Formations Direct, leading UK company formation agents, has published results of its recent survey on bank lending amongst SMEs.

  • 70% of those refused at the initial stage expressed surprise at the decision
  • 64% found the whole process difficult
  • 62% achieved an early outline approval
  • 58% received their loan within 3 weeks of applying
  • 69% of those rejected after formal application expressed surprise at the refusal
  • 54% did not require to put up their house as security
  • 70% of formal submissions were approved
  • 57% said the terms & conditions were exactly as those initially discussed
  • 49% felt that the rate of interest was fair

For all we hear about Bank of England funding to lend to SMEs it is clear that there is a lot of work to be done by the banks to provide a customer friendly service. An expectations gap looms large and as long as there is a perception that service is poor, decision making opaque and rates are unfair they will struggle to win over SMEs.

Conditions are surely ripe for a new SME bank to start-up and grab a chunk of business by providing a decent service with fair rates of interest. The only surprise to come out of this was that the numbers requiring their house as security wasn’t higher.

Written by FDAdmin