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Half of all R&D tax relief goes unclaimed

 Almost 9 in 10 finance companies could be eligible for Research and Development (“R&D”) tax relief on new products and services but only 41pct of them have ever claimed. This means businesses in the finance sector are missing out on millions of pounds even though 89pct of them have developed new products or business process in the last two years...

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MAF high five

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (“MAF”), is committed to building the next generation of finance brokers, employing five new members of staff all under the age of 23. University graduates Sam Greasley, Harry Krikken, Charlie Hubble, Ryan Walker and Liam Delaney were all hired this month as the broker continues its talent development scheme...

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New Head of Broker at White Oak

White Oak UK, one of the UK’s largest alternative providers of SME finance, has announced Matt Phillips as its new Head of Broker & Strategic Partnerships. In 2015, Matt was the driving force behind “introduce”, White Oak UK’s client referral scheme, which has since generated over £87 million in origination from more than 230 approved introducers...

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New Motor Finance post at Paragon

A new National Sales Manager for Motor Finance has been appointed at Paragon. The newly-created role will see Geoff Duncalf esponsible for leading and developing a team of six Regional Sales Managers...

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Funding Circle broker channel lends £1 billion

 Funding Circle, the global small business loans platform, has told us that its broker channel has reached a milestone of £1 billion facilitated to small businesses in the UK. This follows the promotion of Tom Shave to Head of Broker... 

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Rivers doubles down on loan note programme

Rivers Leasing’s financing structure is a combination of the industry traditional and the innovative, including a £12 million loan note programme listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, which it is increasing to £25 million this October in order to continue its planned development...

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SMEs seek solutions for work stress

The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes study has revealed that a third (33pct) of bosses at UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), equating to 1.81 million firms with fewer than 250 employees, have personally suffered from anxiety, depression or another kind of mental health problem in the past five years...

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Investec uncovers brokers’ expansion plans

 Asset finance brokers are overwhelmingly positive on their prospects for growth over the next year, according to a survey conducted by Investec Asset Finance Group. When asked how they would achieve their growth targets, the majority said that they would expand into new sectors...

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BVRLA expands membership

During 2018, the BVRLA has continued to grow and there are now over 950 organisations in membership, who are collectively responsible for almost 5 million vehicles on UK roads, buy almost half of all new vehicles sold in the UK and purchase 83pct of all UK-manufactured vehicles sold to a domestic market each year.

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Ready for a recession?

"The economic definition of recession generally involves a fall in GDP in two successive quarters. Since I entered the world of commerce in 1970 I have experienced four recessions. Each has been unique..."

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Brokers wary of base rate rise

United Trust Bank’s most recent broker sentiment survey has revealed that 61pct of brokers operating in the fields of asset finance and property feel that it would take just one more 0.25pct increase in the base rate of interest to stifle SME investment...

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More senior appointments at HHF

Two further key appointments have been made at Henry Howard Finance to help support the independent funder’s continued growth. Marie Dunkley and Charlie Ryley join a firm which has supported more than 30,000 companies across the UK.

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Wyelands Bank makes Asset Finance appointment

Wyelands Bank, set up to help small and medium businesses, has appointed Jim Higginbotham as managing director, asset finance. Jim's appointment is part of the bank’s strategy to help manufacturing and industrial businesses to trade and grow through the right combination of simple but specialist finance solutions. 

 

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Bluestone means prizes

Bluestone Leasing has announced that Mark Rice at pure technology group is the winner in their recent World Cup Promotion

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HHF names North West appointments

Henry Howard Finance, having recently celebrated a year-on-year increase of 50pct in own-book lending, has appointed its first senior account managers in the North West.

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STAR own book reaches £100m

UK SME asset finance provider STAR Asset Finance Ltd (“SAFL”) has seen its net receivables hit £100 million - well ahead of target. 

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Investec Materials Handling passes £250m in lending

 Investec Materials Handling has recently broken through the £250 million barrier of paid out business, having become one of the major suppliers of finance in this sector.

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No credit policy change, say brokers

UTB poll reveals most brokers expect lender credit policies to stay the same over the next twelve months.

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PCF Bank, one year on

As PCF Bank celebrates its first anniversary since becoming a fully authorised bank, it has recently welcomed some key new members to its team.

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Quantum passes £100m lending to SMEs

The business reaches this milestone as Kilsey Walker joins to take over from John Ward as Quantum’s Broker Manager for the South of England.

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Investec AF develops broker outreach

 Investec Asset Finance has announced a new name on its broker-introduced sales team, in response to feedback from the company’s annual survey, which highlighted an appetite for an increased presence in Northern England.

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Ignition makes Top 20

The Truro-based provider of vehicle and asset finance for UK SMEs, Ignition, has made the Western Morning News Fast Growth 75 list for the fifth consecutive year, and has been placed in the top 20 for the second year running...

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AF-PA splashes out next Thursday

AF-PA holds its pre-Christmas event in exactly one week's time, sampling this year's Beaujolais Nouveau at Harry's Bar in London and, of course, raising money for their nominated charitable cause for 2018, St Giles School in South Croydon...

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All the winners of our Leasing World Awards 2018

Leasing World is now delighted to share with its readers the full list of all the winners at Tuesday night's Awards Dinner. We'll be contacting the winners separately to share with them pictures and winners' logos, while others wil be able to see a full gallery of photographs from the night in the next issues of BrokerWorld and Leasing World magazines...

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Unsecured auto finance lending nears £60bn

Recent evidence from the Bank of England shows that unsecured personal loans providers have significantly tightened their underwriting. In 2017, UK secured finance to acquire vehicles totalled £44 billion, with unsecured lending for vehicles reached £58 billion...

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HHF increases funding by £51m

 Henry Howard Finance has received a second £51m tranche of funding from the British Business Bank, the UK government-owned economic development bank, under the Bank’s ENABLE Funding programme. The facility comes on top of an existing £51m asset finance facility granted in 2016...

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Sopra snaps up Sword Apak

Sopra Steria has acquired 100pct of Sword Apak, which develops specialised lending solutions for car loans and asset finance. This acquisition rounds out Cassiopae’s offering (loan financing and fleet or personal leasing) with inventory financing solutions for car dealers and other distribution networks...

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Back to school with BLME and Accolade

Accolade Education Finance Limited has relaunched its school and academy operating lease finance offering with a committed funding facility from Bank of London and The Middle East...

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PCF reports strong year-on-year growth

PCF Group plc has issued an update for the year ended 30 September 2018 and is pleased to report that trading is in line with market expectations. The company reports that new business originations are 75pct ahead of last year at £148 million (2017: £85 million)...

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#LWAwards18 shortlists + one new category added

Today Leasing World can share with you one new awards category shortlist, for the Lessor of the Year Award, as well as giving a recap of all the shortlists published to date...

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Leasing World announces Service Excellence shortlist

Our Service Excellence Award, sponsored by Siemens Financial Services Ltd, rewards the most exceptional exhibitions of customer service in the leasing and asset finance industry, and we have whittled the shortlist down to six companies...

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White Oak UK opens doors in vendor finance

 White Oak UK and ASSA ABLOY have announced a new partnership aimed at offering finance solutions to ASSA ABLOY UK business customers. White Oak UK, who rebranded from LDF in July, has been providing flexible business finance solutions in the UK for more than 30 years...

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#LWAwards18 shortlists, full update

With less than three weeks to go until Leasing World's 10th Awards Dinner (October 30th), we're continuing to roll out the awards shortlists, and today we're adding Top Asset Finance Legal Team to the list of lists...

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PCF to acquire Azule

PCF Group plc (“PCF”) has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, PCF Bank Limited, has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Azule Limited for a total consideration of up to £5.6 million. The acquisition provides for an initial consideration of c.£4.1 million, and will immediately enhance Group earnings...

 

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CPF in first vendor scheme

Less than five months since launching, Construction Plant Finance Ltd is delighted to have clinched its first Vendor scheme in partnership with another dynamic new name to enter the UK construction industry. Construction Plant Finance will be partnering JC Mac Ltd in providing them with a fully branded Vendor Sales-Aid programme...

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Job Board

Strategic Initiatives Manager – Location flexible – salary range up to £75,000 + bonus , company car , generous pension and other benefits. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Chief Operating Officer – Asset Finance – Midlands – Salary and car allowance combined will total up to c£90,000 + performance bonus , plus all usual benefits. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Account Manager – IT Finance – Austria – Vienna area location preferred , on target earnings up to €120,000 with uncapped potential , base to variable mix 60/40 and you can be paid monthly at your on target earnings. Excellent accelerators apply once annu - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Territory Manager – Construction Finance – South Midland & South West area East to Reading – Ideal location Bristol to Worcester – Salary range up to £52,000 ( max ) + bonus up to 20% of salary plus company car and excellent benefits. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Partner Development Account Executive – IT Finance – Munich area location required – on target earnings €120,000 to €140,000 and you can elect to be paid monthly at your full on target earnings level. Accelerators are paid at 250% of normal rate once ann - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Account Manager – Office Equipment – South of Oxford location required – Base salary up to £50,000 ( possibly slightly more for an exceptional applicant ) , quarterly paid commission 60/40 mix so £80,000 OTE at £50,000 base. Plus company car and benefits - Robinson Toms Recruitment
J2340 - Sales Support Administrator - UK, Thames Valley / SE Eng - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2359 - Credit Manager - UK, SW London - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2391 - Operational Process & Documentation Specialist - UK, London - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2389 - Business Development Manager - Germany, Düsseldorf - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2387 - Business Development Manager - UK, Berkshire / Thames Valley - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2363 - IT Channel Account Manager - UK, Flexible - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
Assistant Relationship Manager - Asset Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
New Business Administrator - Asset Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Credit Underwriter - Asset Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Underwriter - Invoice Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Account Manager - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Sales Support - Asset Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
BDM - Prestige Motor Finance - THC Recruitment
Head of Dealer/Broker Finance - Motor Finance - THC Recruitment
Area Sales Manager - Motor Finance - THC Recruitment
Pre-sales Consultant - Specialist Finance Software - THC Recruitment
Asset and Technology Finance - BDM - THC Recruitment
Leasing and Contracts Administrator - THC Recruitment
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