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Thumbs out: Banks including Santander are increasing EFG lending

Naming and shaming of banks leads to ‘significant improvement’ in Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme lending

Lending to small and medium-sized businesses through the government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee has risen by £20.1 million over the last quarter of 2012/13.

Investor interest: Start-ups will pitch to venture capitalists as part of the process

Boris Johnson-endorsed start-up competition launched by Salesforce.com and three prominent venture capital firms

Salesforce.com is teaming up with three UK venture capital firms to create a competition for European start-ups creating enterprise cloud apps on the company's platform.

Entrepreneurs are not up to scratch with details, and also don't know the basics

EIS and SEIS failing on awareness and eligibility fronts

The Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme are failing to register on the radar of UK entrepreneurs, despite having been around since 1994 and 2012 respectively.

Businesses set to benefit from government rethink of share buy-back system 

Companies with employee ownership will welcome deregulatory changes.

Shares: The coalition is hoping to mirror what John Lewis has done with its staff

Entrepreneurs reject business bank and shares for rights and call for national insurance cuts

The government's business bank and employee ownership initiative are not the way forward, says a survey of 300 UK entrepreneurs.

Mervyn King: The Bank of England governor is stepping down in July

Funding for Lending extended and ‘heavily skewed’ towards SMEs

The government's flagship business finance initiative, the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), has been extended until January 2015 and has been given a small business incentive.

High growth SMEs: Unsurprisingly, London has the highest proportion

High growth companies in the UK rise by 10 per cent, says Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund has identified 4,353 medium-sized enterprises which it says are showing 'high levels' of growth.

Founding member: Russ Shaw has held roles at Skype and Telefonica

Russ Shaw’s Tech London Advocates founded with Saul Klein and Sherry Coutu

Technology heavyweights including Sherry Coutu, Saul Klein and Julie Meyer are coming together to form Tech London Advocates with the aim of strengthening London's tech and digital business hub.

Gulf business: Boris Johnson would like more firms to expand to the Middle East

Boris Johnson and Joanna Shields use Dubai trip to cement tie between technology clusters

London mayor Boris Johnson has used a visit to Dubai to forge a closer relationship between the two cities' technology sectors.

Business aid: Michael Fallon (left) at a recent visit to Nissan in Sunderland

Government’s red tape effort leads to creation of new fund for business and regulation collaboration

National regulators can now bid for sums of up to £20,000 to initiate 'business-friendly' enforcement of regulation.

Music scene: Red Bull already has exposure to Formula 1 and television

Red Bull Amplifier accelerator targets start-ups in the music space

Energy drinks brand Red Bull has launched a business accelerator aimed at cultivating innovative music-orientated start-ups.

New tact: It's hoped the business bank will make access to capital easier for SMEs

First stage of Vince Cable’s business bank kicked off with initial £1 billion kitty

Business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled the first phase of the government's new business bank, its latest initiative to encourage lending to SMEs.

All change: Mark Florman (pictured) took over from Simon Walker in January 2011

Further shake-up at the BVCA as Mark Florman relinquishes chief executive post

A week after Simon Clark was appointed as chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, chief executive Mark Florman has resigned to take up a different position.

On the dotted line: Contracts are exchanging more and more in the private sector

UK M&A in private sector surges to near pre-recession levels

Private company mergers and acquisitions in the UK has risen by 50 per cent in terms of value, new figures show.

Red tape: Also changed is the age kids can buy christmas crackers, from 16 to 12

Government declares 'freedom day' for SMEs as it cuts red tape

As part of the government's Red Tape Challenge, a number of regulations are set to be changed or scrapped.

On the up: Activity grew at the fastest rate since the Olympics-related upturn

UK services sector posts encouraging start-of-the-year figures

Incoming new work has contributed to the fastest growth seen in the UK services sector for over half a year, new figures show.

Corporate venturing: Shell hopes to back some complementary technologies

Shell sets aside ‘several hundred million dollars’ for European and American technology investments

Global oil and gas company Shell is banking on emerging technology by setting aside significant funds for investment.

Vince Cable joins Rekha Mehr at her Fortnum and Mason concession

Government unveils its entrepreneurs in residence to advise on SME issues

Rekha Mehr and Lawrence Tomlinson are set to become entrepreneurs in residence for the government and provide advice to business secretary Vince Cable.

Renewable energy: The Welsh wind farm set up has received a boost

UK Green Investment Bank makes equity play in the wind market

A first direct equity investment in offshore wind has seen the UK Green Investment Bank back Rhyl Flats Wind Farm.

SME lending: It is hoped that Cable's creation will leverage private finance as well

Vince Cable's business bank to begin operations in April as part of staged development

The government has provided more details on its business bank and revealed that it will begin investing in April.

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