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ABN AMRO Commercial Finance delivers £4m funding

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Octane Capital completes £2.6m bridge-to-let

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Arbuthnot Commercial backs MBO of Britdoors and

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CitySwift raises additional funding

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UK auto calls for restart support as Covid

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Great British staycation: UK hotels prepare to

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United Tooling Solutions targets UK-growth with

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Restrictions on travel easing as Europe leads

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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

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Retail consultancy supporting Tesco and B&Q

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Specialist SME lender Paragon urges farmers to

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Visiting Angels doubles UK network

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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

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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 ...