Financing business

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.

SME access to finance still an issue

Net lending under the Funding for Lending Scheme was three times higher in the third quarter of this year than it was in the second, the latest data from the Bank of England has shown.

European SMEs on course for recovery

Small and medium-sized enterprises in the European Union appear to have turned an economic corner in 2013, according to a report from the European Commission.

Crowdfunding guidance for small firms

Guidance about how small firms and start-ups can access finance through crowdfunding has been published as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which ran from 18-24 November.

European SMEs still struggling to get finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises across the EU are still struggling to secure the financing they need, according to a survey carried out by the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

Business Bank investment funding launched

The first round of funding for the investment arm of the Government's Business Bank, designed to stimulate the flow of finance to small businesses, has been announced by the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Business lending at highest level since 2009

Net lending to UK businesses rose by £2.5 billion in the month to September - the biggest monthly rise in lending since January 2009 - figures from the British Banking Association (BBA) have shown.

£20m EU funding boost for Scottish businesses

Scotland is to invest £60 million into businesses supporting economic growth and employment bolstered by EU funding, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

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