My article ‘SME and proud’ illustrates, in facts, the importance of the SME to the UK Economy, with SMEs contributing a combined turnover of £ 3.3b and being responsible for providing over 80% of employment in the UK economy. So why is there a reluctance to fund SME businesses?
A post by Everline states that for every £100 banks in the UK lend to business only £26 goes to small businesses with £74 going to non SMEs. Furthermore the post goes on to say that non-SME businesses will only generate £342 from this investment where as an SME would return a staggering £814 return for the local economy.
In terms of the big numbers this translates as an SME receiving on average £23,000 in lending as opposed to the non SME who will receive on average a stunning £16,500,000.
4 in 10 SMEs refused borrowing
No wonder then that 40% of small businesses are refused a loan by the high street banks. Vital funding that SMEs need for business growth to support recruitment of new staff, training, stock purchase, new machinery and equipment, marketing and premises etc.
However, all is not lost, as a consequence of the banks apparent reluctance to lend to small business the market in alternative funding is now booming. There are now over 200 funders able to offer a broad range of funding solutions for SMEs – some of which are listed below:
Invoice finance and factoring
Family and friends
Community development Finance initiative
Government finance schemes
SME debt funds
Pension lead funding
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Everline / Forum for Private Business / Alternative Business Funding / Nesta / BIS