Feeds

Coalition fails business on banks, says survey

Really?

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

British businesses have seen no changes in bank attitudes to lending to despite the Coalition's claims that it had brought the banks into line.

In February, "Project Merlin" promised to increase lending to smaller firms by £10bn to £76bn as part of a wider deal with the banks, but a survey by Hotfrog found three-quarters of firms had seen no change in attitudes.

Researchers spoke to 500 companies and found 75 per cent had seen no change in banks' attitudes to lending. Some 70 per cent of respondents said better access to funding would allow them to expand their businesses and hire more staff.

Around 41 per cent of business owners said they'd use their savings if they needed fast access to finance.

Project Merlin was signed up to by the main four High Street banks and Santander. It supposedly means that chief executives bonuses will be, in part at least, decided by how much they lend to smaller firms.

The deal also covered controlling growth in bonuses and compulsory investment in the "Big Society Bank".

The Bank of England is monitoring how the agreement is followed and is due to report shortly.

Regular readers might be suffering from deja vu: Lord Myners promised more lending to small firms back in 2008 when the multi-billion pound bank bailout was first announced. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.