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Fintech funding key to keeping SMEs strong after end of loans

ONE OF Europe’s largest business lenders says the fintech industry must be strengthened to support SMEs after the Bounce Back Loan scheme closes at...
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor

Mixed but generally positive responses to Sunak’s news of revised support package

By HAL WILLIAMS THE UK government’s new package of measures to support businesses through to March 2021 has met with differing responses from the business...
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A nation of shopkeepers? Entrepreneurs, more like!

ENTREPRENEURIAL Britain is a two-day initiative planned for 2021 and designed “to reignite the entrepreneurial spirit” of UK towns and cities. The outbreak of Covid-19...
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Big ideas to nurture little UK businesses

IT’S SMALL Business Advice Week, a time for SMEs to consult with advisers about the best direction for their business journey. The British Business Bank...
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor

Second helping of aid for the UK’s self-employed

SELF-EMPLOYED people whose income has been hit by coronavirus can apply for a second support grant from the UK government. The first was launched in...
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Covid-19 loan schemes ‘a debt, not a grant’ cautions UK Finance

UK BUSINESSES are pessimistic about their growth potential once the COVID-19 crisis passes. A survey of 1,200 firms has found that the pandemic has negatively...
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor

Latest UK government scheme adds ‘bounce’ for businesses

CHRISTINA NAWROCKI explains the most recent UK initiative to support small businesses left floundering by the pandemic UK CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak recently...
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King’s Business School co-ordinates study for embattled entrepreneurs

KING’S Business School in London is calling on entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in a study to help business owners survive the COVID-19 crisis. With livelihoods...
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British SMEs head online to cope with effects of COVID lockdown — and find...

SMALL UK businesses are moving the bulk of their services online as the sector takes tentative steps towards recovery. Small Business Britain and BT Skills...
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Employers welcome UK government decision to extend furlough scheme

By Hal Williams A DECISION to extend the British government’s furlough programme has been met with relief by UK employers. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi...