FINANCE: Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking's total committed lending figures to mid-sized businesses and large corporates in Yorkshire increased to £1.3bn during the first three quarters of last year, a rise of 3.2 per cent compared with the corresponding period of the previous year.
The division said the increase in lending pointed to an improving outlook for Yorkshire's corporate sector.
Area director Tim Pryor said: "The increase in lending figures is a positive sign and suggests Yorkshire's corporate market is beginning to stabilise.
"Initiatives such as the Funding For Lending scheme have helped improve confidence and we expect this to continue this year as the scheme secures full traction."
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New customers who joined the bank during this period included Polypipe and William Jackson Food Group, the manufacturer behind the Aunt Bessies food brand.
sport: The sport and fitness industry will play a vital role in helping to reduce the level of unemployment in the Humber, according to the industry's skills body SkillsActive.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show youth unemployment has risen for the first time since last summer, and now stands at 957,000.
Jean-Ann Marnoch, of SkillsActive, said: "Despite the challenges facing the economy in the Humber, the sport and active leisure industry is experiencing growth as people try to step up healthy lifestyles.
"The take-up of personal trainers is increasing 15 per cent year-on-year and much of the job creation is going to be among the 16 to 24 age group, who make up 30 per cent of the workforce in the sector.
"And, as interest for jobs in our sector increased following the Olympics, now is an ideal time to introduce young people to the active careers."