Financing business

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Budget 2014: responses

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2014 Budget statement on 19 March 2014. Here is a round-up of reaction from industry bodies.

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.

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.

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.

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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