UK SMEs anticipating interest rate hike in next six months
21st April 2015 | NewsMore than two-thirds (67 per cent) of UK SMEs admit they are concerned about the prospect of an increase to interest rates in the next six months.
That’s according to the most recent Business in Britain report, conducted by Lloyds Bank.
The survey indicates that overall business confidence across the UK has fallen from record-high levels last July to 43 per cent amid fears of the global long-term economic recovery.
Tim Hinton, of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Interest rate uncertainty is a clear concern for businesses, with the possibility that rates may start to rise in small steps before the end of 2015 and in 2016.
“Businesses should consider how a rise in rates might affect their long-term plans, ensuring they are prepared for potential impact on their cash flow or their customers and suppliers.”
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