Financing business

Business investment in plant, machinery and IT grows

There was a significant increase last year in the amount of finance provided to businesses for plant, machinery and IT investment, according to figures released by trade association the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

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Start-up loans scheme eligibility and investment expanded

The Government will invest an extra £30 million over the next three years in its start-up loans scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The scheme has also been extended to those aged 25 to 30.

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Government backs alternative business lenders with £55 million

Small and medium sized businesses and sole traders are to benefit from £55 million of Government funding being channelled through non-bank lenders.

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Skills and finance shortage may hamper Scottish renewable energy targets

The Scottish Government's ambitious renewable energy targets are at risk because of a skills and finance shortage in small businesses, an inquiry has found.

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Scottish angel investments increase by 26 per cent for start-ups

Early stage companies in Scotland have benefited from a 26 per cent increase in business angel investments in the first nine months of 2012, figures from Linc Scotland have revealed.

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SME confidence knocked in third quarter

Falling domestic and export orders and contracting production levels for SMEs in the three months to October knocked business confidence in the UK, a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

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Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Outlook for consumer lending picks up, but not for businesses

Consumer lending increased by £1.2 billion in September to a four year high, latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show.

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SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

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