BusinessTalk: Will Nick Clegg revive Forgemasters loan?

NICK Clegg says the Government will announce new investment in Yorkshire over the next few months, after a leading businessman warned the region was in danger of "falling off the world business map". Listen to informed debate in the weekly business programme from the Yorkshire Post.

Mr Clegg also hinted there might after all be support for Sheffield Forgemasters, which recently saw the cancellation of an 80m loan from the previous Government.

He was speaking after Kevin McCabe, the businessman whose empire includes Sheffield United, said the decision to scrap the Yorkshire Forward development agency could harm the local economy.

Hear the full interview with Mr Clegg in this week's programme.

We also speak at length to Adam Posen, a member of the Bank of England committee that sets interest rates.

He says establishing local lenders in cities like Leeds would help small businesses by making the financial services sector more competitive. He also calls for more breaking up of the banks and warns of the dangers of a Japanese-style "lost decade".

Plus, we report on what the new Equality Act will mean for companies in Yorkshire.

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Previous programmes

September 28: RBS boss Stephen Hester | Women's Business Forum

September 21: Leeds's new leaders | Brandon Medical | Steel boss Sue Sharples

September 14: Peter Jones and Vince Cable | World Curry Festival

September 7: Excellence Awards shortlist | SkyBet | David Blunkett | RBS cuts

August 31: Legal profits, insolvency, refinancing | Acas | HML joint venture

August 24: Train To Gain | Pure Gym | Image Analysis

August 17: The Big Conversation | Claire Young | Integrating Bradford

August 10: Sheffield Chamber | Nigel McClea | Haribo | Go Outdoors

August 3: Retail recovery | Vince Cable | Ginetta Cars

July 27: Replacing Yorkshire Forward | Aviva | Marks & Spencer | School dinners

July 20: Big Society | Yorkshire airports | Green & Blacks | Kick4Change

July 13: YP Business Barometer | Venturelab | Masternaut Three-X

July 6: David Cameron | Jon Moulton | Sir Ken Morrison

June 29: Replacing Yorkshire Forward | Trade with China | Franchising | Insolvency

June 22: Budget Special

June 15: Cutting the deficit | Richard Lammbert, CBI | Yorks Business Convention

June 8: Housebuilding and Kirkstall Forge | Public sector cuts and jobs

June 1: PM in Yorkshire | Ethical investing | Live & Breathe

May 25: Public sector cuts | Pace | RIP HIPs | Selling Harewood

May 18: Engage Mutual | Joseph Clissold | Building Societies | C Spencer

May 11: Coalition | Nestle | TransPennine Express | Building Societies

May 4: Election campaign | Hyco Manufacturing | TD Waterhouse

April 27: Michael Portillo on a hung parliament

April 20: No new Tory business taxes

April 13: George Osborne and Transport Minister Lord Adonis | Mortgage outsourcing

April 6: Election campaign launch | Asian Business Network awards

March 30: The Chancellors battle it out

March 23: Nick Clegg | William Hague | CBI | Bribery and corruption

March 16: David Cameron | Finance Yorkshire | Old family firms

March 9: Migrants and unemployment | Sheffield Chamber | Engage Mutual

March 2: Housebuilding | Jim O'Neill and Robert Taylor | Benenden Healthcare

February 23: Bill Liao | Company divorce | Packetts Insurance

February 16: George Osborne | Bankers say No to bonuses | BusinessLink Yorkshire

February 9: Small businesses vs the banks | Boiler-room fraud | Sports sponsorship

February 2: Printing money | Nick Clegg | Agency workers | Retail property

January 26: Out of recession | Calling time on pubs | Zilico

January 19: Economist Tom Vosa | Pensions black hole | Dentists

January 12: Meadowhall and Victoria Quarter | Stephenson Group | FMG Support

January 5: Housing recovery | Bzayford Group | Afghanistan

2009

December 22: Review of 2009

December 15: Variety Club Awards | East Coast Rail | Arena wars

December 8: Steven Norris | NG Bailey | Marketing and E-media

December 1: Rachel Elnaugh | Building sector | Remodelling Leeds University

November 24: Top 50 Companies | Cappuccino crime | Social networking

November 17: Michael Portillo | John Tordoff | Royal Mail alternatives

November 10: Banking divide | Sick pay | NG Bailey | Monetising the Arts

November 3: Twitter | City Inn | Justin Urquhuart Stewart | Lloyds TSB

October 27: Clawing back a beer empire

October 20: Excellence in Business Awards | Poot comic

October 13: Mike Lenhoff | Harris Tweed | Charlie Downey

October 6: Alastair Campbell | Man who sold Man Utd | Chartered Accountants

September 29: Bradford & Bingley | Exiting recession | Sick leave | Nisa Today's

September 22: Bid-rigging | Bank of England's Andrew Haldane | Electric Works

September 15: Business Awards shortlist | Lehman Bros, a year on | Jarvis

September 8: Pensions black hole | Emotional intelligence | Fairtrade

September 1: Leeds v Manchester | Ministerial inexperience | Fairtrade

August 25: Lloyds, jobs | Merrion Centre | Rural broadband | John Hendrie

August 18: Football club administration | Young entrepreneurs' conference

August 11: Bradford Odeon | Ryanair | Online marketing

August 4: Northern Rock | Tunstall Healthcare | Modular Buildings

July 27: Stagecoach | Customer service | Identity theft Valley

July 21: Morrisons | Lord Mandelson | Yorkshire's Silicon Valley

July 14: Bank of England Deputy Governor | Made In Sheffield

July 7: Port rates | Private Equity comeback | Commercial property

June 30: Jobs and steel | Fraud | Training in Hull

June 23: Northern Rock | Wellington Place | China trade | IoD Chair

June 16: Sick pay | Caravan industry | Innocent Smoothies

June 9: John Cleese | BSykB | Cheltenham & Gloucester

June 1: Leeds Business Week special edition

May 26: BT Vision | Nurseries | Rixonway | Reskilling Sheffield

May 19: M&S | Leeds Business Week preview | Morrisons ads

May 12: Skilling up | Lord Davies | Pegler Yorkshire | Injury claims

May 5: Bradford in limbo | Restructuring | Lloyds Bank | Even More Prods

April 28: Budget reaction | Insolvency| Fast Track to Yorks | Turnkey Creative

April 21: Yorkshire Bank CEO | Negative inflation | Shine Harehills | McCain

April 14: Stylo | Credit risk | Product recalls

April 7: Yorkshire manufacturing | Sports sponsorship

March 31: Women in the workplace | Reckless lending | Yorkshire in Malawi

March 24: Jan Fletcher | Philip Davies| thebigword Group

March 17: Cherie Blair | Mumtaz | Richard Doyle | Unison Scarborough

March 10: John Cleese | Retirement age | Ebay trading | Jonas Ridderstrale

March 3: YTV's closure | Administration | Start-ups | Cattles

February 24: Pensions and bail-outs | Brand values | Rachael Fletcher

February 17: Public sector cuts | Barnsley | Rural businesses

February 10: Ed Balls on the recession | Bankers say sorry | Scarborough

February 3: Surviving the recession| Young Directors | Cannes in Scarborough

January 27: Yorkshire economic survey | William Hague | Delisting

January 20: Item Club | Investors' fears | Corporate fraud

January 13: Eric Pickles | Peter Moizer of Leeds Business School

January 6: Retail trends | Our reputation abroad | Doing business in Moldova

2008

December 23: Review of 2008 | Doing business in Iraq | Futurologist James Bellini

December 16: Small businesses and banks | George Osborne | YP Awards

December 9: SMEs and the economy | Leeds legal community

December 2: Building societies and tax cuts | Regeneration awards

November 25: Pre-budget | Redundancy costs | Immigration law | Bioscience

November 18: Asda CEO Andy Bond | Tax cuts | Masternaut | HIPs | KayCo

November 11: CBI Director General | Private Equity | Scarborough | Air Supplies

November 4: HBOS takeover | Leeds Airport | Yorkshire Tourism | Air Supplies

October 28: Fiscal rules | Castlegate | Marketing Judo

October 22: EXTRA: Bank of England governor Mervyn King

October 21: Sir Ken Morrison | Excellence in Business Awards | Milan Expo

October 14: 37bn bank bail-out | Immigration law | Conservatories

October 7: Interest rates | Sir Alan Sugar | Karren Brady

September 30: Bradford & Bingley nationalised | Digby Jones

September 23: HBOS Takeover | Rosie Winterton | Clipper Logistics

September 18: Extra: HBOS taken over by Lloyds TSB

September 16: Lehman Brothers collapse | Leeds in Milan

September 9: How low can house prices go?| Rude Limited

September 2: Stamp Duty | 2012 Olympics in Leeds | Hull World Trade Centre

August 26: Indian acquisitions in Yorkshire | Lettings in Leeds

August 19: Asian businesses | Banking blues | Ryanair and Yorkshire?

August 12: Record inflation | Architects Carey Jones | Corporate hospitality

August 5: Regional Funding Allocation | Yorkshire Forward reshuffle

July 29: Fox's Biscuits | White collar crime

July 22: Skills pledge | Surviving a recession

July 15: Leeds Lumiere collapse | Recession | Yorkshire Bioscience Awards

July 8: Great Yorkshire Show | Bradford & Bingley

July 1: Reinventing Sheffield | Prof Alistair Hay

June 24: Bradford & Bingley | Yorkshire In The City | Yorkshire's rail network

June 17: Inflation and Roger Bootle | Looking after your staff

June 10: Yorkshire Business Convention | Lord Levene | Iraq invests in Bradford

June 3: Crisis at Bradford & Bingley | Leeds Business Week

May 27: Living to 120 | Automating food production | Hydro electricity

May 20: George Soros | Doing business in Russia | Planning law changes

May 13: Midge Ure | Inflation | Buying a home overseas

May 6: Excellence in Business Awards launch | Data Capture

April 29: Peter Jay | Corporate manslaughter legislation

April 22: Banking in crisis | Intellectual property

April 15: Jon Moulton | Jim O'Neill

April 8: House Prices | Pace Micro Technology

April 1: Shadow Chancellor | Yorkshire Water's new regime

March 25: Malicious stock rumours | Homeless catering project

March 18: Ken Morrison | John Hutton | Hazel Blears

March 12: Budget special

March 11: Michael Portillo interviewed | PWC design seminar

March 4: MIPIM Trade Fair | Exploitation of agency workers

February 26: Asda vs Yorkshire pig farmers| Acas | David Davis

February 19: Yorkshire Minister Rosie Winterton | Northern Rock nationalisation

February 12: Venturefest | Sir Bob Kerslake | Hull's jobs market

February 5: Leeds City Vision | Wayne Hemingway | Regenerating Hull

January 29: FTSE collapse | Green workspace | Internet grooming

January 22: Economic collapse | Property prices | Blueprint for Sheffield

January 15: John Lewis comes to Leeds| Business rates on empty properties

January 8: Carousel Fraud | Tough times on the high street

January 2: Leeds Bradford Airport | Alliance & Leicester

2007

December 18: Sarah, Duchess of York | Stuart Rose

December 11: National Exprress East Coast | JumbleAid

December 4: Digby Jones | Justin Urquhart Stewart

November 27: William Hague | Bradford's City Park

November 20: HMRC fiaso | David Jones interview

November 13: Bob Geldof interview

November 6: Marks & Spencer invests in Bradford | Marketing Leeds

October 30: Sheffield's economy | The new face of Leeds

October 23: Excellence in Business Awards | Eden Project

October 16: Ethnic minority businesses | Corporate crime

October 9: Congestion charging in Yorkshire | Pre-budget report