Lending and Borrowing


Payday lending: tougher new rules welcomed by government

UK HM Treasury News Story - 3 October 2013
New payday lending rules put consumers first, explains Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid.

Tough new payday lending rules put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are a clear signal to the payday lending market that they need to get their houses in order, Treasury minister [...]

Access to Finance Stalls UK’s Business Competitiveness Score

Problems with getting access to finance has been cited as one of the main reasons that Britain’s position in the list of ‘best countries to do business in’ has fallen this year.
The World Economic Forum’s annual global competitive index was released recently and it documents how various countries around the world fare in terms of [...]

Smarter Financing for ambitious SMEs - webinar

Join our live webTV show to get tips and advice on raising capital

Show date
Tuesday 12th March
Show time
12.45 (UK time)

Whether you own an established small business, or a start-up, at some point it is likely that you’ll have to look at the issue of raising capital, so making sure you know who and where to [...]

Would you like to start your own bank?

Over the last few years, the big banks have been taking a bashing from all sides yet have shown little change in their behavior and attitude.The Government is trying to encourage more competition in the banking industry and welcomes more challenger banks.
If we want more banks,  we need people to set them up.  So, how do you set [...]

Aldermore bank, raises £36 million to fund continued support for small businesses

Aldermore, one of Britain’s leading challenger banks and a participant in the government’s National Loan Guarantee Scheme, is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised £36 million of new capital.
The investment, (made by funds controlled by Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a leading private investment firm), strengthens Aldermore’s position as one of Britain’s most strongly capitalised [...]

Essex Business Seminar - Weathering the storm, March 2nd 2012

Business Seminar: Weathering the storm
Date: Friday 2nd March 2012
Time: 10.00 am to 12.30pm at,
Venue: Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH UK
The organisers, Birkett Long solicitors say:
This seminar is a must for all investors.  In a challenging economic environment, investment choices can be difficult.  Our panel of experts will look at a range of investment opportunities. In [...]

Do you need cash for your business idea? Dragons Den 2012

Last Year’s Dragons’ Den was record breaking, attracting more viewers than ever before. New Dragon Hilary Devey arrived, arched her shoulder pads and firmly established her place amongst the revered business leaders, and some of Britain’s best entrepreneurs gained the cash they desperately needed to turn their business fortunes around. Now it’s 2012 and [...]

Summary of UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2011

The Chancellor has today delivered his autumn statement to Parliament, alongside the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s updated forecasts for growth and borrowing. He announced permanent reductions in spending to ensure that the UK meets its fiscal targets, using some of those savings in the short term to fund infrastructure investment to generate [...]

UK Budget 2010 - Measures For Supporting Business and Growth

The UK Treasury has released further information following the Chancellor’s Budget Statement (Wednesday March 24th 2010). The following is an excerpt from the notice that outlines the particular measures for supporting business and growth.

The Government took decisive action to support the economy during the financial crisis and its aftermath. As the UK emerges from [...]

No Sacred Cows in Pre-Budget Report Please - British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Economic Forecast - December 2009

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Economic Forecast - December 2009
Ahead of the Chancellor’s Pre-Budget Report, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today published its latest Economic Forecast. The business group, which calls itself “the National Voice of Local Business”, has made downward revisions to its GDP expectations for 2009 and 2010, but is more [...]

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