Financing business

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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Government to set up regional growth fund

Plans have been announced to establish a growth fund worth £1 billion to support business and economic development in those English regions likely to be hit by public spending cuts.

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New CGT rate could make angel investment more expensive

The new capital gains tax system may run the risk of pushing up the cost of business angel investments, it has been claimed.

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Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

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