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Stingy banks?

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 June 2010

Is Britain's economic recovery going to be stifled by banks not offering sufficient finance to small and medium size companies?

Firms are concerned that although the banks say they are open for business the reality of the terms, conditions and fees make it unrealistic for them to apply for finance.

In frustration, some businesses have turned to foreign banks to make finance available to them.

And at a time when hi-tech businesses are seen as a source of future growth for the British economy, companies complain that banks are assessing loan applications using traditional business criteria which offer little support to this sector.

As the part state owned banks fail to meet lending targets set by the previous administration, the new Business Secretary Vince Cable says he is determined to address this. But in the current climate how much more financial help can British business really expect?

For 'File on 4', Morland Sanders investigates.
Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane.

  • ARE BAILED-OUT BANKS FAILING SMALL BUSINESSES?

    ARE BAILED-OUT BANKS FAILING SMALL BUSINESSES?

    Read File on 4 reporter Morland Sanders' article for the BBC News website and watch our interview with factory owner, Harry Murray.

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  • READ THE PROGRAMME TRANSCRIPT

    READ THE PROGRAMME TRANSCRIPT

    Read the transcript of Morland Sanders' report for File on 4, investigating the shrinking support offered by bailed-out banks for small British companies.

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