According to recent reports, where a small business is located can have a big impact on how likely it will receive funding. While some areas offer excellent prospects for funding others are virtually feeding of scraps according to statistics.
Figures from 2016 show that businesses that benefitted from the Bank Referral Scheme totalled only 900 out of the 19,000 that had been referred after failing to secure loans from high street lenders. Looking deeper into the stats just 75 of these companies was located in in the North West.
Looking at more recent figures from UK Finance, things haven’t changed much when it comes to loan approvals by UK region. All regions saw a year on year fall in loan approvals in the final quarter of 2017 apart from Wales which saw a 55% increase compared to 7.6% decline for England.
The statistics show banks still a have a long way to go before they have sufficient trust in lending to small businesses throughout the UK with the exception of Wales.
To get around this problem, businesses should consider alternative forms of business finance to support ambitious growth plans such as asset financing.
Often one of the biggest barriers to small business and start up founders getting a business loan is a poor credit rating. So, if you have been turned down for a loan because you have bad credit let’s look into ways it may be possible to gain funding for your business even if you have a bad credit rating.
Find out why you have a bad credit record
Review your credit score online and find out what may be causing the problem. A poor credit score can come as a surprise and the first thing you know about it is when you are refused a loan. Sometimes the cause can be rectified if for example there are some discrepancies in addresses, your name isn’t on the electoral roll or if you have missed credit card payments.
Research lenders willing to provide loans to people with below average credit scores
Some lenders will consider business owners with below average credit scores so it is worth doing some research to find them. If your credit score is below 500 this can start to make life difficult and lenders willing to take the risk on you will become harder to find the lower your score is.
Look to alternative sources of finance that won’t require a good credit score
You may find there are plenty of alternatives available when it comes to finding funding for your business. Friends and family might be one avenue if they are understanding and supportive or asset finance could be an option.
Work to improve your credit score
Your credit score isn’t set in stone and it can improve significantly if you pay all your bills on time and avoid running up debts. Taking out smaller loans and using a credit can actually help improve your rating if you are sensible about making more than the recommended monthly repayments.
According to a recent report in the Financial Times, small businesses are increasingly likely to be looking to specialist lenders they are finding online.
The article reports that the chief executive of the British Business Bank saw evidence that small business owners exercising all their options when it comes to lending which includes anything from asset finance to peer to peer lending and venture capital.
Fear of getting turned down by banks has been given as one of the main reasons for the movement towards alternative finance while the number of businesses applying for bank loans has remained flat.
As with retail, there is a quiet revolution taking place where business owners have followed consumers online and to what they perceive as better deals.
Taking on a business loan from a bank is seen as risky compared to asset finance, which is comparatively less risky and allows business owners to use their existing assets to free up cash or boost cash flow.
According to the recent report asset finance lending increased by 12% last year while peer to peer lending increased by 51%. Equity investments meanwhile increased by 79%.
If you would like to find out more about how asset finance can help your business, then give us a call today.