Financing business

Less use than expected made of financial support schemes

The government’s raft of business financial support programmes, introduced in the depths of the recession, was used by fewer firms than predicted.

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Budget 2010: business support

It was always likely that the Chancellor would devote a proportion of the Budget to outlining government plans for stimulating business growth and development as the economic recovery begins.

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Firms look to marketing to drive business

Increasing numbers of smaller businesses are boosting their sales and marketing efforts in order to speed recovery in the aftermath of the recession, a new study has found.

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Business group contests banks’ view on lending

A leading business organisation has questioned claims by the banks that business lending is in a healthy state.

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Small firms need alternative sources of finance

Sources of funding, other than those provided by the banks, may be the solution to the squeeze on credit affecting many small firms, a leading business group has argued.

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Banks still reluctant to lend

Banks that have received bail-out support from the government are still unwilling to lend money to businesses, a House of Commons committee has claimed.

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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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Raising finance

If you are thinking of expanding your business, or starting a new one, you will need to raise finance. This requires careful planning and good professional advice.

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Financial accounting

Maintaining an accurate, up-to-date record of a firm's finances is essential to its operations and its success.

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