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Chancellor&#39s scheme will not impress SMEs- Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat small business spokesman Brian Cotter has hit out at Chancellor Gordon Brown&#39s latest scheme to encourage SMEs to access finance through a new US-style funding programme. Cotter says this scheme will not mask the problems faced by small businesses being &#39strangled&#39 by Labour red tape and changes to the tax system.

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