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Monday 16th January

First Board Meeting of the year 

 

 

 

Training & Education

The NACFB is committed to providing Training and Education for Commercial Finance Brokers and over the years has developed a range of training days to cover all aspects of Commercial Finance. This has included Asset Finance, Factoring and Invoice Discounting, Marketing and Fraud training to name just a few. In addition our CPD programme continues and recording is now available on line.

We offer a new qualification to replace the Certificate in Commercial Mortgages, which has been written in conjunction with all the High Street banks. The Certificate in Business Banking and Conduct (CertBB&C) is the standard qualification for all our members and is run by The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

 

Commercial Finance Expo

The Commercial Finance Expo is the only show in the UK dedicated to the business finance community. Representatives from funders across the business finance arena will be exhibiting. This year the NACFB conference will be held during the Expo, welcoming speakers who can offer a keen insight into different parts of the industry..

 

findSMEfinance

FindSMEfinance lists sources of commercial finance for small businesses, including leasing and hire purchase arrangements, commercial mortgages, and invoice discounting and factoring. It will allow you to search by region or postcode, and will take you directly to the brokers who are best placed to help you find the funding you need.

 

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Lobbying

Following three years of determined lobbying the NACFB is getting its message across as the place to go for the broadest range of commercial finance advice. The Association now has representation on a number of important All Party Parliamentary Groups including the Small Business Group and recently the Micro Business group.

This theme ran through a number of Party Conference meetings between the NACFB, ABFA and the FLA with various MPs and business owners in all three conference venues.

We have regular meetings with the FCA, which is crucial in helping us respond to the questions and challenges faced by our 1600 members, 99% of whom have full or limited consumer credit permission. The scale of our Association gives us a certain amount of weight to help influence future regulatory impositions.


The first action that followed was resourced by the FLA and is now under the stewardship of the NACFB, resulting in the production of the findSMEfinance.co.uk website. Launched in 2012, the website contains handles over £1 million per day in leads from SMEs. Now featured on the Business Link website and highlighted to MP's across the country, it has already been adopted by a number of local Chambers of Commerce for their members.

 

We've been heavily involved in discussions and planning for the Government's Referrals Scheme and with the British Business Bank.

NACFB members were responsible for introducing more than £20 billion of commercial lending between mid-2015 and mid-2016. This headline figure follows eight consecutive years of growth.

     

The NACFB is here to provide a Code of Practice for the Commercial finance industry, but when asked for help and recognised as the real alternative business finance provider, we need to help and be in a position to deal with enquiries. As part of a non political group of 125 trade bodies representing one million SME's, our presence within the walls of Westminster puts us in a unique position to help businesses across the UK.

 

We were also involved in the Business Finance Partnership, a fund developed by HM Treasury to help businesses source alternative funding sources. This is not a one off programme with the NACFB intermediary network at its heart, but a sustainable long term plan to get private and institutional money to SME's.

 

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