Financing business

Business bank needed to realise growth potential, says BCC

The Government should press ahead with the implementation of its business bank to support firms with the potential for growth, according to a leading business network.

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Government lending scheme boosts economy and creates jobs

More than 10,000 small and medium-sized businesses have accessed £1.04 billion worth of loans through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme, according to research by Durham Business School.

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New loan fund open for business in Northern Ireland

A new £5 million loan fund aimed at individuals, SMEs and micro-sized businesses in Northern Ireland has been announced by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

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Banking reform plans announced by Chancellor

UK banks will be forced to separate everyday high-street and retail banking operations from their investment arms under the Banking Reform Bill, announced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

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Banks mis-sold 90 per cent of products to small businesses, says FSA

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has confirmed that four major UK banks will start a full review into the mis-selling of products to small businesses, after it found that nine out of 10 sales did not meet regulatory requirements.

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Funding for lending scheme fails to boost lending to businesses

Lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by banks and building societies contracted in the three months to November 2012, despite Government efforts to boost business lending.

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Incentives boost for start-up business investors

Angel investors are being urged to take advantage of tax breaks when investing in start-up companies after additional incentives were highlighted by tax officials.

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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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