Tag Archives: SME funding

Future Fund Is Latest Attempt To Get Cash Through To SMEs

How are you doing? Nowadays, this question isn’t just a conversational gambit, but a genuine enquiry about health and well-being. Early indications point to a difficult future for SMEs in the post-Covid UK. There’s plenty of good intention from the government – but, of course, some might see good intentions as the paving stones on […]

European Commission Unveils SME Development Strategy

Wednesday’s News story  on the figures from British Bank underscores the difficulty governmental organisations have in stimulating small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). So perhaps the European Commission’s recently published “SME Strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe” should be read in this light. It looks to us a worthwhile strategy for a potentially massive marketplace. The […]

SMEs Still Not Making Most Of ‘Gift-Wrapped’ Funding Opportunity

One of the recurring themes of the alternative finance sector is the difficulty it has had in making a connection with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Yesterday, we brought you news of self-funding by many in the sector. Today, we offer an excerpt from a This is Money report on the limited success of the […]

AltFi Lenders’ Comms Failure: Many SMEs Still Self-Funding

A recurring theme of our news coverage is the transition of alternative finance to the mainstream. P2P Finance News reports on another aspect of the evolution of the sector – the continued use of self-funding by the owners of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). This something that platform lenders such as Money&Co. approve of – […]

How To Be An A+ SME Borrower – Loan Latest

Having achieved a very rare A+ risk rating after Money&Co.’s rigorous credit analysis, Mar-Key has an offering on site as it looks for long-term growth. Here is an extract from its pitch. “Mar-Key Group is a manufacturer and installer of large structure Marquees for major events, weddings and industrial structures. We also manufacture small marquees […]

Open Banking Heads Toward SME Funding – Plus Loan Latest

Open banking was initially focused primarily on individual consumers. Now, as the still-young sector begins to mature, some  operators are moving towards the small-business market. As lending platforms, we are doing our best to cater for the gaps left by mainstream banks – but there is still unmet demand. Our friends at AltFi take up […]

SME Lending Buck Will Not Stop Here – Despite ‘Brexit Effect’

Recruiter reports that the ‘Brexit effect’ is kicking in, according to the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), the trade body for the Enterprise Investment Scheme. The effect is not good… Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that, in volume terms, business investment was estimated to have fallen by 0.4% to £49.2bn between […]