If anyone had a crystal ball back in June 2016, it is unlikely they would have been expecting to see strong UK economic growth by the end of the year.

Fortunately despite a steep drop in the value of GBP and its continuing weakness, the UK economy has been surprisingly robust, confounding the expectations of analysts.

While this is welcome news for most of us, strong economic growth can be something of a double edged sword for SMEs. On the one hand there is the potential to grow the business and take advantage of the positive economic environment.

On the other there is the need to maintain the balance of cashflow and investment in the business. The cost of a sudden increase in new orders can put pressure on cashflow unless business owners can ease this problem with finance.

A range of finance options will be on the table for companies that find themselves in this position but one of the more sensible options is asset finance.

Asset finance can help business owners grow their businesses with fixed periodic payments rather commit upfront cash or apply for an overdraft from the bank.