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Have You Taken Advantage Of A Business Loan Repayment Holiday?

There are many thousands of small. medium and large businesses in the UK that have suffered financially due to the coronavirus. For instance, you may be the owner of a restaurant that has had to close temporarily due to the pandemic. If you have a business loan in place then you may still be able […]

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Gross Bridging Lending Increases In Q3 2020

There was a big rise in the total gross bridging lending figure in Q3 2020 when compared with Q2 2020. One of the reasons for this may be due to the relaxation by the government on how much stamp duty is payable at the moment. Until 31 March 2021, on residential properties sold for a […]

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Increase In Balances Outstanding On Residential Mortgages In September 2020

According to figures produced by the Building Societies Association, the level of balances outstanding on residential mortgages here in the UK in September 2020 rose to £1,478,188 million. This was an increase when compared with August 2020 when the figure was £1,472,734 million. Banks and building societies accounted for £1,312, 402 million. Other specialist lenders […]

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Gross Lending To SMEs Drops In Q1 2020

According to the Business Finance Review published by UK Finance earlier this year, the amount of gross lending to SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) fell to £5.6 billion in the first three months of this year when compared with the last three months of 2019 when the figure was £6.1 billion. That equates to […]

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Large Fall In Bridging Advances In Q2

It will probably not come as a surprise to read that the amount of new money lent by way of bridging loans in the second quarter of 2020 fell significantly when compared with the first quarter of this year. One of the reasons for this will no doubt be due to COVID-19 that may also […]

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When Is A Business Overdraft Facility Cheaper Than A Loan?

As a general rule, the interest rate charged by a bank or building society for a business overdraft is higher than for a business loan. Therefore, you probably think that you will end up paying more interest on an overdraft facility than a loan. Well, this is not always the case but why? Let us […]

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Residential Mortgage Lending Statistics Make For Interesting Reading

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has produced some statistics relating to residential mortgage lending. Below we provide some of the information that we thought you may find of interest. At the end of the first quarter of 2020, the outstanding amount of residential mortgages stood at £1,509 billion. This figure was 3.9% more than at […]

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UK Businesses Borrow Record Amount In March

According to the Bank Of England’s Money and Credit – March 2020 document that it published on the 1st May 2020, a record amount was advanced in the form of bank loans in March 2020 to UK businesses. The amount of new lending by way of bank loans totalled £34.1 billion. This is a dramatic […]

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) For SMEs

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are no doubt many businesses including small and medium sized businesses in the UK that have been adversely affected from a financial perspective. As a result, in order to assist qualifying businesses, the government has introduced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). More information can be found on […]

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What Impact Will The Fall In The Base Rate Have On Your Borrowing?

You will no doubt be aware that the Bank Of England recently lowered the Base Rate by 0.5% to 0.25% to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus that has caused havoc in many countries both in Europe and worldwide. So, how will this drop in the interest rate help? Well, if you are […]

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