Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell is a business reporter for The Independent.

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Small Business Lending: £20bn of guarantees to increase supply of credit

A raft of measures aimed at getting money flowing to smaller companies lie at the heart of George Osborne's economic and political strategies.

End of an era as Mayhew steps down from Caz job

British banking marked the end of an era yesterday as JP Morgan Cazenove announced that David Mayhew, its chairman, was stepping down after more than four decades at the City's most illustrious broker.

Financial watchdog FSA to issue fewer fines for banks

Fines levied on companies by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are set to fall this year for the first time since the economic crisis began, its figures show.

FSA maintains hard line on City wrongdoing but total fines fall

The City watchdog says the lack of blockbuster fines this year does not mean it is going soft

Blacks set for cash call as sales melt away

Announcement triggers 11.4 per cent share price slump to new low of 3.88p

Andrew Tyrie: 'Just carrying on as we are isn't an option'

The Business Interview: The chairman of the Treasury Select Committee has brought vigour and increased public examination to the role

Banks accused of lying to stave off regulation

A member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee yesterday attacked Britain's banks for dishonesty and endangering economic recovery in their lobbying against regulatory change.

BofE's Jenkins accuses banks of lying to stave off reforms

A member of the Bank of England's new Financial Policy Committee (FPC) attacked British banks yesterday, accusing them of dishonesty and endangering the chances of economic recovery by lobbying against regulatory change.

Turmoil at Lloyds over 'interim' management

Lloyds Banking Group was thrown into further turmoil yesterday as the state-backed bank announced contingency plans to replace its absent chief executive, and one of his new recruits decided to remain at Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mortgage lending slide increases expectations that house prices will drop

Gross mortgage lending fell last month from September's two-year peak, adding to expectations that already stagnant house prices are likely to fall as the economy weakens.

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