The Treasury have introduced a new government initiative that is designed to force banks to refer SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to alternative lenders, should they fail to secure finance. Any SME that is unable to secure the necessary funding must now be referred to other providers of finance, such as crowdfunding platforms and asset-based lenders.

Alternative funding for small businesses

Once the scheme is implemented, nine leading banks will legally have to refer all unsuccessful applicants on to a pre-approved list of alternative lenders. Banks have previously been criticised for failing to support small businesses with sourcing alternative forms of finance. Despite the importance of small businesses, and their role in creating jobs and growing the economy, they can still struggle to gain financial support from banks. Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of alternative finance providers and it is hoped that this scheme will bridge the gap between traditional and new forms of finance. It is estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 small and medium businesses are rejected for funding each year. It is hoped that this new initiative, and the increasing funding options available to SMEs, will support new businesses and reduce the number of UK organisations that face Insolvency and Liquidation.

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