Financing business

Chancellor urges banks to up business lending

The Chancellor, George Osborne has called on the UK’s banks to improve the level of access that smaller firms have to finance.

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Banks to investigate small business lending

It has been proposed that UK banks will carry out a study of the levels of lending to smaller firms in an effort to improve business credit.

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Business credit still tight despite drop in loan refusal rate

Some businesses are continuing to find it difficult to access credit from their banks, a new survey has indicated.

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Prompt public sector payments should be shared with all suppliers

A public sector commitment to settle invoices within 10 days is not finding its way down to smaller firms who operate as part of a supplier chain, a leading business group has claimed.

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Sharp decline in small business lending

UK banks offered small firms just £900 million in extra loans last year, new statistics have revealed.

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Drop in lending by government business loan scheme

A business lending scheme backed by the government to ensure that viable small firms have access to finance has seen a marked fall in the number of loans it provides.

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Hopes that small business lending forum may get reprieve

There are hopes that a business lending forum set up by the last government may survive the current administration in some form.

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Business investment showing signs of recovery

UK business investment rose at its fastest rate in over two decades during the first three months of the year, according to official figures.

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