Banking & finance

Further extension of the Funding for Lending Scheme

The Funding for Lending Scheme (the “FLS”) was launched jointly by the Bank of England and HM Treasury in July 2012; its aim was to improve access to credit for a wide range of parties by providing an £80bn funding backstop and incentivising banks and building societies to boost their lending.

Customer contracts – unlocking financing potential

Invoice finance (invoice discounting or factoring) involves a financier advancing a certain amount of working capital funds against a company’s invoices. It is therefore essential for the financier to understand the make-up of the company’s trade debtors (and to some extent suppliers) and the terms on which the company contracts with them.

A brief history of nearly everything about social housing finance

The history of social housing finance makes interesting reading and we have been involved in its story since the early 1980s when we helped set up what is now one of the largest housing groups in the country. Working on the precedents established by philanthropic associations such as the Peabody Trust and the William Sutton Housing Trust, housing associations established in the 1970s and 80s were funded by the Housing Corporation, which provided grant funding and took charges over the housing stock directly.

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