What will the CYBG and Virgin Money tie-up mean for SME lending?

SME lending has fallen 3.7 per cent year on year but will this new deal buck the trend?


How to attract angel investment as a scale-up

Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association shares the benefits of receiving angel investment.

PR and Marketing Strategy

SME marketing: balancing the short and long-term views

Rebecca Manville, the managing director of digital marketing agency Dotted explains how to balance long and short-term goals in your business.


SMEs leaving Soho to go south of the river

London Bridge is attracting SMEs with cheaper rents without compromising on transport links and amenities.


5 business lessons from Rwanda for UK SMEs

An entire Rwandese generation was wiped out during the genocide, which means that young entrepreneurs don't have the supportive mentorship of older business owners. Even so, entrepreneurship is thriving in Rwanda, and according to Sandro Macchioli from Designit London, there's a lot that UK SMEs can learn from a cultural exchange.

Financial Management

Access to the right financial tools will open up global trade for SMEs

What does it take to become a global CEO? WorldFirst CEO, Jonathan Quin explain how access to the right financial tools can be the ticket in for SMEs.

Growth Planning

The pros and cons of business leasing products for SMEs

This article dissects the three main options for sourcing a business vehicle: business contract hire, business finance lease, or a purchase option.

Alternative Finance for Business

Top 5 SME funding fails revealed

The SME funding landscape can be a complex minefield. Clear Funding's Ian Watkinson outlines what business owners should prepare for before deciding on the funding option right for them.


New European SME debt fund raises €500m

The fund is set to offer between 100 to 150 SMEs a financing solution that combines a medium term bank loan of about five years with a long-term loan of about seven to 10 years.


SMEs beware: these are the worst countries to do business with

A new league table reveals the best and worst countries in the G20 for growing businesses to trade with. Let this be a cautionary tale.


SMEs base growth plans on what they can afford

The business as usual approach hasn't changed much since the Brexit vote, according to BDRC Continental's quarterly SME Finance Monitor. Surprisingly, most SME owners believe banks will say 'yes' if they were to approach them for a facility.

Growth Planning

Will your business make it to 2020?

Four in 10 SMEs may not make it past their fifth anniversary, according to a new study based on ONS data. Here are sectors that have the best SME survival rates.