Financing business

Incentives boost for start-up business investors

Angel investors are being urged to take advantage of tax breaks when investing in start-up companies after additional incentives were highlighted by tax officials.

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Business investment in plant, machinery and IT grows

There was a significant increase last year in the amount of finance provided to businesses for plant, machinery and IT investment, according to figures released by trade association the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

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Start-up loans scheme eligibility and investment expanded

The Government will invest an extra £30 million over the next three years in its start-up loans scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The scheme has also been extended to those aged 25 to 30.

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Government backs alternative business lenders with £55 million

Small and medium sized businesses and sole traders are to benefit from £55 million of Government funding being channelled through non-bank lenders.

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Skills and finance shortage may hamper Scottish renewable energy targets

The Scottish Government's ambitious renewable energy targets are at risk because of a skills and finance shortage in small businesses, an inquiry has found.

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Scottish angel investments increase by 26 per cent for start-ups

Early stage companies in Scotland have benefited from a 26 per cent increase in business angel investments in the first nine months of 2012, figures from Linc Scotland have revealed.

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SME confidence knocked in third quarter

Falling domestic and export orders and contracting production levels for SMEs in the three months to October knocked business confidence in the UK, a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

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Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Outlook for consumer lending picks up, but not for businesses

Consumer lending increased by £1.2 billion in September to a four year high, latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show.

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SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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