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Minister urges smaller businesses to enquire about government loans

SMEs that are struggling to secure finance from the banks should look at the possibility of using the government’s loans scheme.

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'Inconsistent' lending policies hampering small business borrowing

Small firms are failing to secure finance because banks are not being consistent in their lending policies.

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Business lending sees record drop

Many firms are still experiencing the effects of the credit crunch, with business lending suffering its biggest drop in nine years.

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Businesses asked for their views on access to finance

The government wants to hear from SMEs about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to securing growth capital.

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Interest rate fall to hit short-term fixed-rate bonds

Savers who have been enjoying generous fixed-rate bonds could soon be facing big reductions in the level of their returns.

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Publicly funded small business scheme under review

The government has set up a review to examine whether a publicly backed venture capital fund is needed to help small, high growth firms with their financing.

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Government small business lending scheme wins support

The government’s main scheme for encouraging the banks to lend to SMEs during the recession has gained the backing of business groups.

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Business lending still in a trough

Lending to both large and small firms remains weak, the Bank of England has said.

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Businesses should 'persist' in chasing funding

Businesses are being advised not to take refusals of help with funding from banks as the final word on the matter.

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Long term savings accounts offer improved rates

Savers might have to be willing to tie their money into long term deals in order to enjoy reasonable returns on their investments.

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