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Dr Steve Walker, ART Business Loans' Chief Executive

CATCHY INITIALS – BUT WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Whatever sector you work in there is likely to be a bewildering list of initials that are used and probably only understood by…

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Dr Steve Walker

NEW PORTAL IS GOOD NEWS FOR BUSINESSES

Having had some input into the creation of the new access to finance portal backed by Birmingham’s professional services organisation, BPS Birmingham, and…

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Sir Adrian Cadbury

NEW YEAR’S HONOUR FOR ART FOUNDER

Sir Adrian Cadbury, ART President and founding Chairman (1997 – 2004), has been made a member of the Order of the Companion of…

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Pat Conaty

PAT CONATY – A CDFI HERO

It was great to see Pat Conaty, one of the founders of the Community Development Finance movement in the UK, and Aston Reinvestment…

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Dr Steve Walker

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

I was delighted to attend, and indeed speak at, a number of well supported local events last week during the annual entrepreneurship ‘fest’.…

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Dr Steve Walker

LOCAL BANKING IS ON ITS WAY BACK – OR IS IT?

What a strange few weeks we have had, with the emergence of a couple of old names to herald what we are told…

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Dr Steve Walker

WHERE CAN SMALL BUSINESSES GET EXPERT ADVICE?

A few years ago a politician’s favourite catch phrase for his incoming government was ‘Education, Education, Education’.  I would have to agree that…

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Dr Steve Walker

‘MIND THE FINANCE GAP’ – WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO FILL IT

With access to finance for small businesses remaining a hot topic, it is good to see the publication of a bank-supported, comprehensive, study…

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Dr Steve Walker

DO GRANTS REALLY HELP SMALL BUSINESSES?

Some 15 years ago grants were to the forefront of all economic development programmes, especially to support business start ups. That position changed…

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Dr Steve Walker

WHO NEEDS WONGA?

I have to express my real concern from what I am hearing in meetings lately that small business owners seeking loans could be…

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