AltFi News - 14.09.18

The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech
In the news this week
The Government has now come forward with legislation that will prevent large businesses from stopping suppliers financing their invoices. This will be welcome news for some, and a small step towards addressing the pervasive late payment culture in the UK. Elsewhere, the EU’s shadow banking sector unexpectedly shrunk last year after yielding market share to traditional lenders and more than a decade of growth.
Government announces new measures to boost funding for small businesses



Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst has put forward new laws to arm small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising money from unpaid invoices. (GOV.UK)
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EU 'shadow banking' sector unexpectedly shrank last year
Europe’s ‘shadow banking’ sector shrunk last year, unexpectedly yielding market share to traditional lenders after more than a decade of often rapid growth, a report by the European Union’s risk watchdog showed on Monday. (Reuters)
UK and Israel forge closer links to foster fintech and cyber security innovation
TheCityUK and City TLV of Israel have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bolster FinTech and cyber security cooperation between two of the world’s leading centres for digital innovation. (Finextra)
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London loses out to New York in financial centre rankings
London has been replaced by New York as the world’s top financial centre in a think tank’s latest rankings, due to uncertainty over the Brexit outcome. (P2P Finance News)
Crowdcube acquires business software provider
Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is to provide 600 of its supported businesses with access to new reporting software after it acquired a software provider. The acquisition of Supdate means Crowdcube-funded businesses will be able to use the platform alongside other post-funding benefits, such as access to Amazon’s Launchpad Programme, to allow them to fully benefit from their crowdfunded raise. (Insider Media)
Stat of the Week
New mortgage lending reached its highest level since 2008 in the second quarter, according to statistics from the Bank of England.
More access to invoice finance is only part of the answer
Under new laws scheduled to take effect from the start of 2019, Britain’s 5.7m SMEs will be able to ignore unfair contracts that prevent them from raising finance against monies owed to them by large customers. (Global Banking & Finance Review)
Bank of England's Carney to stay until January 2020 to smooth Brexit
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will stay at the central bank an extra seven months until the end of January 2020 to help smooth Britain’s departure from the European Union next year, finance minister Philip Hammond told parliament on Tuesday. (Reuters)
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