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Small Firms’ Access to Finance improves in May

Small Firms’ Access to Finance improves in May

Access to bank finance is slowly improving for small businesses – with 7% more firms saying they found it easier to borrow in May than in April, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB), writes Kate Horstead. The FPB’s latest Economic Downturn Panel survey revealed that 12% of small firms said there was an improvement in access to finance in May, compared with only 5% in April. Although 18% of small firms also said bank support deteriorated in May, this was a decrease from April when 41% said this had got worse. According to FPB spokesman, Phil McCabe; “There is no doubt that the Government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee [EFG] scheme has made a difference to some firms that previously struggled to access finance in the downturn – applications for finan... »

Disability Discrimination Act – Access To Goods And Services

Making Access to Goods and Services Easier for Disabled Customers: A Practical Guide for Small Businesses and Other Service Providers Foreword by the Federation of Small Businesses “As the main organisation representing small businesses, we welcome this practical guide on making access to goods and services easier for disabled customers. Among our 160,000 members – covering all types of businesses – we know that there is an appreciation of the needs of disabled customers and a willingness to do what is practically achievable to improve both premises and service provision for all customers. This guide has been written specifically with small businesses and other small service providers in mind, and we are certain that you will find in it plenty of practical suggestions for... »