Financing business

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.

Funding boost for innovative small businesses

A fund to support investment in small and innovative businesses will receive a £25 million boost from the Government, the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

Payday lenders face tougher rules

There will be 'tougher requirements' for payday lenders and 'stronger protection' for consumers when the Financial Conduct Authority takes over regulation of the consumer credit industry in April 2014.

Government pledges extra financial support for entrepreneurs

UK entrepreneurs are to benefit from an additional £69 million of Government funding to help start-up and grow small businesses, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

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