Category: SMEs

Centre for Entrepreneurs reaches two

Leading entrepreneurial think tank, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, reached its second birthday today, marked by an event at its 11 Charles Street headquarters in Mayfair. In its 24 months the Centre has produced ground-breaking reports on immigrant entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs, angel investors, local government procurement, TV stereotypes and – most recently – seaside entrepreneurs. It has also …

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Commerzbank explains how treasurers can gain from RMB internationalisation in AFP’s newsletter

The recent turbulence in China’s markets, coupled with RMB’s devaluation, has caused much consternation among investors and companies alike. However, writing for AFP Online’s Global Treasury and Finance Insights newsletter, Michael Rugilo, Asia Expert, and Barbara Herbert, Renminbi Specialist, at Commerzbank, reveal how treasurers can cope with a volatile currency – arguing that with the correct treasury setups, embracing …

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Financial Director report on S&P hosted roundtable; Alternative financiers call for greater transparency from mid-market companies

A recent panel – hosted at Standard & Poor’s ‘Annual European Leveraged Finance & High-Yield Conference’ – brought together key industry figures from S&P, HSBC, Aviva Investors France and Alcentra to tackle the question on everyone’s lips: with more midsized firms seeking to diversify their funding sources as their refinancing needs develop – potentially seeking …

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iGTB discusses corporate demand for mobile banking in TFR magazine

Anchal Tiwari, head of product management for trade finance, supply chain finance and receivables at iGTB, is featured in TFR magazine’s latest “Technology Update” column, discussing the influence of new technology on the trade finance landscape, and corporate appetite for technology-enabled solutions. Tiwari claims corporates show greater awareness around the possibilities of corporate banking on …

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The Centre for Entrepreneurs wins coverage for female entrepreneurship report

The Centre for Entrepreneurs has released a report on the differing attitudes of female, over male, entrepreneurs, which has won coverage in the media including The Sunday Times – here. The report highlighted that women are more likely to undervalue their company and have a more cautious attitude to risk, although – surprisingly – female …

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S&P tells TMI that Germany’s Mittelstand seek alternative funding sources

In the latest edition of TMI’s magazine, Standard & Poor’s Mark Währisch, Alexandra Krief and Claire Mauduit-Le Clercq reveal that slow banking disintermediation in Germany has not deterred the country’s famously robust mid-market, or Mittelstand, from seeking alternative funding sources to finance growth, including the well-established US private placement (USPP) market and the German Schuldschein …

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