Editor's picks: Small is beautiful

With big business suffering, what will get small business moving again? Plus, one free article from the KGB.

After weeks where corporates dominated the headlines, the Spectators have been taking a closer look at what is facing the small business sector. The economy appears to be roaring out of the doldrums, with confidence up and GDP surprising on the upside. But with big job losses yet to filter through and the impact of the closure of the motor industry still a few years away, getting the engine of the economy, small business, going is critical.

What role are the banks playing in helping small business along? The banks themselves say that they'd love to lend money but businesses are just not borrowing.

Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that maybe the banks are playing it too safe.

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