Posts By: Alec Shelbrooke

Barclays accused of misusing taxpayer-backed small business lending scheme

Barclays Bank has been accused of using a taxpayer-backed scheme – designed to get finance to budding entrepreneurs – to provide a safety net for its risky lending. The Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme underwrites 75% of loans to young businesses whose founders do not have enough assets to get traditional finance. But Barclays is… Read more »

Writing on the wall for Tesco protest – Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke has also thrown his weight behind the Tesco protest

MORE than 1,200 signatures have been gathered on a ‘pledge wall’ in Boston Spa objecting to proposals for a Tesco supermarket to be opened in the village. The Wetherby News revealed earlier this year plans to build a convenience store at the grade 11 listed Crown Hotel on the High Street. Now the Boston Spa… Read more »

Search for Wetherby digital hero by MP

Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke is calling for Wetherby community groups to enter a prestigious competition which helps recognise people who use technology to benefit their communities. The awards, which are now in their fifth year, have provided funding and support to 49 organisations across Britain, including various charities for children, young people, the homeless and… Read more »