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'Business confidence up' in Wales - but will it last?

Small businesses across Wales are feeling more confident, with plans to invest more in the coming year - according to the organisation representing them.

But with fewer of us shopping on the high street and businesses finding it difficult to get the loans that they need to invest, Megan Boot has been finding out if this confidence is built to last.


Confidence among small Welsh businesses grows

Confidence among small businesses in Wales is continuing to rise, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

The survey also showed that small businesses in Wales saw turnover rise for the first time since the third quarter of 2010.

This comes despite shopping numbers in August in Wales being 2.7 per cent lower than a year ago.

However, this could be down to an exceptional month last year as a result of the London 2012 Games.

Small businesses 'bypassing banks' in favour of alternative funding

Many small businesses in Wales say they are bypassing banks in favour of alternative sources of funding.

Some businesses say they're forced to be more creative in their borrowing because they're not being offered good terms by the banks, or they're reluctant to lend.

But the Federation of Small Businesses warns that lending must be properly regulated.