impact on the used car market, albeit devastating, is not surprising. According to ...

Clayton Glass secures £2m working capital

Clayton Glass Limited, one of the UK’s largest glass manufacturers, has secured new funding from Santander UK to support its growth following the acquisition ...

The latest Bridging Trends report shows a 45%

The latest Bridging Trends report shows a 45% fall in gross bridging loan volumes in the first half of the year, as activity is dented by the Covid-19. ...

UK commercial property remains stable

Hardening yields on industrial distribution and multi-let assets, combined with signs that West End office yields may also be about to come in, keep the UK ...

Bestway Retail Ltd instructs Christie & Co

The project, titled ‘Project Endeavour’, sees Christie & Co bring to market a selection of 37 Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Select Convenience and Central ...

WMCA partnership with Lloyds funds £1.8m for new

A partnership of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with one of the UK’s biggest banks is helping the region’s economy to recover from the Covid-19 ...

Insurance: Food and beverage sector faces major

Mactavish, the specialist outsourced insurance buyer and claims resolution expert, is warning companies operating in the food and beverage sector that any ...

Shaken, not stirred – alcohol producers

An audit of the alcohol market has found high levels of compliance to industry standards. While some claim that alcohol producers do not provide the right ...

Housing market rebounds but concern regarding

The housing market gained momentum in July as the recovery continued, according to the July 2020 RICS UK Residential Survey. Anecdotal evidence suggests the ...

New green apartment scheme hits full occupancy

A Huddersfield housing scheme powered entirely by renewable energy is now fully occupied, following the completion of a multi-million-pound project to ...

eBay advertising Christmas spend trends report

Covid-19 has caused Christmas to begin earlier than usual in the UK, with over a quarter (27%) of consumers planning to start Christmas shopping and ...

£25m fully affordable housing scheme for

Plans to provide dozens of affordable homes on a derelict site in Lewisham as part of a £25m housing scheme have been unveiled today by developer Southern ...

ThinCats provides CBILS funding via seven figure

ThinCats, the leading alternative lender to mid-sized businesses, has provided a CBILS loan to fund the acquisition of a new care home by Devonshire Care Ltd, ...

The market bounces back and prices soar

The UK property market recovery continues, stepping up a gear in response to considerable pent-up demand and delayed sales, according to Home.co.uk‘s ...

MBT data sheds light on LTV concerns

Data Analysis by Mortgage Broker Tools (MBT) has found that, while lending options remain restricted at higher LTVs, most brokers using MBT Affordability are ...

West One launches limited edition buy-to-let

West One has today, 12th August, launched two limited edition buy-to-let products, both of which are available for standard and specialist landlords. The ...

UK used car sales halve to 1 million as

The UK’s used car market declined by -48.9% in the second quarter of 2020 with just 1,039,303 units changing hands, according to the latest figures released ...

White Stuff sharpens digital focus with bank

British fashion and lifestyle brand White Stuff is to accelerate its shift to digital-driven retail as it grapples with the challenges posed by Covid-19, with ...

The UK’s top 50 Contractor activity recovers to

RJ McLeod took this month’stop spot after being appointed the main contractor for the £500m Viking Wind Farm in the Shetland Isles, Scotland. This large ...

Care operators purchase a further two care homes

Kim and Phil Rogerson, well established healthcare professionals, have purchased Abbotsfield Residential Care Home in Barrow-in-Furness and Greenlane House in ...

LendInvest raises maximum loan size for MUFB

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has made a series of changes to its buy-to-let product suite. LendInvest has increased its maximum ...

Aspen completes £150k development exit bridge

Aspen Bridging has completed a £150k development exit bridging loan on a remote property in Wales, using its desktop valuations system to overcome national ...

Some signs of retail recovery but little cause

Covering the four weeks 5 July – 1 August On a total basis, sales increased by 3.2% in July, against an increase of 0.5% in July 2019*, It is above the- ...

Bradburys Cheese secures tasty £1.5m CLBILS

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has provided Bradburys Cheese with a £1.5m loan as part of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ) ...

MCI Club partners with LiveMore Capital,

The MCI Mortgage Club has this week added LiveMore Captial to its panel, extending its range of products to include retirement interest only (RIO) mortgages. ...

City Finance Brokers and Ultimate Finance

City Finance Brokers, the specialist mortgage and finance brokerage, has become the first broker to complete a bridging loan facility with Ultimate Finance ...

Future is green for Highland house builder

A Highland property developer is set to launch the first five units of a 38-plot development despite months of disruption caused by Covid-19, thanks to a six ...

Royal Bank of Scotland report on jobs

Scottish labour market conditions remained challenging in July, with hiring activity continuing to contract substantially overall. That said, the pace of the ...

CII and university launch MBA in Islamic Finance

The Chartered Insurance Institute and Islamic Insurance Association of London have worked with the University of Bolton to launch an MBA in Islamic Finance ...

Why July’s boost in sales doesn’t guarantee an

The number of new cars registered by UK buyers rose by 11.3% in July, according to the latest figures released by SMMT this week. The year’s first month of ...

Businesses in regions hardest hit by pandemic to

Two regions in the UK hardest hit by the pandemic are to receive a boost with new gift card programmes designed to stimulate the local economy. Southport and ...

LendInvest receives top rating from European

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has received the highest possible rating from a European ratings agency for the sixth consecutive ...

City dwellers wish to relocate to the South West

Fresh research from Barclays Mortgages has found residents of UK’s biggest cities are no longer happy with where they’re living, and as a result are ...

Finsbury Park Guest House in London sold to

The hotel sits in a three-storey Victorian style building a short walk away from Finsbury Park Railway Station and Finsbury Park which holds a number of large ...

Tough times ahead as spending intentions remain

The BRC and Opinium have been working together to track consumer behaviours and their sentiment towards coronavirus. This research has run weekly since 1st ...

CPS responds to planning White Paper

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the publication of the government’s White Paper, ‘Planning for the Future’. The think tank praised the focus on ...

Funding could be the one catch that could jinx

Expert analysis by CEO and founder of Hilltop Credit Partners “Showing no signs of a lockdown fatigue, the housing market is enjoying a fantastic recovery ...

Assetz Capital applies for £10m BCR Pool E grant

Assetz Capital has applied for a Pool E Banking Competition Remedies (BCR) £10m grant as it continues to scale its SME lending at pace. The £1bn peer-to-peer ...

The UK’s fastest growing free-from brand,

Livia’s, the fastest growing free-from treat brand in the UK, today launches its first crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Already surpassing the £1m investment ...

Finance job numbers down 61.2% compared to last

According to the latest job market data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, the amount of finance jobs being advertised fell by 61.2% in ...

Benefit of government intervention seen in

The Q2 2020 RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure market survey results predictably show a contraction in output, as workloads decline across all sectors. ...

New car registrations up 11.3% as pent up demand

UK new car registrations rose for the first time this year, by 11.3% in July, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and ...

LCV market grows for the first time since January

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market saw its first month of growth since January, with a 7.1% increase in registrations, according to the latest ...

Electric vehicle start-up opens flagship Bristol

An electric vehicle (EV) retailer has opened its first store in the centre of Bristol, following a funding package from Lloyds Bank. EcoMove, which was ...

Clear evidence that the auction world has

Over 3,000 people registered to bid online at Ewbank’s latest three-day sales series, providing the clearest evidence yet of the mass migration online of the ...

Covid-19 sends van insurance premiums into reverse

Insurance premiums for van drivers have dropped an average of 2.3% in the last three months, according to the latest figures from data analytics company ...

Construction insurance market: Significant

Mactavish, the specialist outsourced insurance buyer and claims resolution expert, warns the construction insurance market is growing increasingly distressed ...

PwC encourages staff back into the office but

On Monday, Kevin Ellis, chair of accountancy firm PwC – which has more than 22,000 staff across the UK – said he hopes to have around half of the ...

UTB Mortgages launch WebChat and further product

United Trust Bank (UTB) have revealed the next set of mortgage product, criteria and technology enhancements aimed at getting the mortgage industry back open ...

LendInvest finances £10m bridging loan for South

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has funded a £10m bridging finance loan in a tight time frame, after the borrower ran into ...

Data shows consumer tolerance of online service

A study released today reveals the scale of omni-channel pressure brands now faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as consumers flock to apps and ...

60% sales boom for food manufacturer during-

A food manufacturer and wholesaler in Shrewsbury has been able to expand its services and safeguard the future of the business with the help of a six-figure ...

Innovation in technology, transport and housing

Eight ‘shovel ready’ projects, ranging from the National Brownfield Land Institute to Very Light Rail developments are to benefit from £66m of government ...

Lendlord launches tax insights for landlords

Online platform, Lendlord, has partnered with Guardian Tax & Accounting to enhance its portfolio management product with automated tax insights for ...

Castle Trust Bank recruits sales director

Castle Trust Bank has recruited Jason Neale to become its new sales director as the lender continues to focus on plans to grow its specialist lending. ...

McGill’s residential Dundee waterfront

Dundee based McGill’s residential development and home building arm, McGill Homes, were today notified that their project to convert the former Department for ...

Young people and adults to benefit from new

Young people in the West Midlands will benefit from new one-year training courses at further education colleges and private providers to equip them with the ...

Employers risk breaching regulations if impact

Employers and trustees could be at risk of inadvertently breaching regulations if the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is not fully understood in the ...

Hope Capital records 350% spike in £1m-plus cases

Hope Capital has seen new cases for loans in excess of £1m increase by 350% month-on-month in July. The latest figures from Hope Capital follow a year-on year ...

Try Adviser Network granted FCA Permission to

The Try Adviser Network of mortgage brokers has been granted permission by the FCA to give financial advice on Shariah-compliant home purchase plans. Try ...

West One recharges its proposition

West One has relaunched its buy-to-let and second charges products, with new rates and criteria to support borrowers as the economy emerges from lockdown. The ...

Jones Convenience Store in Shepton Mallett has

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, is delighted to announce the sale of the Jones Convenience Store in Shepton Mallett, Somerset. The ...

Paragon provides £500k CBILS to Norfolk based

Paragon Bank has provided a £500,000 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) to Norfolk based plant hire firm, Newall Plant Ltd, continuing its support ...

Aspen saves £325,000 deposit with £1.9m bridge

A Chinese property professional has saved their £325,000 deposit on a newbuild London penthouse after delays in their term finance application, thanks to a 12 ...

UK’s thriving staycation market to drive

According to Savills, the vast numbers of UK holiday makers opting for a staycation this summer is a trend set to continue in light of current international ...

The worst six months since rationing ended

Production figures released this week by SMMT reaffirm the difficulties that all automotive businesses are facing as they try to restart while major markets ...

Job losses are expected to rise but how many

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to end and short-term funding boosts run out, we are starting to see the inevitable – restructuring by ...

Post-pandemic property market slump presents

‘Build, build, build’ is the prime minister’s message as we lift from lockdown and focus on getting the economy moving. Infrastructure and construction are ...

Leisure venue to open tomorrow after being

A North Yorkshire leisure venue that offers ten-pin bowling, snooker, children’s soft play and more says it has plans in place to install social distancing ...

UK car production down

UK car production declined -48.2% in June with 56,594 units made, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ). ...

Pandemic begins to push up vacancy rates

In the second quarter of 2020, the overall GB vacancy rate increased to 12.4%, from 12.2% in Q1. This was the eight consecutive quarter of increasing vacancy ...

First rail companies pledge £300,000 to boost

Two large employers are helping the region’s economy recover from COVID-19 by pledging £300,000 to the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund set up by the West ...

UK commercial vehicle production grows in June

UK commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 23.9% in June, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ), ...

OFFA joins The Association of Short Term Lenders

OFFA has become the latest lender to join the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL). OFFA is the first bridging finance provider in the UK to offer ...

Barclays boss urges staff back to offices

Yesterday, Barclays boss Jes Staley signalled that he wants employees working from home during the pandemic to return to the office ‘over time’. ...

Retail and office sectors hit hardest by the

RICS UK Commercial Market Survey, Q2 2020 Rents predicted to fall sharply across the office and retail sectors in the year ahead 93% of respondents envisage ...

Former home of William Wordsworth in Somerset

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, is delighted to announce the sale of the Alfoxton Park Hotel estate near Bridgwater in Somerset to ...

Has the lockdown forever changed the art,

In 2019, close to two billion people purchased items online — but most of the sellers of art, vintage, and antiques lost out. Why? Because the vast majority ...

Gatehouse Bank joins broker database Knowledge

Gatehouse Bank has joined the Knowledge Bank platform, allowing thousands of additional brokers nationwide to view its home finance criteria on the biggest ...

Southern Grove unveils £4.5m development of

Developer Southern Grove today unveils a £4.5m pilot development of mews houses in a popular residential area of north London. The scheme in leafy Finchley, ...

HTB Development Finance increases LTGDV to 65%

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) Development Finance team has today announced an increase in LTGDV to 65% for loans up to £6m. The move is part of a deliberate ...

Ponteland post office in Newcastle Upon Tyne

The business comprises a post office, travel agency and a newsagent, all of which are staff run. It boasts a high turnover, most of which comes from its ...

Bridging lenders concerned about court delays

Seven in 10 bridging lenders (68%) are concerned about the capacity of the courts to deal with the caseload when the enforcement moratorium is lifted, ...

Mental health pandemic is looming say rural

Rural businesses aren’t just farms. Rural areas are full of innovative small businesses doing everything from accountants in sheds at the bottom of gardens, ...

Shop price decline slows

Period Covered: 01 – 07 July 2020 Shop prices fell by 1.3% in July compared to a decrease of 1.6% in June. This is below the 12-month average price ...

United Trust Bank continues to expand its

United Trust Bank (UTB) is continuing to expand its Development Finance Division with the appointment of a new director and a new manager. Hardeep Thandi ...

Aon report highlights gig worker needs and HRD

A new report from Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, shows ...

Taxing online shopping as a potential

A new tax on goods sold online is being considered by the chancellor amid growing concern about the collapse of the high street as Britain emerges from the ...

Peak vacation season Business Email Compromise

The cybersecurity and information resilience team at BSI is advising organisations to remain alert to an increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks ...

Online shoppers must not be the fall guys who

The government is reportedly examining how the ‘the tax system raises sufficient revenue’ to cover the cost of lost business rates, as the coronavirus ...

Impact of Covid-19 on global tourism made clear

The enormous toll of Covid-19 on international tourism has now become clear, with World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) data showing the cost up to May was ...

MBT launches BTL Affordability

Mortgage Broker Tools has launched BTL Affordability – a ground-breaking enhancement to MBT Affordability that enables brokers to research how much their ...

eKeeper AML and credit reports prove a hit with

More than 250 advisers have signed up for anti-money-laundering (AML) and credit reports through the eKeeper CRM in the three months since the feature was ...

Hope Capital gears up for growth with an eye on

Hope Capital is gearing up for a period of sustained growth, as it proceeds with the next phase of its ambitious expansion strategy. The specialist short-term ...

Orbital Care Services purchase Mapleford Nursing

Mapleford is a purpose-built nursing home facility spread out over two floors. The business is registered for 54 residents, though there are currently 43 ...

Mint Bridging joins The Association of Short

Mint Bridging has become the latest lender to join the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL). Mint Bridging offers bridging finance for borrowers, ...

Why securing trade deals is vital for automotive

As another week of trade talks between the UK and EU ended, the automotive industry is no nearer to knowing whether a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement will ...

Landbay launches a new funding partnership and

Landbay, one of the UK’s leading buy-to-let lenders, has launched a new funding partnership with a UK bank. This deposit-taking bank will fund mortgages ...

Retail sales claw back to normal levels, but

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures for June showed sales soared by over 13% compared to May, to reach near-normal levels. In fact, ...

Home improvement businesses supported through

A company that makes bespoke fitted furniture says that a six-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank means it will return from lockdown ready to capitalise ...

June ONS retail sales reveal full impact of UK

The latest ONS retail figures show growth for the first time since lockdown began at 13.9%. Yet this presents a fraction of what is required to make ...

Number of contracts awarded increase in June

The total value of construction contract awards in June 2020 was £2.2bn based on a three-month rolling average. Compared to May, this is a decrease of 9.2% ...

Selina Finance raises Series A to unlock value

Digital lender Selina Finance has completed a £42m Series A fundraise, it announced today. The funding includes £12m in equity and £30m in debt lines and will ...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims

Thousands of businesses that wish to make claims under the job retention scheme up until the end of June need to do so by the end of the month or lose out, ...

UK manufacturing exports hit record low

UK manufacturing exports fell sharply in Q2 2020, according to the Lloyds Bank International Trade Index. The speed of decline was the fastest since data ...

Driving the future: How the global pandemic has

With many commuters shunning the prospect of rail travel and season tickets, a marked reduction in road use outside cities and a shift towards remote working ...

County show ensures suppliers and ticketholders

The New Forest and Hampshire’s flagship county show has refunded all of its suppliers and customers after it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Historic Sussex business clinches land deal to

Family-run business, Bodle Bros Ltd, which has been supplying animal feed to local farms in the Mid Sussex area and grain merchanting for nearly 200 years, ...

ASTL announces Annual Conference

The Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) has announced the date, and a number of exciting changes, for its Annual Conference 2020. The ASTL Annual ...

Bold measures see the largest intervention of

Legislation laid in parliament yesterday sets out additional permitted development rights intended to boost housing supply and revitalise town centres in ...

Knock Castle Hotel and Spa in Crieff brought to

Knock Castle Hotel & Spa dates back to 1870 and is well-known as the grand former home of Scottish shipping magnate, Lady MacBrayne. The hotel comprises a ...

Online sales soar 400% higher for Wildlife World

Cotswolds-based garden products retailer Wildlife World has seen a 400% increase in online sales compared to this time last year, after securing a six-figure ...

LendInvest launches new structured property

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has launched a new structured property finance team to offer a tailored service to brokers and ...

UTB’s ‘#BrokerSummerSupportPackage’ campaign

United Trust Bank (UTB) have made it their mission to help get the mortgage industry back open for business by launching its #BrokerSummerSupportPackage ...

Simply packages up a great deal for a

Simply, the SME funder, today announced that it has provided £123,500 to a repacking and distribution services company to enable it to grow its business. The ...

Online training platform launches with chance to

To celebrate the launch of its new financial training platform, Yorkshire-based finance management specialist Mellor Financial Training is offering businesses ...

Zephyr Homeloans joins Openwork’s mortgage panel

Zephyr Homeloans, the specialist buy-to-let (BTL) lender, has joined the mortgage panel at Openwork, one of the UK’s largest and longest established financial ...

Pepper Money brings back BTL purchase loans

Pepper Money has relaunched its buy-to-let purchase mortgages for individual investors and limited companies after closely monitoring the market and demand ...

Savills – Activity in global real estate

Overview The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every corner of the world and, consequently, global real estate investment activity slowed dramatically ...

First Greater Manchester recovery tracker survey

The results of the first fortnightly GM Recovery Tracker survey conducted by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce show a slight improvement in customer ...

Landbay increases maximum lending limit to £1.5m

Landbay, one of the UK’s leading buy-to-let lenders, has today increased its maximum loan sizes from £1m to £1.5m on all standard properties, houses in ...

Bridging lenders upbeat on long-term prospects

The latest sentiment survey from the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) shows that bridging lenders are upbeat about the long term prospects for the UK ...

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL provides £2m facility

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL is pleased to announce the recent completion of a £2m financing for Climatec Windows Limited and Alu-Tec (UK) Limited. The facility ...

Global transport: What does the future hold?

Here are the main points addressed in this study (download it here) Coface does not expect the sector to recover to fourth quarter 2019 level before 2022. In ...

Brixham Holiday Park back open for business

A South Devon holiday park is back up and running and looking to sunnier times ahead following support from Lloyds Bank. Brixham Holiday Park had to close its ...

Paymentology offers welcome relief to ex

Leading Payments Processor, Paymentology has recruited a team of Wirecard employees offering some welcome relief to the industry following the collapse of ...

Financial services never the same: Workers do

On Friday, Boris Johnson held out the prospect of a “significant return to normality” by Christmas as he announced a fresh easing of lockdown restrictions in ...

PropertyPal Mortgages speeds up processing times

PropertyPal Mortgages, the mortgage arm of Northern Ireland’s leading property portal, has teamed up with eKeeper to launch its own mortgage pre-approval ...

Bleak reality for finance professionals, as

According to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, job numbers in the finance industry plummeted by ...

Day Nursery in prime London location sold

Little House Day Nursery was established in 1998 and has since grown into a business reputed for its high-quality childcare. This children’s day nursery ...

iES secures £500k funding package following

Intelligent Environmental Services (iES), a leading North West environmental consultant, has secured a £500k invoice finance facility from Advantedge as it ...

Buy-to-let landlords need to assess how green

Buy-to-let landlords in England should be assessing the energy efficiency works that their properties require in advance of the opening of online applications ...

Webinar live today at 2pm – The key to the

Anthony Carty, group financial planning & business development director, explores the variety of ways accumulated pension funds can form a vital part of ...

Octane Capital cuts loan application times by as

‘Product-less’ lender, Octane Capital, today announced it has radically streamlined its application process for brokers and borrowers alike — in some cases ...

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL provides £1.2m CBILS

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending (ABL) has supported window and door manufacturer, GJB Group with a £1.2m Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan ) ...

Support from Lloyds Bank safeguards jobs at

A specialist membership and insurance company for the health and beauty sectors has been able to secure all the jobs of its 14 staff during the coronavirus ...

BRC responds to consultation on UK Internal Market

Responding to the UK government’s consultation on its legislative proposals on the UK Internal Market, published today, BRC’s head of devolved nations, David ...

Shining a light on the ‘dark art’ of

Paul Raeburn, Chartered Surveyor, RICS accredited mediator, arbitrator and head of specialist diminution valuation consultancy, Radius Consulting, examines ...

Aldermore welcomes Parliamentary report on UK

Aldermore bank welcomes the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprise) House Builders report on ways ...

Completions unchanged but there’s a big bump in

Reaction from Tom Slingsby, CEO Southern Grove The ONS affordable housing stats were updated this morning, and show that in the final two quarters of 2019/20, ...

Paragon provides £135,500 CBILS funding to Powys

The CBILS loan has enabled Hadley Hargreaves to recover from cash flow issues and losses as a result of the pandemic. It has also provided funds to purchase ...

Scottish hotel business Crieff Hydro secures £5m

Crieff Hydro, a family-run Scottish hotel group, has secured a £5m CBILS overdraft from Santander UK to help the business through the challenges facing the ...

Chamber sets out to lead employment, skills and

Following last week’s Summer Statement by chancellor Rishi Sunak on the next phase of the government’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic focused on job ...

Morgan McKinley Spring London Employment Monitor

Morgan McKinley’s Q2 Spring London Employment Monitor details City hiring trends from April through June 2020. The second quarter (Q2) of the year saw ...

iknowa launches a revolutionary platform for

iknowa, a property and financial technology startup that is making building and renovation projects easier, safer and more efficient, today, announced its ...

Childcare provider takes first steps towards

An East Midlands-based childcare provider has expanded its footprint in the region after completing the acquisition of two nurseries in Mansfield, with the ...

Leading UK fruit farmer, Bardsley England, is

Bardsley England, a 128-year-old fruit farming business, is preparing for the next chapter in its long and successful history following the exciting ...

Hiring activity across Scotland continued to

Although rates of contraction did ease from May, they remained marked and among the quickest in the survey’s history. At the same time, demand for staff ...

Prices leap as the market surges

The post-lockdown restart of the property market is proceeding with considerable aplomb, according to Home.co.uk’s Asking Price Index for July. The mix ...

One in three finance professionals have

According to brand new research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, one in three (38.6%) finance professionals admit that they have ...

VAS Valuation Management looks to “deliver

Following increased demand due to fluctuating market reports and heightened uncertainty around the value of the global property markets since the Covid-19 ...

Signs of growth but crisis far from over

Covering the four weeks 31st May – 4 July 2020 On a total basis, sales increased by 3.4% in June, against a decrease of 1.6% in June 2019*. It is the ...

Free coding bootcamp to help people to

Local people seeking a new career in technology are being invited to join a free Covid-19 response bootcamp to take them from scratch to professional ...

BRC responds to mandatory face coverings

Responding to reports that face coverings will become mandatory in shops in England from 24 July, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail ...

La Barca is grilled to bits with £175k support

La Barca is an established Italian restaurant that has operated from the same premises in central London for over 40 years. The restaurant has an impressive ...

The great lockdown cook off – Yorkshire

A Pudsey metal fabricator is ramping up production of outdoor pizza ovens and indoor BBQ grills to meet demand for luxury home cooking appliances with support ...

Instructions and viewings in England rebound

Data published today by Andrews, the property group with 48 offices throughout the south of England, shows instructions in April and May 2020 were down 90% ...

£25m funding package secured for national care

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has successfully helped Creative Support with a new £25m re-financing deal, providing the national not-for-profit ...

Criteria searches up 68% as mortgage market

The latest figures from Knowledge Bank’s mortgage criteria activity tracker show brokers’ searches up by more than two-thirds (68%) as the market responds to ...

Why dedicated support for auto sector is now

The automotive sector has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, with thousands of job losses already announced and many more at risk. So it’s ...

Hampshire banker turned butcher realises dream

Reach Commercial Finance has help realise a dream for an artisan butcher from Fordingbridge in Hampshire by securing a £150K loan under the Enterprise Finance ...

Lockdown learning: Hodge provides CPD-accredited

More than 100 intermediaries attended each of the six CPD-accredited webinars held by Hodge during lockdown. The webinars were aimed at brokers who are ...

Lloyds Bank support gives Yorkshire leisure

The operator of a group of residential and holiday caravan parks is looking forward to the future after receiving support through the Coronavirus Business ...

Footfall recovers ground as shops reopen

Covering the five weeks 31 May – 4 July 2020 Shops in Northern Ireland opened on 12th June, and in England on 15th June. As a result, we have provided ...

Tariff-free trade essential to protect public

The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner and the source of a huge amount of the goods we buy. Four-fifths of UK food imports come from the EU and EU imports ...

Engineering group to power growth with over £1m

First Components Ltd specialise in the design and manufacture of precision milled parts, wire products, metal pressings, laser cutting and metal finishing ...

NAEA Propertymark to partner with REACH UK real

NAEA Propertymark has partnered with REACH UK, an award-winning scale up programme, to help its members navigate through the world of technology by selecting ...

Gatehouse Bank appoints new asset manager for

Gatehouse Bank has appointed John Coles as an asset manager in its real estate investment advisory team. John joins the Bank from Hearthstone Investments, ...

Demand for business training soars during

As millions of workers have been forced to stay at home over the past few months, there has been a massive spike in the number of commercial opportunities ...

Association of Taxation Technicians: Proof of

The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) welcomes the temporary VAT cut for food and drinks.. In the Plan for Jobs presented by the chancellor, it was ...

Recruitment drive launches to get the West

Hundreds of work coaches are being recruited to boost employment in the West Midlands as part of a new package of support focused on training and reskilling ...

RICS UK Residential Market Survey, June 2020

The UK housing market is showing initial signs of recovery as new buyers and sellers come in to the market, but respondents remain cautious about the year ...

Three big employers join WMCA scheme to boost

Three large employers are helping the region’s economy to recover from the Covid-19 shutdown by contributing more than £200,000 to fund apprenticeship ...

Wylie and Bisset advises hospitality operators

Ahead of the reopening of pubs and restaurants on Wednesday 15th July as lockdown measures are eased, chartered accountants Wylie & Bisset is advising ...

Award-winning Swansea hotel, pub & wedding

An award-winning, family-run hotel, pub and wedding venue in Swansea is hoping to welcome patrons back in July following support from Bank of Scotland. Based ...

Leading hotel group welcomes staycationers

Torquay Leisure Hotels Limited, the South West’s largest serviced accommodation provider, successfully secured a £1m Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan ...

WMCA announces multi-million-pound investment

Work to breathe new life into a derelict industrial site close to the heart of Birmingham is being accelerated following a multi-million pound investment by ...

Chancellor must get public spending

The ongoing pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for the retail industry. Now, three weeks after shops opened in England and Northern Ireland, ...

Old Amersham Hotels and Redesdale Holdings

Old Amersham Hotels (Holdings) Ltd, a company that runs three popular local hotels and venues in Buckinghamshire, plus its sister company Redesdale Holdings ...

The end of seasonal peaks: home shopping will

Despite the reopening of the majority of high street stores, the UK courier expert ParcelHero says demand for home deliveries has now become evergreen, with ...

YourZooki secures an additional £150,000 after

YourZooki, a premium liquid supplements brand, is gearing up for further growth after receiving an additional £150,000 from Rosebud, Lancashire County Council ...

UK jobs on the up: sales vacancies rise 26%

Demand for sales staff spiked last week as hiring across the country saw the first positive increase in weeks, with the number of jobs posted across the UK up ...

Covid-19 has helped build stronger client

Home working is opening up new opportunities for UK businesses, with 70% of companies claiming that it has potentially strengthened relationships with, ...

What skills do you need to start a street food

Are you thinking about starting a street food business? Well, you need to make sure that you have the right skills for the job. If you are starting the ...

Surveyors Naismiths add to senior team as

The national firm of surveyors Naismiths has appointed Kevin Marshall as a director of building consultancy, as part of a strategic expansion. The firm, which ...

UK Footfall recovery remains sluggish

Shops in England reopened 15th June, in Northern Ireland 12th June, in Scotland (mostly) 29th June, and in Wales 22nd June. UK footfall decreased 49.6% year ...

Aspen revels “excellent” June figures

Aspen Bridging has reported June 2020 to be one of its best months on record, approving £294m of deals across 382 cases. The figures are up from £107m across ...

Government has limited scope to reduce VAT, says

The government is reportedly considering a reduction to the rate of VAT to encourage people to spend more. But, says accountants and business advisers Kreston ...

Stagecoach Performing Arts thriving through

Stagecoach Performing Arts, the children’s performing arts franchise with a global presence in eight countries, has continued to adapt and thrive throughout ...

Manufacturing industry optimistic for recovery

A new survey from SteelScout has found that more than 60% of professionals in the manufacturing industry expect the sector to recover from Covid-19 and return ...

MCI Mortgage Club grows BTL Panel by adding

lThe MCI mortgage club has appointed Zephyr Homeloans to its growing panel of specialist lenders for buy-to-let products. Zephyr supports a product range ...

Staycations boost for motorhome dealership as

The 102-year-old Warners Motor Group in Gloucestershire has seen soaring demand for motorhome rentals as holidaymakers plan UK trips because of restrictions ...

Van market shrinks – 24.8% in June

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -24.8% in June, as lockdown measures eased and businesses began to return to work, according to the ...

Klarna & BigCommerce research highlights

Four in ten UK shoppers (38%) abandon a purchase at least once a week, with a fifth (21%) claiming to do so more regularly. That’s according to new research ...

Ultimate Finance adds bridging finance to its

Specialist asset-based lender Ultimate Finance is today announcing that it can offer Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) backed bridging ...

Apprenticeships: Part of our culture and recipe

The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership (the Partnership) has today stated its commitment to apprenticeships, as struggling industries and employers ...

Manufacturers are ready to adopt new ways of

The coronavirus has brought significant changes to the way we work. And this change is expected to continue at least, for the foreseeable future. These ...

Lift-off on travel welcome, but ‘traffic lights’

Whilst the announcement to loosen travel restrictions on certain overseas destinations is welcome news, RSM has voiced concern over the major challenges posed ...

Greater Manchester leaders set out plans to

As the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors across England prepare to reopen this weekend, Greater Manchester leaders have issued a joint statement which ...

Forum of British Pubs survey indicates that only

Leading pub membership organisation, the Forum of Private Pubs, is reporting that only 50% of our pubs are likely actually to open on Saturday, based on a ...

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance delivers £4m funding

Recruitment Investments is a UK based group of business owners who specialise in buying and selling successful organisations within the recruitment sector. ...

Construction firms eye return to work with bank

A South West construction company is protecting its workforce as it begins to reopen some of its sites with the support of a multimillion pound Coronavirus ...

Ice cream maker celebrates centenary amid Covid

A family-run Suffolk ice cream producer with Italian roots is celebrating its 100-year anniversary despite the ongoing disruption thanks to funding from ...

9 in 10 employees say lack in data skills lead

As the Covid-19 economy spurs businesses to increase their reliance of data analytics and business intelligence, employees face the pressure of keeping pace ...

Staffordshire based gastro pub group secures £2m

Parogon Pub Group Limited, operator of seven gastropubs based in Staffordshire, has secured £2m of funding from Santander UK as part of the Coronavirus ...

Open letter to chancellor urges government to

The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP Chancellor of the Exchequer HM Treasury 1 Horse Guards Road Westminster London SW1A 2HQ 2 July 2020 Dear Chancellor RE: Cash Tax ...

Public appreciate efforts of retailers and their

The BRC and Opinium have been working together to track consumer behaviours and their sentiment towards coronavirus. This research has run weekly since 1st ...

Signs of hope for British manufacturing after

There was no shortage of damage inflicted because of the coronavirus pandemic. While it was the public’s physical health that was given top priority, the ...

Aldermore provides £5m refinance facility to

Aldermore, the specialist lender, has provided a £5m, 10 year, interest only Commercial Residential Investment refinance facility to Quintain Alto Residential ...

Bank support safeguards jobs at Stafford-based

A leading provider of specialist mobility equipment for elderly and physically disabled people, has been able to secure all the jobs of its 36 staff during ...

Poorest face toughest climb back out of

Leading skills organisation City & Guilds Group has today issued an urgent call on the government to redirect billions of pounds of unspent and ...

Aspen completes £1.2m bridge for BVI company

Aspen has completed a £1.2m residential bridging loan for a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company which commenced a debt restructuring programme just prior to ...

Consumers will bear the cost of no deal

Period Covered: 01-05 June 2020 Shop prices fell by 1.6% in June compared to a decrease of 2.4% in May. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price ...

Retailers collaborate to combat climate change

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to our planet and society. Despite currently facing the ongoing challenges of coronavirus head on, retailers ...

Hope Capital records huge June spike in enquiries

Hope Capital has recorded a stronger June performance than for the same month last year, fuelling growing optimism that the market is bouncing back strongly ...

Christie Finance support the purchase of two

Specialist commercial finance broker, Christie Finance, has supported on the sale of two well-established Scottish Pharmacies, Eildon Pharmacy in Newtown St ...

Award-winning Swansea hotel and wedding venue

An award-winning, family-run hotel, pub and wedding venue in Swansea is hoping to welcome patrons back in July following support from Bank of Scotland. Based ...

Pubs, restaurants and hotels prepare for 4 July

A group of popular Derbyshire restaurant hotels has secured a six-figure Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) loan from Lloyds Bank to help ...

Overseas travel corridors and reshoring

The latest monthly CIPS manufacturing PMI today reports an above neutral measure in June at 50.1. This marks a welcome return to positive sentiment. It also ...

Survey finds skilled trained professionals with

The findings from The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) are based on research conducted in September 2019 as 5135 respondents including ...

Prime minister announces further £84m for West

Up to 7,500 new homes across the West Midlands are to be built on former industrial land after Boris Johnson today announced an extra £84m to expand the’ ...

Manufacturing businesses emerge from lockdown

A Worcestershire-based specialist steel fabrication business remains open with the support of Lloyds Bank and hopes to realise its expansion plans post-Covid ...

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL moves quickly to fuel

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending (Arbuthnot Commercial ABL) has structured and delivered a flexible asset based lending (ABL) facility for Hill’ ...

Over 70% of UK workers are reassessing their

Employees remain confident about their long-term career prospects despite rising job uncertainty as a result of Covid-19, according to new research by Robert ...

Strongest ever online growth for store retailers

With Covid-19’s long-term impact on consumer behaviour still unclear, the week that high street stores reopened saw online retail sales surge by +41.3% year- ...

Scottish Transport group on the road to success

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has provided a £9m Group funding facility to support the re-finance of Currie European Transport Ltd, a transport and storage ...

Octane Capital completes £2.6m bridge-to-let

‘Product-less’ lender, Octane Capital, today announced it has completed a £2.6m bridge-to-let loan in just nine days to a client of specialist broker, PCF ...

Relief for retailers as re-opening powers

The re-opening of shops provided a much-needed relief for retailers in the last two weeks, as the number of companies with a negative assessment of trading ...

‘Reopening is no magic bullet’ for retail

Covering the week 21 – 27 June 2020 UK footfall decreased 53.4% year on year during the second week of reopening in England and NI. This compares to a ...

WMCA funds training for unemployed North

Fifty unemployed people from North Birmingham are learning skills to help them land new jobs, thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority ) ...

European flight bookings reveal ‘London is

Flight booking data shows London has fallen to the bottom of the top 10 most booked European cities, as border restrictions and UK quarantine regulations ...

EPA open Letter to the FCA – Wirecard

Emerging Payments Association (EPA) – Open letter Maha El Dimachki Head of Payments Financial Conduct Authority 12 Endeavour Square London E20 1JN, UK Dear ...

The UK used car market hit by data security issues

The issue of data security is one that’s impacting all kinds of businesses and individuals in all kinds of ways. This is the case now more than ever because ...

Aldermore appoints new head of development and

Aldermore bank has appointed Iain Bryson as its new head of development and specialist property within its commercial real estate team. Iain has over 35’ ...

Scottish start up capitalises on new working

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, small businesses have had to continually adapt their business models to survive. Many are facing untold challenges in the wake ...

Lendlord launches Deal Analyser for property

Lendlord has launched an enhanced Property Deal Analyser as part of its portfolio management platform for landlords. The online portfolio management firm has ...

Coronavirus: The women starting new businesses

With lockdown restrictions easing further in England on 4th July, large numbers of people are returning to their jobs, but many are still on furlough and ...

Shoppers feel retailers are doing enough to

The BRC and Opinium have been working together to track consumer behaviours and their sentiment towards coronavirus. This research has run weekly since 1st ...

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing

UK commercial vehicle (CV) production was down -61.6% in May, with 810 vehicles leaving factory gates, according to the latest figures released today by the ...

Online car sales platform reports record figures

‘Carsmile’, Poland’s biggest online platform for new car sales, has successfully supported its 2000th customer. By offering long term ‘remote only ‘ car ...

UK fintech market powers through with a surge in

With a 53% growth in the last three years, an active fundraising scene, and a 20% surge in-demand during lockdown – fintech has become the poster-boy for how ...

Arbuthnot Commercial backs MBO of Britdoors and

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL has supported a management buyout (MBO) of Britdoors and JCK, two door manufacturing businesses within the System Building Products ...

ASTL launches member newsletter

The Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) has launched its first member newsletter to provide members and associate members with a new channel to ...

Egg sales soar for family farm delivering direct

A family-owned free-range egg farm in Oxfordshire has diversified its operations to help meet a significant uplift in demand for eggs during the Covid-19 ...

UK car production falls -95.4% in May as sector

UK car manufacturing output fell -95.4% in May with just 5,314 vehicles rolling off production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of ...

5 reasons why you need a business loan for your

Trucking businesses continue to be a profitable venture in the country today. According to statistics, almost 78% of all freight in the country is carried by ...

Giggling Squid secures £5m funding from Barclays

The country’s leading Thai restaurant group has completed a £5m loan by accessing the CBIL scheme through Barclays. With 35 sites across the Midlands and ...

Chirton Post Office in North Shields brought to

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, is delighted to bring to market Chirton Post Office in North Shields, Tyne And Wear. Chirton Post ...

Use of Enterprise Management Incentive scheme

Use of the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme hit an all-time high last year*, with key employees making a record £760m in gains from selling shares ...

High street stores begin to reopen with Lloyds

Branded footwear retailer Charles Clinkard is set to reopen all of its stores in the coming weeks, with the support of Lloyds Bank. The Middlesbrough ...

SaferSalon launches Covid secure toolkit for

British Salons and Barbers are preparing to re-open whilst keeping preened punters protected from the spread of Coronavirus. Following months of no revenue, ...

Independent booksellers getting back to business

A much-loved independent booksellers is reopening its doors and returning to normality thanks to a six-figure loan from Lloyds Bank. Family-run Topping & ...

Schoolbooks.ie raises €100,000 through Linked

Schoolbooks.ie, based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, has raised over €100,000 from Linked Finance, Ireland’s leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lender. As Ireland’s largest ...

1pm plc drives future growth for Lowton Motor

1pm plc (“1pm”), the AIM-listed independent specialist provider of finance facilities to UK SMEs, has supported its first client under the Coronavirus ...

CitySwift raises additional funding

CitySwift, a leader in big data and machine learning for the public transport sector, has closed a funding round of €2m, bringing funding to date to €3.5m. ...

Further drop in contract awards for May but

The total value of construction contract awards in May 2020 was £2.4bn based on a three-month rolling average. This is a decrease of 45.9% on April and is ...

Cumbria View Care Services receives £100,000

Specialist social impact lender GC Business Finance (GCBF) has provided Cumbria View Care Services with a £100,000 NPIF loan, backed by CBILS from NPIF &; ...

Businesses need a further cash boost to help

With doors opening on 4 July and the two-metre rule now relaxed, it will be back to business for the leisure and hospitality industry. However, this crisis ...

Conservatory specialist targets recovery

A Gloucestershire installer of windows, doors and conservatories is ramping up operations to meet pent up demand following the return to work on construction ...

Arbuthnot Commercial ABL backs MBO of Britdoors

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending (“ABL”) has supported a management buyout (MBO) of Britdoors and JCK, two door manufacturing businesses within the ...

Retailers re-open. But is it too little, too late?

From 15 June, the UK government permitted “non-essential” retailers to re-open their doors to customers. However, early evidence from the Office of National ...

LendInvest introduces limited edition ‘Summer

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has introduced a range of updates to its buy-to-let product including a series of special offers ...

FIBA hails success of its buy-to-let webinar

Specialist finance trade body FIBA, part of The SimplyBiz Group, saw over 1000 brokers sign up for its recent series of four exclusive live webinars conducted ...

Overworked industries– who clocks the most hours

A new study by Merchant Machine has analysed the UK’s working hours to declare which industries and cities put in the most hours per week. Using ONS ASHE, ...

Employees would take a pay cut to work from home

Employees would be prepared to be paid less to work from home according to a new survey by the Working from Home Show, which polled 1,334 people. Almost a ...

UK auto calls for restart support as Covid

The harsh reality of the Covid crisis for the UK’s £18.6bn automotive sector is laid bare today by a new member survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers ...

Great British staycation: UK hotels prepare to

An award-winning luxury hotel on the Isle of Skye that has lost over a thousand bookings because of the Covid-19 pandemic has secured its future with the ...

United Tooling Solutions targets UK-growth with

United Tooling Solutions Ltd (UTS), a wholesaler of industrial tools and tooling equipment, is targeting significant growth across the UK thanks to funding ...

Restrictions on travel easing as Europe leads

Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of ...

British events economy could face a GBP £2bn

A recent study performed by global events industry leader Evendo reveals a significant decline in customer demand for “traditional” event offerings – ...

Soft rebound for UK retail – BRC

Covering the week 15 – 21 June 2020 UK footfall decreased 57.2% year on year during the first week of reopening*. This was a slight improvement on the ...

Retail consultancy supporting Tesco and B&Q

A Newport business which helped set up pop-up Tesco stores around NHS Nightingale hospitals is preparing to dial up support for retailers across the UK with ...

Specialist SME lender Paragon urges farmers to

Specialist SME lender, Paragon has urged farmers to remain vigilant against the increased threat of purchase scams amidst the ongoing coronavirus. As a result ...

UK businesses’ cash generation worryingly

UK businesses’ cash generation has stayed worryingly low heading into the cash crunch triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, with mid-sized and smaller ...

Ambitious trade agenda needed to avoid industry

During a week of high-level political negotiations, the prime minister and his EU counterparts have agreed to accelerate negotiations on a future trading ...

Holiday firm looks to the future with support

A Walsall based travel firm that has lost thousands of holiday bookings because of the COVID-19 pandemic has safeguarded its future and is continuing to ...

Highly experienced operators purchase Stepps

Specialist commercial finance broker, Christie Finance, has supported BGR Healthcare Limited, represented by husband and wife Ron and Lynne Badger, to ...

The 25 Boutique B and B secures Bounce Back Loan

The 25 Boutique B&B, a five-star luxury boutique B&B in Torquay, Devon, has agreed a five-figure Bounce Back Loan with Santander UK to support the ...

UK e-commerce sales up 72% in May as pandemic

Online retail sales were up 72% year-on-year in the UK in May according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks overall retail sales across all types of ...

Shawbrook Bank boosts its property finance

Specialist lender, Shawbrook Bank, has enhanced its Property Finance division by expanding its product and proposition team with the announcement of two key ...

BRC-Opinium consumer coronavirus tracking survey

The BRC and Opinium have been working together to track consumer behaviours and their sentiment towards coronavirus. This research has run weekly since the ...

WMCA funds region’s first training courses on

Local unemployed people are learning the latest construction skills using virtual reality simulators, thanks to training funded by the West Midlands Combined ...

Co-living developer secures £6.4m funding deal

Funding of £6.4m has been secured by The Studios24 – the first company to deliver a major co-living development in the Midlands – it was announced ...

Over a third of accounting employees asked to

New research on 500 furloughed full time employees in accounting and finance, reveals how over a third of their bosses are committing fraud and trying to ...

Assetz Capital surpasses Seedrs fund raising

Assetz Capital has already exceeded its £500k minimum Seedrs fundraising target and now aims to secure matched investment from the government’s new ...

Hope Capital now able to lend on a range of

Hope Capital is now accepting a range of valuation types. Having previously required a full valuation on residential properties, in many circumstances they ...

United Trust Bank now offering CBILS to SME

UTB has been approved for accreditation by the British Business Bank as a lender for the Government backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ) ...

SME lender Paragon works with Hitachi

Specialist SME lender Paragon is working with excavator supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd (HCM UK) to provide support for UK businesses. The ...

PPE non-profit up and running with support from

A not-for-profit organisation set up to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS and UK care homes is gathering pace with the support of ...

LendInvest joins Sesame and PMS lender panel to

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has joined Sesame and PMS’s lender panel to ramp up distribution of its buy-to-let and ridging ...

F2 medical supplies secures £200k CBILS loan

F2 Medical Supplies, which imports small-sized medical products from China and Vietnam and supplies them to dental practices in the UK, has secured a finance ...

Only 50% of employees received appraisals since

A survey of 1,000 employees commissioned by StaffCircle, in conjunction with OnePoll, revealed that only half of employees appraisals took place since ...

New research: three months for high street

New research has highlighted how UK shopping habits are shifting compared to six weeks ago, at the height of the lockdown. In particular, the number of people ...

Lockdown leads to a 95% sales increase in social

Even after 15 June, when most non-essential shops reopened, sociable shopping will remain off-limits thanks to continuing social distancing measures. However, ...

Finance For Enterprise and NPIF helps modular

Owners of a Hornsea-based construction company which specialises in the installation of modular buildings are cooking up plans to nurture entrepreneurial ...

Digital AI waiter to get restaurants and bars

An AI powered digital waiter and menu service, w8r.ai has launched to help restaurants, cafes and bars to safely re-open their doors as lockdown restrictions ...

Remote working and reduced office space here to

Remote working is a permanent fixture of the global workforce, according to a pan-industry survey of senior business leaders on the future of work. A ...

Flywire survey reveals consumers upbeat about

Flywire, a high-growth vertical payments company, today released new research that reveals very strong consumer demand for travel post coronavirus crisis. The ...

Idyllic wedding venues turn to emergency bank

Tregenna Castle Resort, in St Ives Cornwall has secured a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank to help secure the business’ future after the hotel, self-catering, ...

Which employees are the most affected by the

With Covid-19 lockdowns, companies are heavily relying on government schemes to support their business: 7 out of 10 UK firms have applied to the furlough ...

Smarter Choices launches pilot digital platform

The Smarter Choices consortium launches a pilot aimed at UK manufacturing SMEs to overcome current barriers to energy efficiency after successfully winning ...

The market reanimates: vendors return with

Vendors are re-entering the market and, most remarkably, they are pricing higher, according to Home.co.uk’s Asking Price Index for June. Counter to the doom ...

Visiting Angels doubles UK network

During lockdown, the demand for care that is safe and conforms to government regulations has been thrust into the spotlight. It’s no surprise then that ...

Majority of accounting and finance professionals

A brand new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals that a staggering 80% of accounting and finance professionals feel stressed ...

Hope Capital launches new Flexible Fees feature

Hope Capital today launches a brand-new feature of its bridging loan products. The Flexible Fees product feature is aimed at borrowers who require zero lender ...

Rod licence sales boom as lockdown eases

Environment Agency figures show a huge surge in fishing licence sales after the government lifted restrictions on outdoor activities. Between 13 May 2020, ...

Family run restaurant Group Aqua secures vital

Aqua, an independent family run group of restaurants in the south west of England, has secured £165k funding from Santander UK through the Coronavirus ...

HK Wentworth Group secures CBILS fuding

HK Wentworth Group has successfully secured Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) funding through Santander designed to assist SMEs during the ...

‘One day of queues does not make a summer,’

Despite today’s long queues outside newly reopened stores, the home delivery expert ParcelHero is forecasting that the crowds will fall away by Wednesday, as ...

Fast-growing games studio raises £250,000 NPIF

Middlesbrough-based games developer SockMonkey Studios has secured a £250,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to fund the ...

United Trust Bank agree to fund £7.2m

United Trust Bank (UTB) has agreed to fund Hawkfield Homes’ latest project providing 22 new homes in the charming Gloucestershire town of Wotton-under-edge. ...

The businesses behind great family days out

A North East trust based at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall has secured its future and potential new historic discoveries across two Roman ...

Pluto Finance completes acquisition funding for

Pluto Finance has a completed a £9.7m bridge loan for the acquisition of Station House, Milton Keynes MK9, for a proposed new residential development. The 12 ...

Avon Gold Premier store in Keynsham sold through

Specialist property adviser, Christie & Co, is delighted to announce the sale of the Avon Gold Premier Store in Keynsham, Somerset. This Avon Gold Premier ...

Top 200 law firm, Seddons Solicitors, joins FIBA

Specialist property finance trade body, FIBA, has appointed Seddons to its panel of professional partners to provide legal services to FIBA members’. ...

BDA urges FCA to consider the plight of dentists

The British Dental Association (BDA) urges the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to consider the plight of dentists in its legal process to assess the ...

Long-term ambition must not be confused with the

As week two of England’s auto retail restart draws to a close, reports suggest a promising uplift in consumer interest in new cars, although of course it is ...

Government-funded scheme that helps redundant

Banking and finance businesses facing the prospect of making redundancies can benefit from a new government-backed programme, which provides end-to-end ...

Leading pub operator Mitchells & Butlers

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of UK restaurants, pubs and bars, has secured £100m of funding from Santander UK and HSBC UK as part of ...

Recovery in bloom at garden centres thanks to

A horticulture supplier aiming to capitalise on the reopening of garden centres has traded through Covid-19 with the support of a loan from Lloyds Bank. BHGS, ...

RICS New buyers looking for outside areas and

Following the reopening of the housing market in England, on the 13 May, the May 2020 RICS Residential Market Survey unsurprisingly saw a slight improvement ...

Hope Capital launches unique new Combi product

Hope Capital today launches a wholly unique bridging loan – the Hope Combi Loan. This brand-new product combines the Discounted Rate Loan with the Hope Flexi ...

LCP Report: Is PCL set for a bounce?

London Central Portfolio (LCP) has now undertaken its own in-house analysis of the data to specifically examine what has happened in the Prime Central London ...

Recruitment expert extends a £5m staff funding

Benjamin James Kershaw CEO of Golden Egg Recruiting apart of The Golden Egg Group extends up to £5m payroll funding line for organisations financially ...

Two big employers join WMCA scheme to boost

Sandwell Council and technology giant Amazon are the latest big employers to help the region’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 shutdown by pledging their ...

Cheese manufacturer secures large contract with

  Academy Leasing (“Academy”), the specialist asset financier and part of the 1pm Group of Companies, has supported a Welsh-based cheese manufacturer ...

Urgent help needed to save housing industry

Construction sites have returned to work after the initial impact of coronavirus. But new research from the Centre for Policy Studies shows that they are ...

United Trust Bank’s Structured Finance Division

United Trust Bank (UTB) has completed a £10.9m Investment Term Loan for an existing customer affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. Successful property investment ...

Commercial real estate – virtual office

Flexioffices have partnered with Smart Viewing to deliver a bespoke platform to the flex office space sector enabling online guided viewings. The interface ...

AI predicts wheat supply 12% down in 2020

Last Autumn parts of the UK saw twice the average seasonal rainfall. This was followed by some of the worst winter floods in memory. A poll by Farmer’s Weekly ...

High street races to reopen but three in four

With restrictions on non-essential stores easing from 15 June, new research by industry voice SaveTheHighStreet.org reveals that only a quarter (25%) of small ...

Retail not out of the woods yet

Covering the four weeks 3 – 30 May 2020 On a total basis, sales decreased by 5.9% in May, against a decrease of 1.9% in May 2019*. This is the second ...

Growth of electric cars comes with a host of new

Around the globe, the take-up of electric cars is expected to accelerate rapidly in future, driven by consumer demand and government policies aimed at ...

North West-based entrepreneur secures £8.15m to

A North West-based entrepreneur has secured £8.15m in funding from Cambridge & Counties Bank to refinance a portfolio of mixed-use properties as well as ...

Hope Capital relaunches Hope FleXi loan

Bridging lender Hope Capital today relaunches the flexible bridging loan, the Hope FleXi. Now part of the Hope Capital Custom Collection, the Hope FleXi is ...

Care in the home provider creates 80 new jobs

Reward Finance Group’s Manchester office has reached its 100th deal by helping Warrington-based Care at Home Group (CAHG) to recruit an additional 80 carers ...

UK retailers need to pay attention to changing

Retailers need to pay attention to changing customer demands and keep an eye on cash, if they are to avoid going into administration, say leading accounting ...

Dental practices helping Covid-19 response

A dental business that is one of only a handful of practices in Cambridgeshire appointed to provide emergency care has secured a Lloyds Bank loan to help it ...

Abbey Logistics back on track with £4.7m new

Road tanker specialist Abbey Logistics Group has ordered 52 tractor units from DAF and Mercedes Benz. The order follows a “significant improvement in ...

Mobile cocktail bar secures funding to plan

Oxford-based The Cocktail Service Ltd, a fast-growing provider of premium mobile bars for events and festivals, has secured £100,000 in new funding from ...

Specialist SME lender Paragon supports growth of

Paragon Bank continues to support the agricultural sector, providing a funding package to enable the growth of a Lancashire-based family farm. The farm, ...

There’s never been a better time for UK brands

Many specialist UK manufacturers and retailers are still suffering low or zero sales, as ‘non-essential’ stores remain closed for another gruelling ten days ...

VAT changes in the construction industry welcomed

Changes in the way that VAT is collected in the construction industry have been delayed again but should be welcomed say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick ...

Showroom re-openings give hope for the future as

Figures published this week by SMMT showed the UK new car market in freefall for a second month running, with registrations down -89.0% in May, as lockdown ...

Cross-border workers could end up paying tax twice

UK workers who work across international borders may be subject to double taxation say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg Robert Salter a director ...

Online retail sales reach twelve-year high

Covid-19 continued to reshape the retail landscape in May, as consumers acclimatised to the enforced shift of shopping online. The UK’s second month under ...

Traditional, rural pub in Devon purchased by

Specialist commercial finance broker, Christie Finance, supported new entrants to the market, Mark Pulman and Louise Smalley, in the purchase of Thelbridge ...

Tough Business decisions have to be taken in the

Businesses now have just a few days to decide who is going to retain their jobs and who is not following the chancellors’ changes to the furlough scheme, say ...

Yorkshire fish merchant works overtime to

A Doncaster fish merchant is working overtime to meet demand from fish and chips shops across the North of England as lockdown restrictions are eased, with ...

Pluto Finance closes development exit bridge

Pluto Finance has completed a £3.4m development exit bridge loan for Storey Homes’ Birch Meadow development in Hertfordshire. Birch Meadow is an exclusive ...

Shop’s Open: Search site for reopening stores

Mastercard (MA) today introduces www.ShopOpenings.com, a new online search tool that confirms which shops and businesses are open for customers to visit as ...

Covid-19 continues to dominate broker searches

Covid-19 continued to dominate the attention of brokers, with ‘Covid-19: Temporary Maximum LTV Restrictions’ featuring prominently across four of the seven ...

Global exporter of medical kit steps up to help

A West Midlands manufacturer of equipment used for medical procedures in hospitals around the world, has ramped up the production of specialised procedure ...

Popular trio of family-run restaurant hotels

A group of popular Derbyshire restaurant hotels has secured a six-figure Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) loan from Lloyds Bank to help ...

Hope Capital launches discounted rate product

Bridging lender Hope Capital today launches a new product which gives borrowers control and flexibility of their cashflow. The Discounted Rate loan is ...

Zephyr Homeloans launches new suite of buy-to

Zephyr Homeloans, the specialist buy-to-let (BTL) lender, has launched its new suite of buy-to-let mortgage products offering up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). ...

Shop prices fall fastest since 2006

Shop prices fell by 2.4% in May compared to a 1.7% decrease in April. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price decreases of 0.7% and 1.0%,. ...

Employer confidence slowly picks up in finance

The latest job market data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that employer confidence started to pick back up in the finance ...

Holiday firm is planning for sunnier times

A holiday company says it is planning for the future and looking forward to welcoming its customers back, thanks to support from Lloyds Bank. Alfa Leisureplex ...

Nurseries secure Lloyds Bank support to stay open

A South Tyneside nursery group has been able to safeguard more than 100 jobs and secure its future after receiving a new loan from Lloyds Bank. South Shields ...

Aldermore funds NHS PPE manufacturer, Mauveworx

Aldermore, the specialist bank, has provided capital funding to Mauveworx, a point of sale marketing company, which has moved to support the production of ...

Predictive AI could save farmers millions

A UK Gov & Microsoft backed Agri-tech Centre has developed AI that predicts crops’ shipment window 3x earlier than previously possible. The first proof-of ...

LendInvest updates bridging finance range

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has refreshed its unregulated bridging product suite relaunching higher LTVs up to 75% as the UK’s ...

Claims for stamp duty relief on annexes may fall

Homeowners that buy a property that has an annexe and therefore believe they have purchased two properties and can claim stamp duty relief may be, ...

Hope Capital launches new product range

Hope Capital today launches a new product range, taking into account the needs of individual customers and catering for the needs of different borrowers and ...

Ford re-opens dealerships

In terms of its contribution to the UK economy, the wholesale, retail, maintenance and repair elements of the automotive industry are worth around £36 billion ...

Award-winning Isle of Skye hotel books future

An award-winning luxury hotel on the Isle of Skye that has lost over a thousand bookings because of the Covid-19 pandemic has secured its future with the ...

Scotland’s residential development land market

Savills latest Quarter One figures reveal that the Covid-19 lockdown is impacting Scotland’s development sector after a positive start to 2020, pausing ...

BRC’s reaction to chancellor’s

Responding to the chancellor’s latest announcement, Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium said: “Retailers are working ...

Landbay introduces LTVs to 75% and recommences

Landbay, one of the UK’s leading buy-to-let lenders, today launches a new product range, with loan to values up to 75% LTV. Landbay, which is institutionally ...

Government greenlights auto retail restart

The latest production figures, released today by SMMT, highlight just how devastating coronavirus has been for the UK automotive sector. Over the course of ...

CLBIL helps services firm supporting UK’s

A company vital in keeping the UK’s lights on has secured one of the earliest Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) packages. CLBILS is ...

Popular family-run restaurant hotels receive

A group of popular Derbyshire restaurant hotels has secured a six-figure Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) loan from Lloyds Bank to help ...

Lenders confirm support for commercial landlords

The banking and finance industry is today confirming its continued support for commercial landlord customers as part of its ongoing commitment to help ...

Pluto Finance launches new term loans for

Pluto Finance has launched a new lending product for professional landlords in the UK’s private rental sector. With loan sizes from £5m to £50m, Pluto Finance ...

Nucleus Commercial Finance delivers £50,000

Nucleus Commercial Finance has provided a £50,000 facility to Energy Angels, enabling the business to continue operating at full capacity during the crisis ...

NatWest encourages young adults to Dream Bigger

NatWest has announced the launch of free online education sessions for 16-18 year olds, designed to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, ...

Gorgie Dental Practice in Edinburgh sold through

Gorgie Dental is a four-surgery, mixed-income dental practice which has been established for over 100 years. The selling Partners, Stephen Clark (manager) and ...

Fiduciam continues to support house builders

Fiduciam, the short-term and marketplace lender, has just closed two development loans, with a total value of £2.5m, with one using its ‘Stepping Stone’. ...

Gatehouse Bank increases FTV limit to 75% on

Gatehouse Bank has today introduced 75% Finance to Value (FTV) limits on its Buy-to-Let and Home Purchase Plan products. This follows the Bank’s decision to ...

New Aon report on gig working highlights

A new report from Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions (NYSE: AON), has examined ...

The nation’s motor trade returns to work…with

With the news that car dealerships can return to work from 1st June, Iain Robertson was keen to discover what it felt like on the frontline and offered his ...

Invoice finance firm launches healthcare

Leading UK invoice finance firm Optimum Finance has launched a support service designed for firms in the healthcare sector called Optimum Medic. Optimum Medic ...

SMEs in hospitality and leisure worst affected

New research from Aldermore, the specialist bank, reveals how the Covid-19 pandemic is hugely impacting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in different ...

Home delivery on the menu for Scottish fruit and

A family run fruit and vegetable wholesaler has launched a delivery service offering an expanded range of products to homes across Scotland’s Central Belt, ...

The high street will never be the same again

Retail figures for April released by the ONS  highlight how much retailers need to change the way they do business says leading tax and advisory firm Blick ...

Experts to lead advanced manufacture in

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has formed an Advanced Manufacture in Construction (AMC) advisory group to support the delivery of much needed, ...

Lockdown costing non-food stores £1.8bn a week

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Many retailers are eagerly looking forward to reopening stores from 15th June ...

Aspen Bridging increases maximum LTV and loan

Aspen is continuing to lead the bridging market’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by increasing its maximum LTV to 75%, raising its top loan amount to ...

April’s retail sales figures will mean cull of

Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales estimates for April will result in the extinction of many much-loved stores, fears the UK home delivery ...

Supporting Britain’s builders through

A Glasgow-headquartered construction firm will continue to put safety first across its UK sites post-lockdown with the support of Bank of Scotland. PVP ...

Government statistics show that more is paid out

For the first time in history the government had paid out more in VAT than it collects, say tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg Alan Pearce, a partner at ...

BRC reacts to announcement on the reopening of

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that retailers will be able to begin reopening next month, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the ...

10 reasons to #UnlockUKAuto

During April new car registrations fell by -97.3%, a direct result of showroom closures and consumers staying home during lockdown. Not only is this bad news ...

How has Covid-19 affected agriculture?

On the whole the Covid-19 crisis has not been such a disaster for the farming sector as it has for many other industries. It is fair to say that countryside ...

Anticipated drop in contract awards confirmed in

The total value of construction contract awards in April 2020 was £4.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is a decrease of 36.4% on March ...

Travel and tourism is the sector worst hit by

Travel agencies and tour operators are the worst hit of all major industries by the coronavirus crisis, with turnover of the sector in the UK falling 56%£ ...

Zephyr Homeloans resumes physical valuations

Zephyr Homeloans has resumed physical valuations following the removal of government restrictions on inspections. The specialist buy-to-let lender says that ...

Stan Chem provides hand sanitisers amid pandemic

Stan Chem International, a company most notable for its contract manufacturing to top health & beauty brands, and supply of raw materials to chemical, ...

Savills assists OCS group to sell Cardiff building

Savills, on behalf of OCS Group Limited, has sold the freehold of Caxton House in Pentwyn, Cardiff and secured two new local premises for the international ...

Lockdown and the rise of the silver surfers

The coronavirus has forced many older shoppers to buy online regularly for the first time. As lockdown loosens, ParcelHero says internet retailers must do ...

Historic midlands brewery secures support from

Independent Leicestershire-based family business Everards has successfully secured a £5m Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from Lloyds. ...

Aspen Bridging appointed to Beneficial network’s

Aspen Bridging has been appointed to Beneficial network’s Specialist Mortgage Lender Panel with immediate effect, and will assist the network’s 120 ...

LendInvest refreshes BTL product range with

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has made a series of updates to its buy-to-let product range as valuations are permitted to go ...

Shining a light on some of the healthcare

A leading medical equipment manufacturer increased its production capacity and workforce to help NHS Nightingale hospitals care for patients fighting the ...

Chocolate factory looks past Covid-19 to

A chocolate producer whose products are enjoyed by visitors to tourist attractions throughout Europe, has secured a six-figure funding package from Lloyds ...

Silent streets under lockdown – BRC

Covering the four weeks 5 April – 2 May 2020 UK footfall decreased by 84.7% in April, due to the mandatory lockdown. This was a record decline for the ...

VAS Panel launches Project Monitoring service

VAS Panel has launched Project Monitoring, a new service which utilises its market-leading valuation panel management platform to provide property and ...

Majority of finance professionals are worried

According to an exclusive new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the majority (56.5%) of finance professionals are worried about ...

1 in 10 retailers facing imminent collapse as

One in ten businesses in the wholesale and retail sector (9%) are facing imminent collapse as they state they will not survive another month of the lockdown, ...

Launch of Rural Economy National Innovation Centre

Baldwins Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing accountancy and business advisory firms, is pleased to announce it is partnering with leading UK universities ...

House builder supports future with bank support

A regional housebuilder has been able to support its future with a multi-million-pound Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) loan from Lloyds ...

Paragon continues support for UK housing

Paragon Bank is continuing its support of residential development projects across London, providing an £11.8m funding package to EquaGroup to assist with the ...

Record numbers go online for essentials and

Online shopping has outstripped all other forms of spending over the past month, with more than half of UK shoppers (57%) saying they are shopping online more ...

Lake District inn sold for the first time in

The 10-bedroom inn offers en suite accommodation, breakfast room and lounge for guests to enjoy, along with a public bar and restaurant for around 70 patrons. ...

Automotive manufacturing sector ready to ramp up

The UK automotive manufacturing sector today announced its preparedness to get production lines rolling again, with the publication of new sector-specific ...

A positive step for house builders and home buyers

United Trust Bank responds to the Government relaxing Covid-19 rules surrounding house moves and the news that some surveyors are preparing to recommence in ...

Opening of housing market welcome

RICS UK Residential Market Survey, April 2020 With the market having been effectively closed for business, 80% of the April RICS UK Residential survey’s ...

Success is saying goodbye to a thriving business!

Just over a year on from securing a six-figure funding solution, an Essex-based air conditioning and refrigeration contractor has happily parted ways with its ...

Online retail sales soar to ten-year high

Following the UK’s first full month under lockdown, April’s online retail sales results have signalled a seismic shift in purchasing patterns. As Covid-19 ...

Southern Grove unveils £80m home and office

Developer Southern Grove has today announced plans to build a £80m GDV mixed-use residential and office complex in London’s Canada Water. The Brooklyn will ...

4 in 5 young women are discounting careers in

On National Numeracy Day, new research shows that young women are discounting careers in financial services, due to a lack of confidence with numbers, amongst ...

North Yorkshire restaurant aims to bounce back

A family-run Harrogate restaurant that has turned to making takeaway deliveries to survive the COVID-19 pandemic has secured a ‘bounce back’ loan from Lloyds ...

Dentist secures Lloyds Bank loan to provide-

A dental business that is one of only a handful of practices in Cambridgeshire appointed to provide emergency care has secured a Lloyds Bank loan to help it ...

Record decline as lockdown bites

Covering the four weeks 5 April – 2 May 2020 On a total basis, sales decreased by 19.1% in April, against an increase of 2.4% in April 2019. This is the ...

Barclaycard: April consumer spending down 36.5%

Consumer spending contracted by 36.5% year-on-year in April, showing the impact of ongoing social distancing measures. Data from Barclaycard, which sees ...

LendInvest launches new one year fixed BTL product

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has launched an exclusive one year fixed rate product, ‘BTL Plus’, via a select panel of key ...

4 in 10 pubs not confident of surviving a June

From a survey of over 500 pub owners undertaken by the Forum of Private Business (FPB), nearly 4 out of every 10 report that they are less than confident of ...

Social care provider providing vital coronavirus

A social care provider has been able to continue delivering vital services to vulnerable people across Norfolk amid the coronavirus crisis after receiving ...

As records tumble we need to focus on the future

Figures published by SMMT this week showed that the UK new car market fell by -97.3% in April, the worst performance since just after WW2 when rationing was ...

Brits adapt to lockdown: Weekly spending trends

Klarna, the leading global payments and shopping provider, today released new data that tracks how UK consumer purchasing habits have evolved while under ...

Proposed VAT changes could hit online market

The government has announced a consultation that could significantly impact the VAT accounting treatment for online market places (“OMP”) and possibly ...

Trouble ahead for retail vacancy rates

The British Retail Consortium is proud to announce its new partnership with the Local Data Company to create the BRC-LDC Vacancy Monitor. The launch coincides ...

Octane completes on £1m auction bridge in 9 days

‘Product-less’ lender, Octane Capital, today announced it has completed on a £1m auction bridge for a client of London-based broker, GI Solutions. When Octane ...

Vital compliance checks for business owners

Businesses will soon be planning to reopen and get their employees back to work after the government announces the new workplace rules later this week. These ...

Subcontractors are facing mounting pressures as

Subcontractors are entering the most challenging period of the COVID-19 outbreak according to Jim Davis, managing director for construction finance at Bibby ...

Record -97.3% fall for UK new car market in April

UK new car registrations declined -97.3% in April, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This marked ...

SME manufactures see activity plunge sharply

SME manufacturing output fell at the quickest pace in over a decade in the quarter to April, according to the latest CBI SME Trends Survey. This sharp fall is ...

Nucleus Commercial Finance delivers £1.3m

Nucleus Commercial Finance has provided a £1.3m facility to steelwork specialist firm Leyton Group, enabling the business to take on larger projects and ...

Trade magazine editor helps unlock £617m in

Thanks to an investigation by RN Magazine editor Jack Courtez and Ian Sloan of Bankier Sloan, small businesses will receive an extra £617m in grants to help ...

Chemical tech company secures £2.25m investment

A Liverpool-based chemical technology company that is helping in the fight against dementia, cancer and respiratory illnesses has secured £2.25m in a funding ...

Autoparts recycler keeps Royal Mail on the road

One of the UK’s largest vehicle recycling businesses is set to continue supporting essential services clients, including Royal Mail, with the support of ...

L and G Modular Homes achieves planning consent

Legal & General Modular Homes announces that it has gained planning consent to deliver 154 homes, using modular construction, at an eight acre site on ...

Harley Street Dental Studio secures CBILS

Harley Street Dental Studio, a purpose built multi-disciplinary dental clinic, which provides general and cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, orthodontics ...

Pallet Plus secures working capital finance deal

Colchester based business Pallet Plus, which collects and delivers palletised freight and goods in the UK, Ireland and Europe, has agreed a working capital ...

SMMT Update – Time to accelerate industry’s

This week, SMMT released UK automotive production figures for March which highlight the extreme test the sector is facing. Amid coronavirus-led UK plant ...

VAT on e-books – zero rated from today!

The zero rating of e-books is welcome at time when more people are reading on line, but not all e-publications will benefit, say leading tax and advisory firm ...

Midlands manufacturer boosted by CBILS funding

A Worcestershire-based specialist kitchen worktop manufacturer has been able to protect jobs and bolster its cashflow position during lockdown with the ...

Garden centre stays in bloom through corona crisis

An Edinburgh garden centre and tearoom is brightening up lockdown for its customers by offering a delivery service during the Coronavirus crisis, thanks to ...

Gener8 provide £400k funding to firm

Gener8 Finance, the invoice finance provider to small businesses across the UK, have supported a fashion and textile manufacturer with a £400,000 cashflow ...

WMCA funds new training to help local people

Local people are learning specialist skills for essential work to maintain the country’s infrastructure, thanks to new training funded by the West Midlands ...

Van insurance premiums race to record high

Van insurance premiums reached a record £1,881 last month, the latest analysis from insurance market experts Consumer Intelligence shows. Its Van Insurance ...

Historic slide in retail sales – CBI

The CBI’s monthly Distributive Trades Survey (conducted between 27 March 2020 and 15 April 2020) reveals that retailers expect a similar pace of decline in ...

Changing the use of commercial buildings needs

RICS urges government to re-examine commercial use classes to aid flexibility of use going forward, as the Q1 2020 RICS UK Commercial Survey results point to ...

Southern Grove unveils new concept ‘

Developer Southern Grove has today revealed details of its first autonomous, city centre apartment hotel. The £5m scheme, named ‘The Workshops’, represents a ...

Pub group remains at the heart of communities

A local independent pub group has secured a £250,000 loan through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from Lloyds Bank to help it to ...

Simply helps south coast student coach firm

Simply, the SME lender, has helped Swanage Taxis Ltd, operating as Linkrider Coaches, restructure its finance agreements to ensure that it can weather the ...

A great British tipple: UK winery expands

A South Staffordshire-based wine producer and retailer has been able to expand its production and has diversified its operations during the coronavirus ...

Despite rising costs, prices remain low

Period covered: 01 – 07 April 202  Shop prices fell by 1.7% in April compared to a 0.8% decrease in March. This is below the 12- and 6-month average ...

Punch Partnerships (PTL) Limited – an FPB

“On 27 April an article was published on the  Business Money website news page under the heading ‘Forum of Private Business celebrates as ...

CBILS support for civil engineering contractor

An SME civil engineering firm that has worked on projects at St Paul’s Cathedral and The Oval cricket ground has safeguarded jobs amid widespread construction ...

Aspen completes desktop valuation bridging loan

Aspen Bridging has completed a £225k residential bridging loan in just 10 days, using its desktop valuations system to circumnavigate the current surveying ...

£450k CBIL means rescue and recovery firm will

The owner of a vehicle rescue and recovery firm says the business he built up from a single truck to a fleet of 75 was facing the end of the road when the ...

How COVID-19 will cause the metamorphosis of

Dame Sharon White, the chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is currently looking at new retail opportunities beyond the department store and Waitrose Food ...

Octane Capital completes on £7.5m developer exit

‘Product-less’ lender, Octane Capital, today announced that it has completed on a £7.5m developer exit loan to a client of Alpe Capital secured against a ...

Business confidence falls to near record low

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Business Barometer. The steep decline illustrates the impact the measures to contain the pandemic is having on UK businesses. ...

Legal and General signs £150m Sheffield City

Legal & General announces that it is investing £150m into Sheffield’s West Bar Square development to deliver the first phase of this substantial mixed-use ...

Sustainable marketplace set to grow with £300

Know the Origin sells ethically sourced clothing for men and women, as well as environmentally conscious living products such as bamboo toothbrushes to help ...

Covid-19 is transforming UK shopping habits,

Research has revealed that a colossal 92% of UK adults have changed their shopping habits due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with e-commerce emerging as retail’s ...

BRC guidance to support reopening of shops

On 23 March, the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including the temporary closure of all business premises deemed non ...

Starting the ignition on a successful industry

A key priority for SMMT, our members and the industry as a whole has been ensuring the promised provision of liquidity from the government to businesses ...

March retail sales figures confirm ParcelHero&

Today’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales estimates for March have confirmed dire forecasts for the future of the High Street. The UK home ...

UK food and drink sector bucks trend

Food and drink businesses defied an overall drop in UK exports during the first quarter of 2020 as supply chain disruption and international efforts to combat ...

St Ives Castle Resort fortifies future with £1m

Tregenna Castle Resort, in St Ives Cornwall has secured a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank to help secure the business’ future after the hotel, self-catering, ...

3 great ways to accomplish more professionally

Do you want to accomplish more in your professional life? Maybe you’re pretty proud of what you’ve done so far, but you know you’re only scratching the ...

Investment for screen-industry body to support

Create Central, the industry-led body set up in late 2019 has secured £2m of investment to deliver a programme of activities to help turbo charge the West ...

Lockdown leads to massive leap in freelance

As the world’s economy and business ecosystem remain in a state of flux following the outbreak of Covid-19, the UK’s leading freelancing platform, ...

Aspen Bridging to lend on pre Covid-19 property

Aspen Bridging has become the first UK lender to state it will lend on pre Covid-19 property values. Under the market leading offering, all valuation bases ...

Brits rally to support local businesses as

Research from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that community spirit and support for local ...

RICS Construction and Infrastructure market

Following the introduction of social distancing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, the RICS Q1 2020 UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey ...

Concessions support the occupier markets, some

Since we last conducted this survey at the end of March, the number of Covid-19 cases around the globe has more than doubled. But as many countries have ...

WMCA announces major investment to transform

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a further suite of multi-million-pound investments to unlock and transform former industrial sites ...

FPB showcases member’s ‘Coronavirus Virtual High

The Forum of Private business is showcasing one of its members Boxed Red Marketing, who have created a virtual Knutsford High Street (www.knutsfordhighstreet ...

Pluto Finance closes £13m Wembley development

Pluto Finance has closed a £13m development exit bridge loan for Signia in Wembley, London HA9. The facility provides a development exit loan to allow time ...

Billions of dollars worth of perishable produce

“Agriculture has been one of the major UK industries affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Although the challenges of having to maintain an adequate ...

Housemates secures GC Angels funding

Manchester-based student accommodation marketplace Housemates has secured £100,000 of pre-seed funding from GC Angels to support with plans to expand its ...

Physiotherapist proves flexible with online

A West Midlands physiotherapist is hosting online consultations and Pilates sessions to help its patients stay in good health during lockdown, after being ...

Caple supports professional automotive valeting

Alternative SME credit specialist Caple has helped Direct Valeting Ltd, one of the UK’s leading professional automotive valeting firms, to access a ...

Bank Leumi UK signs £65m financing deal with 4C

Leumi UK, the London-based subsidiary of Israel’s leading international bank, has closed a deal with 4C Hotel Group to finance the development of 4 Canopy by ...

London City jobs were on the rebound but then

Morgan McKinley’s Q1 Spring London Employment Monitor details City hiring trends from January through March 2020. The beginning of 2020 saw the country — ...

Lockdown artificially limits footfall

Covering the five weeks 1 March – 4 April 2020 UK Footfall decreased by 44.7% in March, due to the mandatory lockdown. This was, of course, a record decline ...

Barclays agrees a £450k support package through

Hotel and restaurant proprietors, Laurence and Helen Beere, who own and manage The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant in Bath, have completed a £450 ...

Sector needs liquidity today for a successful

News this week that the country will remain in lockdown until at least the beginning of May was tough for everyone to hear, even if expected. However, signs ...

The show must go on – West End set

A Cardiff-based business can continue designing and building sets for West End productions post-lockdown with the support of Lloyds Bank. Bay Productions, ...

1000% sales increase announced for UK

In a major step of market validation, the UK’s first and largest cryptocurrency automotive trader AutoCoinCars has reported a 1000% increase in sales within ...

Consultation on the future of the Retail Prices

The UK Statistics Authority and HM Treasury have today announced that they will be extending the time period for the current joint consultation on the future ...

Real estate businesses facing LIBOR crunch,

Real estate businesses are facing a LIBOR crunch, with over half of property businesses with borrowing yet to speak to lenders about alternative interest rate ...

Organic farm and wedding venue secures emergency

A Somerset farm business, wedding venue and B&B – currently hosting French and American tourists unable to travel home amid COVID-19 lockdown – has ...

Specialist food and drink stores enjoy growth as

Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that spending on essential items rose by 11.6%. ...

March sales plummet as crisis unfolds

Covering the five weeks 1 March – 4 April 2020 On a total basis, sales decreased by 4.3% in March, against a decrease of 1.8% in March 2019*. This is ...

BFS provides £3.5m trade finance facility to

Independent SME funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has provided a £3.5m funding facility to Capital Cooling Refrigeration Limited, a refrigeration ...

First month under lockdown sends online clothing

As the government’s new ‘home isolation rules’ came into force throughout March, the fashion industry was sent into a whirlwind of unprecedented uncertainty. ...

SME tenants given rent deferrals during covid-19

A family-owned property business has positioned itself to help its worst affected business centre tenants while they deal with the coronavirus crisis, thanks ...

WMCA funds new online construction training

An innovative programme funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to give local people the skills they need to start a new career in construction ...

Family behind independent bed shop rests easier

A family-run bed shop trading in Hampshire for more than 30 years has safeguarded jobs amid the coronavirus crisis with a five-figure emergency loan from ...

Dental practice donating all PPE to NHS is

A Greater London dental practice has donated all of its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to NHS colleagues and stands ready to join the frontline fight ...

Financial and non-financial services need to re

ONS  labour productivity data from Q4 2019 revealed that productivity, as measured by output per hour, saw a small rise of 0.3% compared with the same quarter ...

Holidaymakers affected by COVID-19 cancellations

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many hotel and travel businesses have refused to refund holidaymakers, with some left out of pocket ...

What happens when economies grind to a halt

Figures released by SMMT showed the UK new car market fell more than -44% in March – hardly a surprise with showrooms locked down for most of the month to ...

New scheme helps customers come to the rescue

It’s predicted that as many as a million local businesses may not survive a four-week-long coronavirus lockdown. As the isolation period stretches onwards, ...

LendInvest updates product catalogue and signals

LendInvest, the UK’s leading platform for property finance, has updated its product catalogue in response to recent market turbulence, and confirms that it ...

London-based cryptocurrency automotive trader

More than 100 of the UK’s top car dealers have signed up to partner with London-based AutoCoinCars, the country’s market leader in trading cars with ...

£1.6m funding boost for nursery group supporting

One of the UK’s largest family-owned and managed nursery group will be able to keep its doors open to the children of key workers during the coronavirus ...

UK manufacturers need £650m in April to survive

UK manufacturers are facing a precarious future according to insights from fintech business lender MarketFinance. Over two thirds (68%) reported their order ...

FPB calls for government to reduce beer tax to

Leading business support group, the Forum of Private Business is lobbying the chancellor to reduce beer tax as part of a package to make the leading PubCo’s ...

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

Societies and economies are being affected by the unprecedented and unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include a major shift in global trade ...

Family-run baker rolls out delivery service to

Family-run bakery chain, Cooplands has increased its bread production and started providing local deliveries to communities across Yorkshire and the North, ...

NHS PPE provider ramps up supplies to frontline

A Croydon-based provider of medical supplies to the NHS and healthcare distribution companies is ramping up supplies of PPE with support from Lloyds Bank ...

Automotive needs urgent access to finance

SMMT is working hard to support members – and the entire automotive sector – and address the immediate challenges presented by Covid-19. This means working ...

Savills Global Market Sentiment Survey

In less than a month, the property market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has reached almost every corner of the globe. Occupiers, dramatically ...

Government allows firms to rehire and furlough

After a campaign by MoneySavingExpert.com founder and chair, Martin Lewis, the government has agreed to change its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance, ...

Support from Lloyds Bank safeguards jobs at

A demolition contractor has secured the jobs of all 33 of its staff during the coronavirus shutdown with support from Lloyds Bank. Chelmsford-based Northeast ...

Leesman & RICS-IFMA launch combined Covid-19

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) collaboration is to throw its weight behind ...

New care business joins the fight to support

Local businessman, Hammad Cheema, has just launched a new at-home care company. Visiting Angels West London will tackle rising loneliness in the elderly and ...

Employers must remember duty of care during

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, businesses must ensure that they’re providing suitable mental health support for employees and fulfilling their duty of ...

Savills Research webinar: What COVID-19 means

In case you weren’t able to join our webinar yesterday on what COVID-19 means for the UK Property Market we have provided the webinar recording and ...

Customs duty and VAT stopped on urgent medical

The announcement that the government is to suspend import duty on Personal Protection Equipment (“PPE”) and chemicals for test kit manufacture is welcome but ...

Slowing food inflation might not last

  Shop Prices fell by 0.8% in March compared to a 0.6% decrease in February. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price decreases of 0.3% and 0.5%, ...

BRC responds to HMT grants and business rates

Responding to the HMT announcement, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The government has made a number of ...

APSCo writes to chief executive of British

Responding to reports of disparate approaches taken by the banks to recruitment firms looking to apply for finance via the Coronavirus Business Interruption ...

FPB joins social media clamour for pub rent

Leading business support body, the Forum of Private Business has joined the demand trending on social media for pubs forced to close as a result of the ...

Leyton offers free comprehensive R&D tax

Leyton, the UK’s leading innovation funding specialist, has today announced that it is providing a free R&D tax service to companies that are repurposing ...

Holiday firm receives standing ovation for doing

A holiday company that received standing ovations for getting its customers home safe says it is determined to come back stronger than ever, thanks to support ...

CILT launches initiative to ensure supply chains

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has set up a database for organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources, to ensure the UK ...

Family-run hotelier secures jobs with support

A family-run hotelier has secured jobs and is helping to support its local community during the coronavirus shutdown, thanks to the support of a five-figure ...

Hope springs for Somerset zoo during coronavirus

A Somerset zoo that has closed its doors during the coronavirus outbreak has secured a six-figure funding package to care for its animals during the lockdown, ...

Support from Lloyds Bank strikes the right chord

A specialist music merchandising company has secured jobs and is looking to the future with support from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Kent-based Nylon ...

BFS confirms support measures for businesses

SME partner, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has confirmed its support for new and existing clients during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Edward Winterton, UK ...

VAS Group appoints first commercial director

Leading valuation market specialists, VAS Group is continuing to expend its senior management team with the appointment of Daniel Owen-Parr to the newly ...

What accountants should know about emergency

The UK government has allocated £330 billion to businesses for pandemic relief. This is the base amount; the government has made it clear that more will be ...

Tips on hiring the right management for your

In order to see your business flourish – you need to have the right people behind you. You can’t do everything on your own, so you need to be confident that ...

Mazda CX-5 reinforces subtlety in its latest guise

Having arrived at a level of svelte style and street presence that provides high satisfaction, states Iain Robertson, Mazda realises that change-for-change’s ...

Value retailers drive record number of store

According to research from international real estate advisor Savills, 2019 marked a record year for new store openings in the out of town retail market with ...

UK car production steady in February, down -0%,

British car manufacturing fell -0.8% in February, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Some 122,171 ...

AAT’s Brian Palmer responds to chancellor&

Last night the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a new package of measures to support people who are self-employed during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) ...

Tink acquires Spanish account aggregation

The acquisition complements Tink’s organic growth strategy to enhance its platform, increase connectivity and expand its product offering. The acquisition of ...