Banks block £1bn small business lifeline

Investment banks irked by the Government’s attacks on City bonuses are
holding up a £1bn fund for small business, according
The Times

Gordon Brown unveiled plans at the Labour conference in September for a
National Investment Corporation to prop up small businesses struggling to obtain
lending from commercial banks.

It was meant to have £1bn of funds to invest in its growth fund, £200m of
which was to come from eight overseas investment banks operating in the City,
said to include Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Each was to have
contributed £25m.

But after leaks of the windfall tax on City bonuses began appearing in the
press before the PBR was announced, the banking giants reportedly shied away
from the arrangement.

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