Britain's Latest Bid to Help Small Businesses: A New Bank

Vince Cable, British Business Secretary, speaks to the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Brighton, England. Photograph by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Since the financial crisis arose four years ago, when governments in the U.S. and the U.K. bailed out their biggest banks with hundreds of billions of dollars, policy makers have struggled with a lingering question: Did those bailouts do enough to help small businesses that depend on banks for loans?

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