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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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Bank of England injects a further £50 billion into UK economy

The Bank of England has decided to extend its quantitative easing (QE) programme by a further £50 billion.

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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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Modern customers 'expect' digital interaction with companies, says research

The modern social customer now 'expects' to digitally engage with companies, according to new research published today by First Direct and social media consultancy ItsOpen.

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Consumer confidence on the up

Consumer confidence in the UK rose in January, according to the Consumer Confidence Index Score from GfK NOP.

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Every business 'needs to go digital' as internet economy will double by 2016

Every business needs to 'go digital' to capitalise on the dramatic growth predicted in the internet economy, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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UK economic growth shrinks by 0.2%

UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 0.2 per cent in the last quarter of 2011, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

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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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Car insurance premiums up 15% in a year

Car insurance premiums increased by more than 15 per cent over 2011, the latest figures from the AA have revealed.

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