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New standard for Police body cams backed by industry
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new standard for Body Worn Video (BWV), the cameras now widely adopted by councils and police across the UK. In October 2016 the world’s largest scale roll out of such cameras was announced by London’s Metropolitan Police.
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Growth Street comment on ONS inflation figures
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Commenting on this morning’s inflation figures, Greg Carter, the founder and CEO of the online lender said:   “Despite inflation holding steady, SMEs are still going to feel the pinch, so it is vital they understand their cashflow forecasting and are making the most of intelligent, alternative funding options.
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Commenting on inflation unexpectedly remaining the same, meaning a rate rise this year is even less
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Commenting on how inflation has unexpectedly remained the same, meaning a rate rise this year is even less likely, Shilen Shah, Bond Strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “The headline CPI print for July was somewhat weaker than expected at 2.6% - unchanged on the month as lower energy prices limited the increase over the period. CPI has probably not hit its peak, however a weak domestic backdrop suggests it will drop back soon after, with core service CPI supporting this thesis. From a monetary policy perspective, Sterling’s fall post the release of the data is another indicator that the Bank of England is likely to sit on its hands over the next few months, with Brexit related uncertainty also starting to limit economic activity and underlying inflationary pressures.” 
 
Brexit uncertainty will lead to tough survival decisions for ICT businesses
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
The ICT sector is being hampered by uncertainty caused by Brexit with a slowdown in growth, thin margins and fierce competition, reports leading trade credit insurer Atradius.  
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Euler Hermes Economic Review: 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis
Monday, 14 August 2017
Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer, has issued an assessment of the progress the world has made a decade on from the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).  
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Credit extension slows down
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Today, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) released the Consumer Credit Market Report (CCMR) and the Credit Bureau Monitor (CBM), which are based on data submitted to the NCR by registered credit providers and credit bureaus respectively. The latest edition of the reports covers credit market information up to March 2017. The number of applications for credit decreased by 9.49% quarter-on-quarter from 10.52 million in December 2016 to 9.53 million in March 2017. The total value of new credit granted decreased by 5.63% quarter-on-quarter from R123.40 billion to R116.46 billion. 
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Atradius publishes latest economic research report on South Africa
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Trade credit insurer Atradius has published an economic research report on South Africa, following the news that the nation has officially entered a recession.  
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Exterminate or innovate? Artificial intelligence and the collections industry
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
The use of artificial intelligence and robo-advice to transform the collections industry is one of many incisive sessions planned for the first ever Qualco Live event, taking place on 28 September 2017. 
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Amicus Property Finance announces record £72m lending month in July
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Amicus Property Finance, the specialist short term property lender, today announces a record month of lending in July at £72 million. The firm has cited a confident and buoyant short-term property lending market as well as having expanded its offering further across the country with the opening of the Manchester office last year as key factors.
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New Data Protection Bill risks being the death knell for many small businesses
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
The Forum of Private Business is calling on the Government to form a working group to consider the impact on small businesses of the proposed GDPR legislation following the announcement of the bill today to be discussed in parliament after the recess, as a lack of clarity on what small business can and cannot do in terms of data use will lead to inertia through fear of breaking the new rules.
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Manufacturing surveys: What do they tell us about the health of the global economy?
Monday, 07 August 2017
July’s readings of the Markit Purchasing Manufacturers’ Surveys (PMIs) offered no real standout surprises. However, they seem to support our view that global growth is softening at the margin in the second half of this year, and that we are seeing less synchronised performance between economies. In fact, the improvement in global manufacturing over the last year may now have reached its cyclical peak. 
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