Please see below a roundup of this weekend’s newspapers: £10 billion lifeline to help small firms George Osborne will next week launch a multi-billion pound scheme to boost lending to small businesses. An adrenaline shot of £5 billion to £10 billion for growing companies will form the centre piece of the Chancellor’s mini-Budget on Tuesday. Taxpayer money will be channelled to high street banks including Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays to lend to small businesses. The ‘credit easing’ programme comes as the Chancellor battles to stop Britain being dragged into the debt crisis plaguing the eurozone. Last night Bank of England economist Martin Weale said the recovery from the last recession has been ‘particularly slow’. He said it will take five and a half years for the economy to return to its pre-recession level, making it the longest slump since the 1920s. In the Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne will reject calls to water down his austerity measures – and accuse Labour of being the only party in Europe calling for more borrowing. He will also flesh out his plans to stimulate the housing market, tackle youth unemployment and kick-start investment in road and rail. But the Chancellor will be forced to admit the economy is not growing as fast as he hoped and the deficit is not falling as planned. The threat of a double dip recession has forced ministers to act, and in particular to help small businesses starved by banks of the cash they need to prosper. The Daily Mail, Saturday Osborne identifies ‘top 10,000’ firms The Chancellor will this week identify almost 10,000 British companies that are “the real engine of growth” and set out plans to champion the best and “professionalise” the rest. In an admission that Government support for companies is too polarised between the small and the very large, George Osborne is expected to say in his Autumn Statement that mid-sized companies have been neglected by Whitehall for too long. He will highlight around 2,000 world-class performers and a “long tail” of companies that are underperforming against measures of export intensity, capital expenditure and growth compared with international peers. The Sunday Telegraph Clegg hints at more tax rises for the ‘wealthy’ in Autumn Statement Wealthier people may have to pay more tax next year under plans soon to be announced, the Deputy Prime Minister indicated yesterday. Nick Clegg said he wanted to “make sure” that “the people with the broadest shoulders pay their fair share” under changes to be announced by the Chancellor in next week’s Autumn Statement. The Liberal Democrat leader highlighted the importance of increasing capital gains tax and closing tax loopholes under a drive to increase payments from the more wealthy. The Daily Telegraph, Saturday Vodka bar chain goes on sale Revolution, the vodka bar chain, has been put up for sale by private equity owner Alchemy with a price tag of about £150m. Boutique investment back DC Advisory Partners has been appointed to guide it on the sale of Inventive Leisure, Revolution’s holding company. Inventive, which owns 61 Revolution bars and two Revolucion de Cuba rum bars, was acquired by Alchemy in 2006. The Revolution chain was founded in 1996 by Roy Ellis and Neil Macleod, who had been operating bars and nightclubs in Manchester since 1991. They are still directors of Inventive. Revolution was floated on the Alternative Investment Market in 2000, at which point it had 21 bars. The Mail on Sunday Marston’s profits expected to rise by 9 per cent Analysts at Numis Securities expect brewer and pub owner Marston’s to announce a pre-tax profit of £80m in its full-year results on Wednesday, up 9% on the previous year. Numis said this growth will be driven partly by the group’s new build programme, while trading is believed to be resilient. The following day, rival Greene King announces its half year figures. Numis has forecast a 7% rise in pre-tax profit on the same period last year, although this is slightly above the consensus view, The Independent on Sunday The return of recession Britain will slip back into recession at the start of next year, ministers have been told. The Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) is predicting that the economy will shrink, the Government was warned on Thursday. Whitehall sources said the forecasts suggest that growth would be negative during the first six months of next year due to the euro crisis. The prediction, to be published on Monday, is the first from a respected forecaster to indicate that Britain faces a double-dip recession. The preliminary findings of the OECD, to be released on the eve of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, are said to have “sent a lightening bolt” through the Treasury and Downing Street. On Tuesday, the Chancellor will announce his growth strategy, which will lead to billions of pounds in infrastructure spending and a scheme to increase loans to small and medium-sized businesses. The Daily Telegraph, Saturday Olympics threaten to shut down West End Some of London’s best-known theatres are expected to go dark during the Olympics as foreign tourists and British visitors shun the usual summer entertainments. The downturn could be prolonged by the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations in June, followed by the Euro 2012 football tournament in Poland and Ukraine, which will keep many would-be tourists glued to their television sets. The Olympics themselves, which take place from 27 July to 12 August, will be followed a fortnight later by the Paralympics. Productions already hit include Sweeney Todd, which opens at the Adelphi next March. No bookings during the games are being accepted. The Sunday Times Drinks firms ‘too close’ to health bosses Ministers and civil servants in charge of alcohol policy have held 85 meetings with the drinks industry since the election, prompting claims of “collusion” between companies and the Government. Relations are so close that one of the drinks industry’s key lobbyists is co-chairing a policy group responsible for framing alcohol policy. Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), is said by Whitehall sources to have so much access in the Department of Health that he is sometimes mistaken for a civil servant. Beadles has had 38 meetings with officials and ministers since the election, according to figures released after a Freedom of Information request by The Sunday Times. The British Medical Association (BMA) is one of six health bodies so concerned at the industry’s influence that they have withdrawn from an alcohol working group co-chaired by Beadles to design measures to curb alcohol abuse as part of the Government’s public health responsibility deal. The Sunday Times Bank policymakers: ‘strong case’ for further quantitative easing A Bank of England policymaker has signalled the Bank is ready to pump more new money into the ailing economy through quantitative easing (QE) in February. Martin Weale, a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), said there is “likely to be a strong case for extending the asset purchase programme” after the current one comes to an end in three months’ time, unless the economic outlook improves. Mr Weale stressed that if in reality growth was stronger than the Bank had assumed, and inflation remained high, he would be just as ready to vote for a tightening of monetary policy. The Daily Telegraph, Saturday Troubled Premier Foods replaces finance chief Premier Foods has parted company with its finance director and appointed former SSL finance chief Mark Moran in his place, sending Premier shares up 4.2% to 4.73p. The company, which only three months ago also appointed Michael Clarke as its new chief executive, is in the midst of emergency talks with its banks over the terms of its £1.27bn of debt. Premier’s stock market value is just £113.4m. The Daily Telegraph, Saturday Cineworld: Imax has signed a revenue-sharing deal with Britain’s biggest cinema chain to install its digital theatre systems at multiplexes in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Nottingham. The Times, Saturday Poll shows gap in start-ups’ business acumen Banks under constant fire for failing to lend to small businesses often complain that there are not enough suitable applicants. A new survey appears to show they may have a point. The poll of 155 individuals taken during November’s Global Entrepreneurship week found a fifth of recent start-ups and 16% of those aiming to launch a company did not intend to write a business plan and many did not understand basic concepts such as gross profit and turnover. Only 65% of business people surveyed had a business plan, while 15% intended to write one. Of those wanting to set up, 37% had a plan while 47% intended to write one. FT Weekend Fins are looking up as chippy saves cod Once he flew above the North Sea in a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter searching for Soviet nuclear submarines beneath the waves. Today he is helping to safeguard a more welcome visitor to British waters – the Atlantic cod – from his fish and chip shop in Cornwall. Pete Fraser, 51, is one of those being hailed as the new heroes of sustainability by a study of what the restaurant trade is doing to help preserve the world’s depleted fish stocks. Last week Fraser took cod off the menu at his family-run restaurant. Scientists have warned that the cod could disappear around Britain within 40 years if overfishing continues the way it has done. However, the report from Fish2fork, the campaigning online guide, suggests there has been a sea change in attitudes among chefs, caterers and customers. It shows that 45% of British restaurants are doing more to preserve fish stocks than they were when it launched its first report two years ago. The Sunday Times ’Mugabe’ in Nando’s ad Restaurant chain Nando’s has sparked controversy with a TV ad featuring some of the world’s worst dictators. The advert highlights a bad year for despots by branding Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe the “last dictator standing”. It uses look-alikes to show Mugabe with the late Colonel Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein, before ending with a pay-off line which reads: “At this time of year, no one should have to eat alone.” A Nando’s UK spokesman confirmed there are no plans to bring the ad – aired in South Africa – to Britain. The Mirror, Saturday