SME Finance Monitor

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COVID-19 Tracker

On 22 April we published the first of our monthly measures of business sentiment following the outbreak of COVID-19. Insights include overall mood, confidence in the Government's response, confidence in business survival when trading is expected to return to normal and to what extent the worst is still to come or now behind us.


The Women in Business Report

BVA BDRC has published the fourth Women in Business report, based on data from the SME Finance Monitor. This report, covering the period up to and including Q2 2019, provides analysis of key aspects of SME Finance Monitor data by the gender of the owner, senior partner or majority shareholder. Click here for your copy of the report.

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The SME Finance Monitor has been providing robust and respected data on access to finance amongst SMEs for over eight years, since 2011. These independent reports are used by banks, government, the Bank of England MPC and industry bodies to inform the debate on this key issue.

Almost 150,000 interviews have now been conducted by BVA BDRC (4,500 interviews each quarter), building into a considerable data set on SME sentiment around past and future finance needs.

The Monitor is vital for understanding how SMEs are thinking on key financial issues and the business environment. For example, we explore how many SMEs have applied for external finance, what their experience was, and what (if anything) stopped those who did not apply from doing so.

We also explore the extent to which they are aware of the various forms of support and advice available to them when accessing finance. Looking forward, we track how many are planning to grow and the key barriers to running the business as they would wish.

Both the report and underlying data are made available free to all interested parties, and the quarterly results are widely quoted in the media.

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Scaleups - helping fast growing SMEs

The SME Finance Monitor is increasingly being used to help Government and private and public sector bodies better understand not just the overall SME market but key groups of interest. We recently worked with the Scaleup Institute to highlight the key challenges faced by fast growing businesses. Their report, launched at the Stock Exchange, can be downloaded here from the Scaleup Institute. SME Finance Monitor data is freely available to all interested parties, so if you’d like to discuss how it might help inform your organisation, please get in touch.

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The SME Finance Monitor reports:

2019

SMEFM Q419

SME Finance Monitor Q4 2019 - published 19 March 2020.

Full report

Management summary

Individual chapters:

Ch 3: Using this report

Ch 4: The general context

Ch 5: The financial context - How are SMEs funding themselves? (Part 1)

Ch 6: The financial context - How are SMEs funding themselves? (Part 2)

Ch 7: Need for funding

Ch 8: An overview of borrowing events

Ch 9: Outcome of Type 1 applications

Ch 10: Why were SMEs not looking to borrow in the last 12 months?

Ch 11: The future

Ch 12: Awareness of Taskforce and other initiatives

Ch 13: Selected charts and graphs

 

SME FM Q2 2019

SME Finance Monitor Q2 2019 - published 19 September 2019.

Full report

Management summary

Individual chapters:

Ch 3: Using this report

Ch 4: The general context

Ch 5: The financial context - How are SMEs funding themselves? (Part 1)

Ch 6: The financial context - How are SMEs funding themselves? (Part 2)

Ch 7: Need for funding

Ch 8: An overview of borrowing events

Ch 9: Borrowing events in more detail

Ch 10: Outcome of Type 1 applications

Ch 11: Why were SMEs not looking to borrow in the last 12 months?

Ch 12: The future

Ch 13: Awareness of Taskforce and other initiatives

Ch 14: Selected charts and graphs

 

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