Finance Fred Heritage · 10 June 2016
Barclays announces 500m boost to Scotland’s small firms
The high street lender has announced plans for a new 500m fund to support small business owners in Scotland, following the launch of a similar 450m fund in the country by rival bank HSBC in April 2016. The intended fund will see Barclays double its commitments to give smaller firms in Scotland a boost, having previously invested 500m in a similar fund. The fund will play a key role in the bank’s expansion strategy in the country. In a statement, Barclays Scotland head of business and corporate banking Jamie Grant said: We believe we are equipped to help even more business owners realise their ambitions. we have a strong history of building relationships with many of the country’s leading companies while our global reach means we have the knowledge and expertise to help Scotland’s firms compete. Scotland’s economy minister Keith Brown welcomed the announcement, saying that access to further funding was critical for smaller firms and will help boost the economy. He added: This is positive news and will be a real boost for Scotland’s small businesses, which are the lifeblood of the economy. I hope many businesses can benefit from today’s announcement from Barclays. Scotland is already a great place to do business, but the Scottish government is determined to maintain a strongly competitive business environment and ensure the conditions are right for smaller firms to flourish. Figures released late last year revealed the extent to which entrepreneurship is thriving in Scotland. The number of companies operating north of the border reached an all-time high in 2015, with the fastest rate of growth experienced amongst small firms.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.