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Finance is key to the survival and growth of any business. Small businesses are the life-blood of the UK economy, and we are delighted to be working with Barclays to offer much-needed advice to those that do so much to help the economy.
—Andrew Leck, head of UK, ACCA

ACCA and Barclays join forces to help small businesses

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and Barclays have joined forces to launch a new website offering free, impartial financial advice to small businesses across the UK. 

Faced with continuing economic uncertainty, small businesses may be unsure about who to turn to for advice on securing finance for their business. 

This new website explains the different types of finance available, what to consider when choosing which one is right for your business, and how to make the loan application. This is all backed up by examples of business plans and model cash-flows to ensure businesses are fully equipped to apply for a business loan.

Andrew Leck, head of ACCA UK said: 'Finance is key to the survival and growth of any business. Small businesses are the life-blood of the UK economy, and we are delighted to be working with Barclays to offer much-needed advice to those that do so much to help the economy.'

Sue Hayes, Product & Marketing Director, Barclays Business and Personal Banking Solutions said: 'Barclays is very much open for business – in fact, we’re still agreeing four out of five business lending applications, a figure little different to before the recession, but we believe more needs to be done to support businesses and restore confidence. Our partnership with ACCA is another great step forward in achieving this. It’s when we all work together – banks and organisations like ACCA and its members – that we can really achieve great things to help British business.'

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For more information, please contact:

Ray Allger, ACCA UK newsroom
+ 44 (0)20 7059 5788
+44 (0) 7540 919 819
ray.allger@accaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

  1. Visit the new website via the 'Related Links' section to the left of this article.
  2. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 
  3. We support our 147,000 members and 424,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
  4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.