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With most small businesses suffering from poor performance since the start of the recession, a new report suggests that up to 65% of SMEs are penalised by financial organisations as a result.
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New research shows that the UK is near the bottom of the league in terms of lending to businesses since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
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A survey of 450 business owners suggests that two thirds of small enterprises did not even attempt to secure finance from external sources last year, instead relying on their own savings to get through tough times.
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New figures released by the Bank of England show the big banks are missing the small business lending targets they agreed with the Government under “Project Merlin”.
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The availability of bank loans for businesses is a hot topic at all stages of the economic cycle. During downturns, lending can become tightened, while boom times see some businesses take on huge debts in their quest for rapid growth.
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A member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is so concerned small businesses are not receiving the loans they need that he is calling for the Government to step in.
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Talks between the Treasury and the major UK lenders have broken down, as the sides fail to agree on the scale of small business lending in 2011 as well as bonus payments and transparency.
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Despite the daily media coverage of the ‘credit crunch’, new data suggests that the major high street banks are still lending to small businesses. In fact, term lending actually grew by 11% in the year to June 2008.
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