Project Merlin

Why the Issue of Access to Finance Requires a More Sophisticated Solution that Banker-Bashing

Ian Mason | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Politics
Ian Mason

If you ask any small business to list the issues that most affect its daily activity, you would get very short odds on at least part of the answer being access to finance. Over the last five years, banks have been vilified both for lending too frivolously and too modestly - quite an achievement, even for a banker.

Bank Closures: Branch Sharing Could Provide a Solution

Phil McCabe | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics
Phil McCabe

Targets or no targets, the government's Project Merlin scheme designed to get the banks to significantly boost lending to small businesses has fallen short of achieving its aims.

UK Banks Miss Project Merlin Lending Targets

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK

Lending by Britain's top five banks shrank every quarter last year, official figures revealed today, in an embarrassing blow to the Chancellor's Proje...

Project Merlin Misses Small Business Lending Target By £1bn

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK

Project Merlin, a government-brokered deal to free up bank lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, has missed its targets for...

UK Should Seize Opportunity to Become Global Leader in Social Investment

Dr Rupert Evenett | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK
Dr Rupert Evenett

It's accepted that a key obstacle for growth is the banks' unwillingness to lend to SMEs. But not even getting the same attention as SMEs in the debat...

What Does Osborne's 'Credit-Easing' Really Mean?

Matthew West | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Politics
Matthew West

It seems to me to be one very large gamble and I'm not entirely sure it will work. In fact, I fear it will simply mean that most people in Britain will end up paying more for poorer quality public services that have been channelled toward the private sector, all through the back door.

What Is Credit Easing And Will It Work?

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK

Chancellor George Osborne’s promise to further help small businesses through a programme of “credit easing”, in another attempt to free up bank ...