SME lending


George Osborne and Vince Cable lift lid on possible new referral system for failed SME finance requests

Chancellor George Osborne has used his appearance at the Federation of Small Businesses 40th anniversary conference to announce a consolation on helping companies which have failed to secure a loan.


Funding Circle and Zopa revealed as peer-to-peer lenders receiving portion of Business Finance Partnership cash

Peer-to-peer lending platforms Zopa and Funding Circle are set to receive a share of government capital aimed at stimulating lending to small businesses.


Business Bank could be eclipsed by pension funds for finance support

Director pension funds could unlock more than ten times the amount of funding support for small and medium-sized enterprises as the new Business Bank, claims an industry specialist.


Project Merlin – A missed opportunity

Project Merlin has failed to deliver the lending promises set out in February last year, leaving SMEs with no solution to finance problems.


Big five banks fail in Project Merlin pledge

Lending to small and medium-sized businesses under the Project Merlin scheme has fallen short of its £76 billion target, new statistics show.

Alternative Finance for Business

SME finance: There must be another way…

Project Merlin has proved to be less than magical for SME finance. So what other options are available to businesses?

Alternative Finance for Business

Will government SME loans work?

The first small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are starting to reap the benefits of the government' £20 billion loan guarantee scheme, announced last month by Peter Mandelson.