“The increase of the tax threshold for SMEs announced today provides a much needed boost to more than half a million SMEs right across the country. SMEs continue to be the driver of economic growth, but at a time when the economy faces significant threats, anything that can be done to provide added relief to small businesses is a welcome shot in the arm. With the majority of Aldermore’s SME customers based outside London and the South East, where local economies vary significantly compared with the national picture, this is particularly welcome.” On the announcement that small businesses rejected for finance by high-street banks will be pointed towards alternative lenders, D’Ammassa said: “We consistently hear from small businesses who are unable to access the finance they need on the high-street. Today’s announcement that SMEs will be matched with alternative lenders after the rejection of an application could have a significant impact on the ability of small businesses to access the funds they need to grow. We look forward to seeing more detail on this and the scheme being rolled out for SMEs across the country as quickly as possible.” Finally, on the Capital Gains Tax reduction, D’Ammassa added: “The cut in Capital Gains Tax also provides an added incentive to those seeking to build and grow small businesses across the UK. It is vital that the Government continues to provide support to both existing and growing small businesses but also builds incentives for micro businesses and sole traders to grow their activity in the long-term.” **Ends** For further enquiries, journalists can contact: Rachael Snelling Phone: 020 8185 3102 Mobile: 07551 159 534 Email: Rachael.Snelling@aldermore.co.uk Aldermore Aldermore Group PLC is a specialist lender and savings bank offering straightforward products to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), homebuyers and individuals, who we believe are often under- or poorly served by the wider market. Aldermore has no branch network but serves customers and intermediary partners online, by phone and face to face through its network of regional offices located around the UK. Building on its core values of being reliable, expert, dynamic and straightforward, Aldermore aims to deliver banking as it should be. Established in 2009, Aldermore has grown significantly. At the end of December 2015, lending to customers stood at £6.1 billion and customer deposits totalled £5.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.aldermore.co.uk. Aldermore Bank PLC is an operating entity of Aldermore Group PLC. In March 2015, Aldermore Group PLC’s shares (ALD.L) listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Aldermore Bank PLC is regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority and is registered under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Notes to Editors:For further information about Aldermore, our financial backers and our PR contacts, please review our Notes to Editors page.