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Small businesses group hold protest in Birmingham

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Business owners fear manufacturing in the West Midlands may not survive

A group of small business owners and staff have held a noisy protest saying banks need to do more to help them survive.

About 20 vehicles joined in the Birmingham protest which began in Sparkbrook.

It was organised by timber and steel merchant Gurt Singh who said he may have to lose 10 staff members this year if his business does not improve.

The government unveiled measures to help businesses in this week's budget.

Mr Singh said he had run his business for 24 years but feared he may not last another six months.

"We need some serious help from the banks," he said. "If not the banks, then the government. Someone needs to do something out there."

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