The Lending archive.


Lending to small businesses hits all-time low

New findings from the FSB show successful finance applications plummeting to lowest level on record


HSBC UK launches £12 billion lending fund for SMEs

HSBC UK is launching a £12 billion lending fund for SMEs across the UK. Here's what you need to know.


Barclays doubles unsecured lending to small businesses

Small businesses are in luck as Barclays has doubled its unsecured lending limit from £50,000 to £100,000.


British Small Business Awards 2017: Business Lender of the Year shortlist

The shortlisted institutions in the Business Lender of the Year category have been announced for the British Small Business Awards.


Majority of SME’s do not trust traditional lenders

The majority of SME’s struggle to trust traditional lenders, and in fact prefer to invest their own personal funds and savings into the business.

Getting Online

Why lenders will be required to link to comparison websites

Payday lenders will be required to clearly link to a price comparison website, following new regulation.


Expected rates of lending for SMEs to increase as confidence grows

Lending to SMEs dropped by £2 billion in one year and £4 billion since 2013 as early indicators demonstrate an uptick in lending to SMEs in 2017.

Small Business Banking

Glimmers of positive growth for SME lending for 2017

Lending to SMEs has dropped by £2 billion in one year but early indicators in 2016 reveal an uplift in lending and confidence that SMEs can secure finance.

Business Loans

Millions of Brits lending to family and friends to bridge the gap

1.6 million people have lent money directly to a friend or family member to help them start or grow a business, a new study reveals.


Beyond financing

Adam Rowse, customer and commercial director at Barclays Business, offers his perspective on the state of financing and relationships between business clients and banking institutions.


Vince Cable to banks: Be transparent about lending or face new taxes

Business secretary Vince Cable has piled pressure on the banks to be more transparent about lending to small businesses.


BGF will have ‘little to no impact on overall bank lending’

Small business owners believe the Business Growth Fund (BGF) initiative will do little to help them access funding, finds research.

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Agility – the new rocket fuel for today’s SMBs

How Microsoft Teams is helping small businesses stay nimble

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Six ways to boost your small company’s culture with technology

Getting the most from Microsoft Teams to help build a common purpose and connection within your business

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Five ways to boost SMB cyber defence so you can focus on growth

Want to boost your cybersecurity? Check out these five ways to strengthen your defences against attacks