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SME lending under government scheme falls again

Lending to SMEs under the government's Funding for Lending scheme fell by £435 million in Q2 2014, according to the latest figures from the Bank of England.

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Equity and debt finance guide for SMEs

A free guide for small and medium-sized enterprises on debt and equity finance has been published by the British Business Bank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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SMEs reluctant to borrow

High growth small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to seek finance from banks to fund growth, a study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has found.

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UK manufacturing in funding boost

The government has committed an extra £100 million worth of funding to a scheme designed to boost UK manufacturing, the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

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Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Business Bank to support peer-to-peer lending

The British Business Bank will invest £40 million to support peer-to-peer lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

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SMEs struggling to access finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises are struggling to access the finance they need to start-up, operate and grow, according to a report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

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