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Barclays extends free credit-checking to 700,000 businesses

· CREDITFOCUS Classic free period for Barclays Business customers extended until December 2011

· Business owners helped to credit check one million companies and chase £42m in late payments

· Barclays research showed that bad debts and late invoice payments are two of the key causes of business failure

UK manufacturers failing to embrace servicing; new research

UK manufacturers are actively moving up the value chain although only half the manufacturing sector is providing services as well as core products, leaving the UK at a competitive disadvantage globally, according to new research released today by Barcl