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Kroll Ontrack embraces e-commerce for industry leading Ontrack Eraser 4.0 data wiping software

Brisbane, Australia:  Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, ediscovery and information management products and services, today announced a new subscription-based pricing model for its industry leading enterprise data eraser solution, Ontrack® Eraser 4.0 . Starting at $99.95, the new model offers customers a simple and flexible way to meet the specific data erasing needs of their business by ... Read More »

SaleSpider & Equifax Sign Data Partnership Agreement

SaleSpider.com announced a new data partnership with Equifax that will allow both companies to continue to develop and grow their business data divisions.  The partnership will enable Equifax to continue its focus on providing business-to-business customers with the insights and information that they need to help them make critical business decisions. For SaleSpider, the agreement will give the company access ... Read More »

SME Access to Finance: The Business Model Seems to Be the Issue

The SME Finance Forum Group on LinkedIn (over 1100 members) conducted a survey to get a sense of priorities in this sector.  The group was polled on four key subjects and the response was as follows: Policies and Regulations:   11% Business Models:  31% Impact on Jobs and Poverty:  11% Data: 15% This indicates a lesser concern about policies and regulation ... Read More »

German Based Micro Lender Eyes Small Business Lending – Generates its Own Information

Kreditech, which was launched last year (see our report of November 2012) to provide small loans to consumers is said to be breaking into the small business lending market. At this point in time little is known about the announced B2B offering, except that it will launch internationally early in 2013 and will allow retailers (e.g. banks, leasing companies, e-commerce ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Provides Free Commercial Credit Reports

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., a provider of credit building and credibility management solutions for businesses, introduced CreditSignal(TM), a first-of-its-kind free business credit report (in the USA*) that alerts companies to changes in their business credit scores and ratings. D&B Credibility designed CreditSignal as a free offering because the company saw an acute market need for a business credit alert ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires Controlling Stake in Analytics Company NettPositive India

According to Reuters, Equifax Inc has acquired a controlling stake in NettPositive Business Analytics, a Bangalore-based company that provides analytics and business intelligence solutions to the financial services, insurance, retail and telecommunications sectors.  The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. With this acquisition, NettPositive’s operations and services will become part of Equifax. NettPositive is a differentiated provider ... Read More »

Many SMEs Unaware of Alternative Financing Options

New research reveals reliance on traditional funding – Nearly two thirds of SMEs cite short-term cash needs as main reason for finance applications Experian UK Poll:  Awareness of different types of business finance is very low among SMEs, with most continuing to rely on traditional bank overdrafts or personal sources of cash for additional funding, according to new research by ... Read More »

Credit Bureau’s Information and Service – Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from International Lender Perspective

Paul Ip, Country Credit Head, Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Taiwan Limited, presented at the 8th WCCRC conference in Taipei on October 23, 2012 and offered a lender’s perspective of what he expects from a credit bureau in regard to SME credit reporting.  Given the short comings of SMEs in transparency it is more difficult to assess the credit worthiness ... Read More »

Australian Credit Climate: Giving Small Business Credit

Finding new opportunities in Australia’s most dynamic credit market Access to credit for small business is constrained by a number of factors including the ability of lenders to access wholesale funds, prudential requirements and government regulation. However, even in markets where these factors are benign the flow of credit to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge. This ... Read More »

IFC (World Bank Group) Establishes the SME Finance Forum

The SME Finance Forum (SMEFF) is a part of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. SMEFF is a platform for sharing knowledge in small and medium enterprise finance, for promoting best practices, and for collecting data to help set standards in this field.   SMEFF has been created because improving financing for SMEs is critical for creating and sustaining jobs ... Read More »

BIIA at the Kuala Lumpur APEC Conference on Financial System Capacity Building and Financial Inclusion

BIIA was invited to attend the meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) on May 22nd 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and participated in discussions on Financial System Capacity Building: Financial Inclusion. Financial inclusion is a very important tool in creating employment and poverty reduction efforts.  In the last decade microfinance institutions showed tremendous success in outreaching and serving ... Read More »

Experian and Moody’s Analytics Team up to Launch the Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index

Experian®, announced that it has joined forces with Moody’s Analytics to create a business index and detailed report that provides insight into the health of U.S. businesses.  The new Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index will be reported quarterly to show fluctuations in the market and discuss factors that are impacting the business economy. The Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit ... Read More »

United Kingdom Business Information Providers Association (BIPA) Launches Website

Under the banner of facilitating business decisions by protecting access to publicly available data, the newly formed United Kingdom Business Information Providers Association has announced the launch of its website www.bipa.uk.com The website will serve to promote the work of the Association, which was formed in March 2011, to facilitate economic growth through the promotion and protection of statutory publicly ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: 400,000 Small Businesses Missing Out on Mainstream Finance

Nearly 400,000 small businesses are missing out on access to mainstream finance largely because credit providers are unable to adequately assess and price small business risk. According to a recent report by Dun & Bradstreet, ‘Giving Small Business Credit – Finding New Opportunities in Australia’s Most Dynamic Credit Market’, of the more than one million unincorporated businesses in Australia, more ... Read More »