Balloons have a habit of bursting

Posted on Posted in Bank of England, Inflation

While all eyes are on Mark Carney following the announcement that he is to stay on as Governor of the Bank of England until 2019, I wrote in August about the Bank’s decision to reduce interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25%. I felt it was hasty and it is likely to see a quicker rebound than might otherwise have been the case. The Bank clearly got a bit wobbly about Brexit. Evidence from our own […]

Dark clouds on the economic horizon according to UK SMEs

Posted on Posted in Bad debt, Bank of England, Bibby Factors, Bibby Financial Services, Blog, China, Economic growth, IMF, Inflation, Late payments, SMEs

The findings of our SME Confidence Tracker, reported in the Daily Telegraph, highlight subdued business confidence in Q3. Our research among 1,000 UK SMEs, shows declining business performance and significantly lower sales expectations for the final quarter, when compared with the same period in 2014. Investment is also on shaky ground. Less businesses are recruiting, and – overall – investment in people is down 6%, year-on-year. Though there are small pockets of optimism in both geography […]