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Current trends in the SME funding market fact sheet

May 31, 2018


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The 2018 Small Business Finance Market report prepared by the British Business Bank focuses on funding conditions for SME businesses in the UK. The report considers both the supply and demand for finance and the report makes some key observations.


  • The stock of bank loans and overdrafts with UK SME’s increased slightly by £1bn, with the total stock of bank loans and overdrafts standing at approximately £165bn.


  • Asset finance has continued the rapid growth seen in prior years with new lending growth of £18.6bn in 2017 (12% growth on the prior year).


  • Peer to peer lending & crowdfunding (both equity and debt) grew by an estimated £1.78bn in 2017 (51% growth on the prior year).


  • Equity investment by value has increased by 89%, with deal volumes increasing by 5%. The sharp increase in overall value being mainly driven by a small number of large deals.


  • The demand for finance has decreased with only 1.7% of SME businesses applying for finance in 2017. This continues the decline seen in every year since the survey began in 2012. This decline has been matched to some extent by a build up of cash reserves over the same period.


Read more in our latest fact sheet here.