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Bank lending to SMEs via the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is on the up after the Government publicly named those failing to lend to small firms.

The former chief executive of the Bank of Scotland Sir Peter Burt has been named as the chair of a group that will advise the Government on its plans to create a business bank.

The chair of the Treasury Select Committee has vowed to thoroughly investigate the "unacceptable" mis-selling of interest rate hedging products to SMEs, saying businesses must be confident that it can never happen again.

Four major high street banks have been found guilty of "serious failings" in the selling of complex interest rate hedging products to thousands of SMEs in the latest scandal to hit the financial sector.

Small and medium-sized enterprises spend an average of 130 hours a year, the equivalent of around three weeks, chasing payments, according to new research.

Clintons Cards is the latest high street retailer facing collapse after its largest supplier confirmed it will force the greetings card chain into administration.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has launched a new China Desk in London to help firms in Europe do business with companies in China.

The five banks signed up to the Government's Project Merlin agreement missed their target for lending to SMEs in 2011.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is planning to axe 3,500 jobs in an attempt to downsize its investment bank.

New research shows many UK businesses are suffering higher than inflation increases in their core business costs. The research, carried out by Royal Bank of Scotland, has found over half of UK businesses have seen their fuel costs grow faster than the current five per cent CPI rate of inflation.

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Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.