Project Merlin has proved to be less than magical for SME finance. So what other options are available to businesses?
Broadband and telephony services provider KC has backed a £600,000 investment fund for digital and technology sector businesses and entrepreneurs in Hull and East Yorkshire.
The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest has created a fund to help small and medium-sized businesses directly affected by the England riots.
The five major UK banks have lent £37.3 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the first half of this year, less than half of the agreed £76 billion target under Project Merlin.
Joe McGrath, editor of GrowthBusiness sister title What Investment, looks at the months ahead in investment and what's in store for Italy.
Bank of England governor Mervyn King has admitted that small companies are ‘suffering’ because of the squeeze on bank lending but he says fixing the problem is a matter for the government, not the central bank.
Looking at developing an iPad app or in-house CRM software? Then R&D tax credits may well become a valuable funding source for innovative start-ups and high-growth businesses.
Investor network London Business Angels has participated in funding rounds for Suffolk-based Scour Prevention Systems and medtech company CamStent.
Hollyport Capital has announced the final close of a third private equity fund, Hollyport Secondary Opportunities III, for £30 million, attracting three-times more investors than its last fund.
The number of insolvent businesses being acquired in the UK fell in the first half of 2011, according to new research.
There is no point waiting for an exit opportunity to merely arise. We report on why boosting your business’s profile prior to an exit will help reap the rewards.
The UK remains the favourite destination for venture capital investment in Europe despite experiencing a sharp decline in deal activity in the first half of 2011, research finds.
Online car marketplace FinanceAcar has closed a venture funding round led by private equity firm Anthemis Group and several angel investors.
HSBC has declared that it is 'on track' to meet its Project Merlin small business lending targets, despite reporting a lower demand for credit.
More than 490 businesses have applied for government grants and investment as part of a second round of funding from the £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s long-promised Big Society Bank has launched today under a new name and is to be initially chaired by UK venture capital pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen.
European venture capital funds have produced better or as consistent returns compared with their US counterparts in the past two years, research finds.
VCTs have more than £800 million at their disposal. GrowthBusiness reports on how businesses can make the most of this opportunity and what VCT managers are looking for in an investment.
The UK economy grew by a mere 0.2 per cent in the second quarter of the year – a result Chancellor George Osborne has described as ‘positive news’.
UK turnaround fund Endless has closed its third fund at £220 million just ten weeks after starting its fundraising.
David Barker reflects on resisting the temptation to say 'Yes' to the first offer when he opened his data centre, and how choosing instead to diversify his client base at launch has enabled 4D Data Centres to maintain rapid growth in a recession.
Bob Mecrate-Butcher, partner at Charles Russell, looks at how corporate leaks can first be prevented and then plugged when they do occur.
That a team of 13 could build a business worth $1 billion should be the inspiration that all entrepreneurs need.
New research from GrowthBusiness shows that the number of UK cash shells is climbing. We speak to new entrants to the market and those that have recently closed deals to find out what’s driving shells’ increasing popularity.