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Top banks say they are on track to meet lending commitments, from the Guardian

Five banks that make up Project Merlin said they have lent £157.6bn to UK businesses in the first nine months of the year. Britain's banks say they are on track to meet lending targets set by the government under 'Project Merlin', but the figures were immediately disputed by s...
Posted on Nov 11, 2011 at 13:05

SMEs are ‘bearing brunt’ of downturn, from the Herald Scotland

THE number of failures among Scotland’s hard-pressed small businesses is likely to rise because of cash-flow problems and a shortage of orders, the sector’s influential lobby group warned yesterday. Colin Borland, head of external affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland, sa...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:16

Business bodies call for micro-business day, from Print Week

A number of business bodies have called for small businesses to be looked after, following new research into late payment. Be the first to comment A study by Experian found that the average late payment for all UK firms increased in the third quarter of 2011 to 26.13 days, an increase of almo...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:16

4m over 50’s will work past retirement age, says new survey by Peter Retirement Supermarket

A new survey commissioned by insurer LV= has shown that over four million over 50’s are set to work past the conventional retirement age. Of these, around 55% say they would work five years into retirement, with 20% expected to work well into their 80’s, according to the data. It also seems ...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:14

Slow growth will hit financial services employment, says Ernst & Young

Lacklustre economic growth in the UK will hit employment prospects in the financial services sector, according to Ernst & Young’s ITEM Club. In a report published today, the economic forecasting group says it predicts GDP growth of 0.9% this year and 1.5% next year. It says this weak ou...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:13
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