Help and support

More businesses make use of the Independent Appeals Process

If you have been turned down for a bank loan, you can appeal that decision through the independent Appeals Process. Professor Russel Griggs is the Independent External Reviewer tasked with overseeing ways in which the process can be improved and ensure greater transparency between the bank and you, the business.

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Tips for a successful finance application

The UK’s five largest high street banks offer their insight to help you ensure your application for credit stands the greatest chance for success.

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Lending application checklist

When you apply for a loan, your bank will ask you for a variety of details. Most banks usually provide a detailed guide to help you through your application, but this checklist provides a good starting point for your preparations.

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How to write a business plan

A business plan describes where your business is now, your aims for the future, and how you expect to achieve them. In addition to obtaining finance, a good business plan can also help you to remain clear about your strengths, weaknesses, targets and performance.

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Considerations for start-ups

If you are starting a business and looking for finance, make sure you’re prepared to answer the bank's questions and can back up your answers with research as much as possible.

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How a mentor can help

Britain’s largest banks have joined forces to support a network of business mentors across Britain. Mentorsme.co.uk is the UK's first specialist online portal for businesses looking for mentoring services.

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How to improve your credit score

When you apply for credit or finance, the bank will want to build a picture of your past and current circumstances to help them make their decision. Credit Scoring plays a big part in the process.

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Appeals eligibility

I have had a lending application declined, can I appeal?

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Independent Appeals Reviewer

An external Independent Reviewer, Professor Russel Griggs monitors and scrutinises the appeals process.

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Business Account Finder Overview

If you're a business, club, society or charitable organisation, the Business Account Finder helps you to find up-to date information on the UK banking market.

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Find a business mentor with mentorsme.co.uk

mentorsme.co.uk helps small and medium-sized businesses quickly and easily find a mentoring organisation that matches their requirements.

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