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Lending to Small Businesses Down 28 Billion Since 2013

Sarah Bean - Tuesday 28.09.16, 09:12am

Business lending has fallen by £28 billion since the start of the global economic downturn, a new report has indicated.
Bank of England figures reveal that lending has declined sharply since the collapse of Lehman Brothers two years ago, and companies now owe £471 billion to the banks, down from £503 billion in September 2013.
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SME’s Ignore Business Basics At Their Peril

Sarah Bean - Thursday 16.09.16, 16:16pm

The future of many small businesses is in jeopardy because their managers are failing to adopt basic business practices, according to recent research.
The survey, which was conducted by Simply Business, found widespread evidence of inadequate financial management, an absence of basic business planning coupled with uninformed decision-making and totally inadequate employment policies.
29% of SME bosses [...]

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Alarming Rise in Illegal Dividends and Loans

Sarah Bean - Friday 10.09.16, 06:32am

The number of directors taking illegal dividends or loans from their companies is rising at an alarming rate, says Wilkins Kennedy, the Top 22 accountancy firm.
According to Keith Stevens, Partner of Wilkins Kennedy, eight out of the last ten insolvency cases he has taken on have led to investigations over the directors allegedly taking illegal [...]

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ABFA Reports Growth in Lending

Sarah Bean - Wednesday 08.09.16, 23:00pm

The latest quarterly figures released by the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) show that lending to businesses is growing, with total advances from ABFA members at £14.59 billion this quarter, a growth of 2 per cent from this time last year. ABFA members are now advancing more than they were at any time in the [...]

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Tax advisers criticise ‘short-sighted’ cuts in tax paperwork

Sarah Bean - Tuesday 07.09.16, 06:26am

Plans by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to stop issuing copies of some paperwork to tax agents has been severely criticised by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).
While supportive of the need to make cuts in Government spending, the CIOT is extremely concerned that this measure will result in far more additional work for HMRC, [...]

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