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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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Late payment pressure eases

The pressure placed on businesses by payments being made late is easing, according to research from global information services company Experian.

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Government launches business start-up and growth campaign

The Government has launched a campaign designed to help new businesses get off the ground and to stimulate growth in existing small businesses.

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Economy escalates businesses in critical financial distress

The number of businesses in critical financial distress rose by 24 per cent in 2011, according to a Red Flag Alert report.

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Winter weather could tip businesses into insolvency

A return of the severe winter weather seen last year could tip some businesses into insolvency, research from R3: The voice of business recovery, has found.

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Business finance Taskforce launched

Details of the business finance taskforce, designed to examine and tackle the challenges facing businesses in diversifying their finances, have been revealed.

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