UK government extends FLS, pins hopes on alternative financiers

May 10, 2013 Simon Williams

Last summer, the Bank of England launched the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which offered financial institutions cheap credit for providing funding to businesses and households. While mortgage lending has reported some gains from the FLS,


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Will new Bank of England stimulus make a difference?

May 10, 2013 Simon Williams

When the Bank of England launched the Funding for Lending Scheme in June 2011, it hoped to boost the amount of available funding, particularly for consumers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).So far, that plan has failed, but that


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Alternative lending can help more SMEs survive, succeed

May 10, 2013 Simon Williams

Forget the rising gap between small and big businesses in the United Kingdom - a recent study revealed that there's hardly any middle ground left within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. "In every market and economic cycle,


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With bank lending showing no improvements, alternative measures becoming go-to for SMEs

May 07, 2013 Simon Williams

The United Kingdom has experienced an extremely slow recovery from the recession, at least partly because small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling mightily.While there are a number of contributing factors, banks' reluctance


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Alternative lending could be revenue booster for SMEs

May 07, 2013 Simon Williams

Alternative lending could be revenue booster for SMEs

The Bank of England seems to have in its mind that the best and only way to boost small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending is through financial institutions. What the organization appears to be missing, however, is how beneficial it


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