Bank of England ups incentives for increased SME lending

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The British government and the Bank of England (BoE) today unveiled an extension to a scheme aimed at increasing bank lending to the ‘real economy' in the UK – with specific measures to incentivise lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The scheme, which was due to expire next January, will now last until January 2015 and will offer preferential lending to a broader set of financial institutions than before.

To boost the incentive to lend to SMEs, the BoE will offer lenders £10 at

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