The Great Debate UK

The budget must help SMEs to survive and grow


Bobby Lane 4By Bobby Lane, Partner at Shelley Stock Hutter LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.

Everyone in my practice, and no doubt anyone advising the five million UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), welcomed the Prime Minister’s latest show of support for them at the recent Conservative Party conference.

Yet this “power to SMEs” speech is something we have heard from politicians on all sides of the house in the past. In 2009 when discussing the pre-budget report, Alistair Darling talked about providing “real help when businesses need it most” and “better access to credit”. We are now in 2011, and my clients will confirm they are still waiting.

Declaring war on the “enemies of enterprise” and being on the side of “go-getters” may be rousing rhetoric from our current government. However, my concern is that we have heard it all before and the time for talking has long passed.

Entrepreneurs needed if the UK is going to make up the deficit



-Joe White is managing director of The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as UK Chancellor George Osborne makes an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

The first Tory budget is a critical one. The Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne have been dropping hints for weeks about a big slash in public sector spending in an effort to try and prepare Whitehall for the worst, and to rally the private sector to step in and fill the deficit.

from UK News:

Late payments send small businesses to the wall

By clamping down on credit, Britain's newly cautious banks are making collapse almost inevitable for many small to medium enterprise (SMEs) who need a financial cushion now, more than ever, as suppliers and customers struggle to pay bills as the economic downturn bites.

Small businesses in Britain, which employ over half of the private sector workforce and annually generate some 3 trillion pounds, typically depend on loans for working capital to tide them over during lean spells.