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22nd February 2018

Long-term capital needed to help startups scale-up

The British Business Bank’s 2018 Small Business Finance Markets report reveals welcome evidence that the UK’s small businesses are diversifying in their choice of finance. Although still the predominant channel, there are encouraging signs that small businesses are looking beyond their main bank for finance and turning to alternative sources.

The value of SME asset finance deals (up 12%) and peer-to-peer business lending (up 51%) in 2017 both showed strong growth. Although net bank lending volumes remained positive (£0.7bn) in 2017, they were weaker than in both 2016 (£3bn) and 2015 (£2bn). Significant increases were seen in 2017 in both the value and number of SME equity deals (up 79% and 12% respectively).

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