YOUNG COMPANIES STRUGGLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO FINANCE
January 4 2013.



- Lending to firms fell by £2.8bn in November 2012, the largest monthly decline since February 2012

- Net lending to business contracted by £17.1bn in the year to November 2012


Commenting on the latest lending data published today by the Bank of England, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "The latest figures reveal that lending to UK businesses has declined at the fastest rate for almost a year. Although these figures partly reflect the continued uncertainty in the outlook for the UK economy, they also confirm that businesses are still unable to secure credit, particularly young, fast-growing SMEs.

"Businesses want to grow, but continue to struggle to gain the finance they need. The government should therefore turn their rhetoric on the Business Bank into reality, to help viable and fast-growing companies get access to capital."