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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…

Why purpose makes good business leaders

Earlier this month we held Bibby Financial Services’s International Leaders Conference in Prague. In addition to hearing from inspirational speakers such as economist Ana Boata of Euler Hermes and Peter Mulroy, Secretary General of FCI, the conference was an opportunity to bring together leaders from around the business to share…

Supporting Scotland’s SMEs in times of change

After a dramatic summer which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union, the expectation amongst many economists was an immediate and severe hit to the economy. The nightmare scenario some had predicted has not occurred, although there are likely to be many tumultuous months ahead. In Scotland, we…

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