SME Finance Monitor

The SME Finance Monitor has been providing independent, robust and respected data on access to finance amongst SMEs since 2011. Over 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 as economic conditions change. Having tracked how SMEs fared after the last recession, we are now monitoring them through the immediate and long term implications of Covid-19, with regular updates available not only on access to finance but on their growth plans, ambitions and current performance.

SME Finance Monitor data is made available across a range of bespoke reports

  • Updates on key metrics are published each month based on the previous 3 months rolling data. The latest period is the 3 months to the end of September 2020.
  • A full report is published every 6 months, providing the latest data on SMEs by size, sector and region and showing how the market has evolved over time. The last report was to Q4 2019. Due to the pandemic and the need to get data out in a timely manner, the Q2 2020 report has been replaced by a Q2 2020 summary chart pack and management summary published on the 12th of August 2020. The Q4 2020 report will be written as normal and published in March 2021.
  • Every year we publish the annual Regional Report which provides more detail on the English regions and the three devolved nations in the last year and over time. The 2019 report was published in July 2020 and the next report for 2020 will be published in mid-2021.
  • We also publish reports on specific sub-groups of interest. The most recent Women-lead business report included data to Q2 2019. The last Black and Minority Ethnic business report included data to Q2 2016 but an updated version with data to Q2 2020 is due to be published later in 2020.

The full archive of SME Finance Monitor reports can be found here:

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