Financing business

Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

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Business groups push for new SME voice in Government

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued for the formation of a new separate Government body to represent the UK's 4.5 million small businesses.

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Business groups endorse non-bank finance for small firms

The Government should be doing more to promote the alternative forms of finance available to smaller firms, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Additional £1 billion for business growth fund

The Government will pump an extra £1 billion into its Regional Growth Fund which aims to support businesses by boosting employment and economic growth, it has announced.

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UK economy holding back SMEs

The UK economy is preventing six out of ten small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from achieving their growth potential, new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated.

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New lenders join SME finance scheme

Four new accredited lenders will join the Government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme to offer loans to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs.

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More start-ups financing business from their own pockets

More small and medium sized enterprise (SME) owners are dipping into their personal savings to finance their businesses, research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed.

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Project Merlin: Banks fall short in lending to SMEs

Five major UK banks have failed to meet their 2011 lending targets to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as laid out in Project Merlin.

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More to be done for small firms, says business group

The Chancellor needs to step up proposals to help small businesses if they are to see a genuine change in growth, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Policy maker accuses banks of failing businesses

Dr Adam Posen, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, has lashed out at banks for not lending enough to small and medium-size enterprises, calling them 'reluctant risk adverse jerks'.

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