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*** Businesses to receive payments via Paym for the first time*** ***Customers will only need a mobile number to make a direct payment*** ***Shops, tradespeople and other small firms able to register up to 50 numbers*** From this week, HSBC’s business customers will be able to receive payments using just a mobile phone number...


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Glasgow-based business Touch-less Hygiene UK Limited is set to improve the hygiene in hospitals, schools and food preparation businesses with the help of expertise from HSBC’s specialist Franchising Unit and £80,000 funding from its Scottish SME Fund. Touch-less Hygiene operates the master franchise for Sanondaf UK.


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Pricing volatility is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the gap between the well-run and poorly operated farming businesses is going to widen as a result, HSBC’s Head of Agriculture Allan Wilkinson has warned. Launching Forward Planning 2015, HSBC’s agricultural budgeting publication that is now in its 41st year...


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ATPI, a leading global travel management business, has acquired travel company Griffin, a UK based global specialist in the strategic Marine and Energy travel management sector, with support from HSBC’s North West Leveraged Finance team.  ATPI, which has its UK headquarters in London, was acquired in 2012 by its management...


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Highland Spring, the UK’s market-leader in bottled water, has secured a £50 million finance package from HSBC to support its five year strategic plan - continued investment in business optimisation, sustainable growth and diversification of its brand portfolio. With five bottling plants across the UK...


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Lockerbie-based Robinsons Scotland Limited, a leading manufacturer and installer of steel buildings primarily for use in the agriculture sector, is seeking continued growth after receiving a £725k funding package through HSBC’s SME Fund. The business, which has also switched its full banking relationship to HSBC, has a three...


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Government-backed online service aims to help 20,000 UK SMEs to boost their exporting capability by 2016 HSBC has been announced as the first corporate sponsor of Open to Export, an online export community backed by Government and business, which aims by 2016 to help 20,000 businesses by offering free access to its forum, webinars and industry contacts.


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An environmentally-friendly falafel business set up by a former accountant is aiming for £1 million in sales after its first year in business. Falafel City, based on the Finchley Road in North London, is the brainchild of husband and wife team Mitan and Kajal Sachdev. Mitan, a chartered account who spent more than five years at PwC...


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Entrepreneurs are much more motivated by personal passion – and the chance to be their own boss – than by making money, new research released today from HSBC reveals. A UK-wide survey of entrepreneurs has found that 61 per cent said being their own boss was the primary motivation to start up a business, while pursuing a personal passion was the second...


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Daventry-based Polymark, which manufactures heat transfer labels and badges, has undergone a management buy-out (MBO), with UK Managing Director Jim Clementson acquiring the business from Ian Elliott. HSBC’s Northants, Milton Keynes and North Beds Commercial Team supported the transaction via a £440,000 funding package, split between Sterling and Euros.


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