The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has underlined the fact that some real tests face the government's Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS).
HM Treasury announced that the drawdown window for the FLS has officially opened and will remain available for 18 months, with cheaper rates on borrowing for banks and building societies extended by up to four years.
Director-general of the BCC John Longworth expressed optimism that the scheme will encourage banks to lend more readily to businesses, which would go some way to addressing difficulties many are facing when attempting to access finance.
However, he said that the true test of the FLS will be whether or not any money reaches new or fast-growing enterprises - and start-ups in particular.
"The creation of a state-backed business bank would help companies that have been unable to get credit from banks, so they can start-up, invest, expand and create jobs," Mr Longworth commented.