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The rate of growth is moderate, and it is clear that steady progress will only continue if Government does everything it can to create an environment that small businesses can thrive in. Read the comment.
Telling small businesses they need to open a business current account before they can take out a loan is clearly unacceptable. Now the CMA has brought this unfair practice to light, the FSB wants to see those banks responsible act quickly to make sure it doesn't happen again. Read the comment.
We comment on a new report by the RSA City Growth Commission which calls for improved broadband and transport infrastructure Read the comment.
In this Weekly Brief: We react to unemployment and inflation figures, comment on EU regulation and call for it to be easier for small firms to switch banks.
We welcome Government setting out options to include peer-to-peer (P2P) loans in ISAs. Encouraging investment by peer to peer investors through the tax relief afforded by the ISA wrapper will give a boost to alternative finance channels. This increases choice in the market and provides competition to the banks. Read the comment.