SMEs optimistic about obtaining finance in 2018, report shows
A report from retail bank Aldermore has shown small and medium-sized businesses are optimistic about obtaining finance over the next year.
The Aldermore Future Attitudes report surveyed more than 1,000 business decision-makers across the UK. They found 75 per cent are confident they will be able to access funding to achieve their growth ambitions, up from 63 per cent in Q4 2016.
The report also showed businesses are positive about their revenues, with more than 40 per cent expecting their revenues to increase over the next 12 months, compared to 39 per cent in Q4 2016. Eleven per cent of respondents said they are expecting their profits to increase significantly over the next 12 months.
Business owners also revealed how they plan to achieve revenue growth, with 50 per cent planning to boost their marketing efforts. 38 per cent are planning to launch new products, and 33 per cent say they will boost profits by entering new markets.
Commenting on the report, Aldermore Group Managing Director of Business Finance Carl D’Ammassa said it’s encouraging that optimism among SME leaders is increasing, with attitudes towards business revenues positive for the next 12 months.
He added SMEs make an essential contribution to the economy and with Brexit progressing, their ability to get finance and help support the economy is crucial.