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SimplyBiz mulls flotation on Aim or sale of stake

SimplyBiz is considering floating the business on the Alternative Investment Market or selling a stake in the firm.

The compliance and support services firm says it is working with corporate finance adviser BDO to consider its options.

It says these may include an IPO or the sale of a stake in the business to a trade buyer or private equity fund.

SimplyBiz says: “The board believe that now is the right time to consider the next stage in the company’s development. There are no plans for the management team to change and Ken Davy will remain as chairman of the business.”



60 seconds with… Lloyd Cochrane, head of mortgages and protection, RBS

Where do you anticipate RBS’s gross lending will end up this year? While we have not yet reported full-year results for 2014, as of the end of Q3 we had advanced £15bn and we would like continued growth, at least repeating last year. We want to grow lending through all channels – telephone, branch or […]


Letters: Use of seasonally adjusted figures in lender press releases is misleading

Star letter: Use of seasonally adjusted figures in lender press releases is misleading Last week’s Halifax house price index press release was shamefully misleading. One of its three bullet points said: “House prices grew by 0.9 per cent between November and December,” which is not what its data shows. The data shows a fall of 1.1 […]

Leader: Rate war set to continue

A story we published last week caused an obvious division in the industry. We reported fears that the steep slump in oil prices would lead to uncertainty in the money markets, which would result in an increase in swap rates and therefore in fixed-rate mortgages. While some commentators supported the idea of falling oil prices […]

Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
• The turnaround in individual countries’ current accounts
• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk


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