With economic signs in the UK having remained unclear for a number of years, business owners are keener than ever to hear good news, and it just might be finally arriving. There’s been talk of an economic recovery circulating for the past twelve months but most areas of industry have been reluctant to show the corresponding figures. Here, we take a look at what the climate looks like for SMEs operating in Britain today.
Lending is on the up
A recent piece in the BBC highlights the scale of the increase in lending which SMEs experienced earlier this year. The Bank of England has reported an increase of £238 million in lending to small and medium sized enterprises just in May and June. In June, the total figure for lending shot up to £170.4 billion. Just one year ago in the same period businesses saw a fall in lending of 3.3%. This is a clear indicator that things are looking good for SMEs.
Incentives in place
The concrete change in lending is no accident. The government has outlined clear plans to encourage lending to smaller businesses in the hope to revive the UK economy. In April of this year, the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) was extended, giving banks the chance to borrow from the Bank of England with attractive rates on the condition that the money was used to fund small businesses.
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The brand spanking new laptop you bought a year ago is probably showing its age by now. At the time it was cutting edge, but now you’ve installed Windows 8, lots of software and maybe the odd game and it seems slower than it was. But you’re on a budget, you can’t afford the latest netbook. Heck, you can’t even afford the high prices that the main manufacturers are charging for a memory upgrade. Don’t worry, there is a solution.
Buying Refurbished Laptop Components Online
Many businesses refresh their IT hardware regularly. The whole company will get new laptops, desktops and even servers. To minimise cost they will often sell their old stock. The bigger businesses have partnerships with specialist computer refurbishers. They will
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• Test every single part thoroughly
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Portability Vs Features
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