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27 September 2010 :: 10:09:39 am 40742

Furious Businessman Bricks Up Bank After Loan Refusal

An angry business man bricked up the entrance to his branch of the Barclays bank after being fobbed of when applying for a business loan, then asked to pay an extortionate amount for an arrangement fee.
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UK, 27th September 2010: Cameron Hope aged 59, a property developer, bricked up the entrance to his bank after being turned down for a business loan for a new development and told to return next year. He then tried to borrow money against a property he already owned, but the bank wanted a £7,000 arrangement fee. Mr. Hope who was joined by other protesting local business owners who said they too have had trouble getting money from the banks in order to run their companies, used breeze blocks to build an 8ft by 4ft wall directly in front of the entrance to the bank.

The protesters waved placards and banners saying ‘Robbed by the banks we own’ and ‘make the banks lend’ in front of the Barclays Bank in Bournemouth, Dorset. Passing public voiced their support along with motorists who sounded their horns.

Mr. Hope, a father of four from Bournemouth said, “We blocked the doorway as a way of saying the banks are open, but the safe is shut. The banks are stifling the recovery from the recession by not lending businesses any money. It is outrageous and they are doing it because they can get away with it.

Savers are getting nothing, borrowers are getting nothing and the banks are doing whatever they like. Some of the banks are even owned by the taxpayers and still they won’t lend. The recovery will come from the private sector and if businesses can’t borrow money then the recovery won’t happen. This protest is saying enough is enough and the government needs to step in and make the banks lend.”

The protesters removed the brick wall two hours into the protest after police threatened them with arrest. Small companies are struggling to survive without vital money, with approximately 500 collapsing every week. New figures released last week from the Bank of England showed that lending to small firms is still in crisis and they are repaying billions more than they are advanced. Despite this, the banks are surging back to prosperity after the credit crunch and handing out millions in bonuses to their staff.

New figures show that lending to small firms have fallen for the fifth month in succession, making the situation worse than it was six months ago when banks were handing out £300 million more in loans than was being repaid.

The Business Secretary has read the riot act to the banks warning of a ‘potential train crash ahead’, while Deputy PM Nick Clegg insists the coalition is working ‘flat out’ to get banks lending to small businesses who he described as the ‘life blood of our economy’.

Reggie Colbeck

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