A Retiring Glance At Trade – Past, Present And Future
As my tenure at UK Trade & Investment draws to a close, it’s time for a little reflection…
3 June 2010
Vince Cable will give more details of the government's plans to help UK businesses grow when he makes his first major speech on Thursday.
The business secretary is expected to outline tough proposals to get banks to increase their lending to small and medium-sized companies.
He is also due to give more details of the coalition government's aim to reduce business regulation.
It has said it will review all new rules planned by the former government.
The business department claimed that the cost of implementing all regulation in the pipeline would be £5bn in this financial year and £19bn after that.
"We must move away from the view that the only way to solve problems is to regulate," Mr Cable said on Wednesday.
Mr Cable said the review of regulation was one measure to encourage economic growth.
"There are all sorts of ways we can act without sloshing around government money," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
He said it was also crucial that banks, especially those who have received taxpayer support, lend to businesses to support the economic recovery.
Mr Cable said that part of his new job would be, along with Chancellor George Osborne, talking to the banks "to make absolutely sure that they do what they have been funded to do".
He is also expected to use his speech to reiterate the government's plan to bring private capital into the Royal Mail.