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Beechbrook hits £128m first close for UK SME fund

The follow up to the investor’s 2015 vehicle is again backed by British Business Investments.

How private debt can plug the credit gap for emerging market SMEs

Private debt could help jumpstart economies where public capital markets have failed.

SME lending takes off

Private debt lenders are heavily focused on supporting smaller businesses.

ESO provides loan note in first deal since Core Capital acquisition – exclusive

The deal is the first for the combined group, which is aiming to provide more hybrid debt and equity solutions.

Judo raises A$140m for Australian SME lending

Melbourne-based Judo was founded by an experienced team of bankers.

BNP Paribas launches first fund for UK SME direct lending

The new fund could lend up to £300m to UK small businesses.

BNP Paribas agrees origination tie up with CODE

The partnership will see CODE originate SME loans for BNP Paribas Asset Management and expand into Europe.

BNP Paribas appoints Link to administer SME loan platform

The debt administrator’s European experience will assist the platform’s rollout across the continent.

Shard Credit provides $13m to back UK accountancy business acquisitions

An accordion feature will provide SKS Business Services with funds to complete its acquisition pipeline.

Staying positive when it comes to the crunch

Marketplace, or P2P, platforms claim to do well when conditions toughen. But there are concerns over expansion into new markets and a lack of skin in the game, finds David Turner

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