Andrew Darling 2014 Review: Part 2

At Bibby Financial Services in 2014, we saw record breaking highs in funding, successful mid-market promotions, the launch of our advert on Sky TV and the conclusion of our highly-praised ‘Fit For The Future’ events – all high points for the company. But in 2014 we continued to publish key reports and guides for both SMEs and the wider financial services community.

Sharing our knowledge and resources has always been an important part of our work at Bibby Financial Services. Our comprehensive insights into the alternative finance sector, the economy and beyond have been a staple of ours for years now – and 2014 was no different.

One of our most important publications, our quarterly index of small and medium-sized enterprises provides readers with vital information about the turnover of businesses across five industry sectors – manufacturing, construction, transport, wholesale and business services.

Alongside our quarterly index reports, 2014 also saw the introduction of a number of individual specialised reports and guides. These invaluable resources were published via the Bibby Financial Services Blog throughout the year, and provided on-point information for business owners, entrepreneurs, finance specialists and more.

Our West Midlands report focused on the business environment in the region was released in October to coincide with the official opening of Bibby Financial Services’ West Midlands Business Centre. The research and findings highlighted a growing confidence among businesses in the West Midlands when compared with other regions in the UK and featured on BBC Midlands Today.

As well as region specific publications such as our West Midlands report and SME Sentiment Scotland research, this year we published reports and guides that helped to build on the benefits of alternative finance.

‘Livelihood businesses in the UK – A study of micro-enterprises’ was one such report and provided some excellent findings about microbusinesses.

It’s great to be able to look back at the achievements of Bibby Financial Services in 2014, and the scope of our on-going work. I hope that our drive to innovate does not distinguish in 2015 and that we can continue to be an invaluable source of information in the future.

About the Author

Having worked in financial services for over 36 years, Andrew Darling is a specialist in invoice discounting, factoring and trade finance solutions. He currently manages the development of business with higher turnover companies at Bibby Financial Services, specialising in corporate finance for businesses with turnover of £5 million or more.

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