Broker welcomes Government moves to reform business lending


An East Midlands-based independent financial services broker which helps SMEs to source funding has welcomed new Government moves to make it easier for small businesses to access finance.

The HM Treasury said this morning that it plans to change the law so that if a firm applies for small business loan and it’s rejected, the lender it applied to will have to offer to share its details with other finance platforms so that it can be linked-up with alternative lending opportunities. SMEs will also be able to appeal a rejected application directly to their bank through a new appeals process.

The Government’s Business Banking Insight programme, which was established by ex-Chancellor George Osborne in 2013, provides a ranking of the best banking institutions, products and services, as rated by the UK’s small businesses themselves, and aims to make it easier for SMEs to choose the right bank and products for their business.

Midlands Asset Finance, which is based off Junction 28 of the M1 and specialises in arranging funding for all types of asset finance and property transactions, has welcomed today’s announcement, but says equal focus should be placed on making businesses aware of the full range of financing options available to them, not just those available through traditional banks.

Director Dave Chapman said: “While making additional routes to finance more accessible to businesses is a positive step, the traditional route of accessing finance via banks is not the only option available to firms that want to invest and grow. The client should also explore alternative options, including asset finance.

“Asset finance is a way of enabling businesses to release cash from the value of any assets they own, such as equipment, machinery and vehicles, which can then be reinvested in the business. Choosing the right form of asset finance is an incredibly important decision for any business to take, so getting in touch with a professional adviser who will be able to talk them through each step is crucial.”

In addition to offering a full range of asset finance options, Midlands Asset Finance also helps with refinance and cash-raising deals for clients who need support in releasing cash or reducing monthly commitments. It operates in all industry sectors, with particular expertise in the construction, waste management and recycling, manufacturing, engineering, haulage and IT sectors. It can also arrange invoice discounting and commercial property investment and development transactions.

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