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Drop in credit requests by small businesses

Loan applications from smaller firms showed a decline in the first three months of the year.

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Budget 2011: generating growth

Last year the spending cuts and the tax rises; this year renewal and recovery. That had long been the message offered by the Government in the approach to its second Budget, and the Chancellor, George Osborne was quick to assert the positive outlook of his statement.

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Use Budget to support private lenders, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) wants the Chancellor to use the Budget to boost incentives for private lenders to businesses.

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Cost of business loans on the increase

The availability of finance for small firms has improved over the past two months, but that has been paralleled by an increase in the cost of credit, a new report has revealed.

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Budget may include steps to boost private investment

The upcoming Budget may offer plans to deal with the shortfall in private investment for smaller enterprises.

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Action needed in Budget to boost business

The Chancellor must deliver a Budget aimed at job creation if the Government’s plans for a private sector-led recovery are not to founder, a leading business group has said.

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Questions still to be answered on bank lending

The commitment by the major banks, announced as part of the Project Merlin deal struck with the Government, to increase lending to smaller firms has been broadly welcomed, but questions remain, insist small business organisations.

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