Banks are refusing me to lend to SMEs – what should I do? Dave Fishwick replies

I own a successful furniture business that has grown from £7m to £65m over the last 5 years. We did this without taking on any long-term debt or equity partners – instead paying little in dividends and holding our balance sheet to allow for continued growth. However, we have taken short term facilities with our … Read more

Now tens of thousands have been turned down for a John Lewis credit card

John Lewis has turned down tens of thousands of applicants who have applied for the new reward credit card. Almost 600,000 orders were successfully processed after it moved its provider from HSBC to NewDay. About 4 percent were rejected for it – including some re-applications. This could amount to as many as 25,000 failed apps, … Read more

Young borrowers are more likely to use payday loans and not be aware of “affordable” credit unions.

Young adults are twice as likely to turn to high-interest payday lenders as they are to nonprofit community lenders, finds research from the government-supported Pensions and Money Service. Friends and family were the number one source of loans for the group aged 25 to 34, with 26 percent saying they would turn into “close contacts”. … Read more