David Prosser

David Prosser is a former business editor of The Independent who now writes for a variety of publications, often focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship.

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Small Talk: Dearth of lending shows it is too early to take pressure off the high-street banks

Nor are small businesses getting much help from policymakers in dealing with the banking sector

Small Talk: Financial technology can rejuvenate Britain – and be a force for good

In the past few days alone, two fintech lending businesses, Seedrs and Iwoca, have raised close to £20m between them

George Osborne should intervene to get the bank referrals system going

Small Talk: They had a great idea to unblock credit... But an idea is what it remains

We need solutions urgently if small firms are to secure the funding they need to exploit the opportunities afforded by the UK’s economic recovery

An electric car recharging point: E-Car Club was funded by equity crowdsourcing

Small Talk: Equity crowdfunding has seen big success but it shouldn't be part of the Isa regime

Those involved in the deal aren’t saying exactly how much money has changed hands

Freelancers are attracted to the potential for a better work/life balance

Small Talk: Half the workforce could be freelance soon, but ministers haven't noticed

Could one in two people really be working for themselves within five years? That’s the prediction of PeoplePerHour, an online platform that matches people looking to get jobs done with freelancers capable of doing them. It says that on current trends, more than 50 per cent of working people will be doing at least some freelance work, even if some of them also have a day job.

Small Talk: London's junior market is nearly 20 years old – but it's been a bumpy road

The market may be attracting more investors, but they’re being more circumspect

The Hovding is worn as a loose fitting garment about the neck

Airbag for cyclists is 'safer than a helmet'

Small Business Person of the Week: Frederik Carling, CEO, Hovding

Small Talk: Failing to borrow for growth can be just as damaging as borrowing too much

We have reached a situation that is almost the opposite of conditions prevailing in the run-up to the credit crisis of 2007 and 2008

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