Category: SMEs

Landmark iGTB survey shows SMEs are crying out for better banking

iGTB today released a survey that examines under a fine microscope the banking requirements of small- and medium-sized business, and whether they are being met by banking providers. SMEs represent 99% of UK businesses and are critical for real economic growth, Yet SMEs continue to be underserved by banks. They are often “ignored” and “neglected”, due in …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins writes for the AFP about the growing importance of identifying energy efficiency risks

In an article for the Association for Finance Professionals, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Research at Standard and Poor’s, explains that mounting government pressure to cut energy consumption and limit pollution means companies are increasingly looking to new energy-saving technologies and strategies. But implementing these new methods requires considerable …

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S&P’s Mid-Market event covered in the specialist press

Standard & Poor’s hosted a panel discussion with key industry experts – from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), and debt advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP – to explore the recent trends in Europe’s Mid-Market and what can be done to develop the sector as we head into …

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ICC discusses the need of diversified funding options for SMEs in World Commerce Review

Despite playing a vital role in facilitating trade – both as principal traders and as part of global supply chains – small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to access funding. Indeed, data from ICC’s latest Global Survey on Trade Finance – which surveyed 482 banks across 112 countries – shows that SMEs are finding …

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iGTB attends Global Business Leaders Conference, which stresses the power of business for good

This month, Moorgate attended INSEAD’s Global Business Leaders Conference: ‘Europe: What Works!’, held in Vienna. The conference was attended by business leaders and strategic thinkers – including iGTB’s Phil Cantor, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of PreSales and Jacob Derbyshire of Giant iTab, the prize draw winner of iGTB’s soon to be published ‘SME Banking …

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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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