Banks

Small firms need to be more aware of European loans

More needs to be done to spread the message about the availability of affordable business loans from the European Investment Bank, a minister has conceded.

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Savings on the increase during the recession

The recession appears to have prompted people to save more but only a little more.

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Call for more competition among banks

Banks need to return to their normal lending criteria in 2010, a leading business group has said, and there should be more competition among business loan providers.

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Government scheme secures £500 million in business loans

Over 5,000 firms have secured loans worth more £580 million under the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

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Small business fund may be hit by banks' reluctance to get involved

A £1 billion scheme aimed at helping smaller firms gain access to growth finance could be hampered by the unwillingness of investment banks to join up.

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Pre-Budget Report 2009: business support

The Chancellor used the opportunity of the pre-Budget Report to commit the government to providing support for businesses during the economic recovery.

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Business support schemes to get 'new lease' in pre-Budget Report

It is expected that the Chancellor, Alistair Darling will use the pre-Budget Report to extend schemes designed to support businesses through the economic downturn.

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Innovation seeing small firms through the recession

Many small businesses have been able to negotiate the recession by creating new products and services, but still need support through tax cuts, a major new survey has claimed.

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Pre-Budget Report must 'support' business investment

The Chancellor should use the pre-Budget Report to provide firms with the sort of financial environment necessary for progressive investment.

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