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Business leaders want the UK's challenger banks to be personal, localised and transparent – in other words, back-to-basics banking.
They're challenging the Big Five with a return to face to face banking, with continuity, relationships, and flexibility. Can the rising names of UK banking offer a new form of bank lending?
Beware of the challenger banks – just because they're new, doesn't mean they're any better than the banks that were caught up in recent scandals.
150 per cent more SMEs have approached community finance providers for funding this year – but who exactly are these "ethical lenders"?
The City Grump sorts the wheat from the chaff in the debate around alternative funding for business.
The new banks are taking the initiative: Metro Bank is a new primary banking partner for government SME lending scheme, Growth Accelerator.
New banks are mushrooming across the UK, trying to compete with the Big five – but what would they need to offer so you would trust them with your business?
Are the big five UK banks losing their grip on the market and opening the doors for lenders with a fresh approach”
A military charity campaign will try to convince local authorities to improve access to finance for SMEs, through banking facilities that understand their local community.