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Government lending package to support small businesses

14 Jan 09

The government has unveiled details of plans designed to provide SMEs with easier access to credit and to help with the cash flow problems afflicting many firms as the economic downturn deepens.

Businesses offered the chance to rearrange tax payments

13 Jan 09

How businesses that are experiencing difficulties can use the new Business Payment Support Scheme to delay their tax payments.

Late tax payments and the construction industry

13 Jan 09

How the new Business Payment Support Scheme affects sub-contractors in the construction industry.

Government may boost small business loan scheme

13 Jan 09

Ministers are thought to be debating the introduction of a £20 billion business loan guarantee scheme as a way of ensuring that firms have access to desperately needed financing and credit.

Economic decline now at 'unprecedented rate', says BCC

13 Jan 09

The UK economy is slowing down at a profoundly disturbing rate, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said after publishing the results of its latest quarterly survey