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A temporary return of confidence but further uncertainty awaits SMEs

UK CEO, Edward Winterton, discusses the findings of BFS’s latest SME Confidence Tracker report and what the General Election means for SMEs. In the SME Confidence Tracker report for Q4 2016, it was noted that there were renewed fears that stagflation may be around the corner due to rising input…

The road to exporting: top tips for SMEs on taking business abroad

Given the geo-political changes of the past year and the UK’s forthcoming negotiations with the EU, it is no surprise that SMEs are thinking differently about exporting. Bibby Financial Services’s latest SME Confidence Tracker found that one in ten (10%) SMEs are planning to invest in their exporting capability over…

How will leaving the EU Customs Union impact UK SMEs?

This week, Parliament passed the Brexit Bill, clearing the way for the UK to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU. Brexit Secretary, David Davis, announced last month that Brexit would involve leaving the EU Customs Union and this was reiterated by Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, this week. But, what is…

SMEs hesitant about the Government’s trading aspirations out of the EEA

Only time will tell whether the UK economy thrives or suffers in the aftermath of Brexit. Following Theresa May’s speech on the 17th of January, it seems highly likely that the UK will leave the single market.  Therefore, to make a success of Brexit, the government needs to cultivate new…

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Interview with Ian Watson, CEO of BFS North America

We sat down with the CEO of Bibby Financial Services North America, Ian Watson, to discover how BFS operates and what the landscape is like in the US for SMEs that seek alternative forms of funding. Overview, what does BFS do? Primarily we’re a receivable finance business, but we also…

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