"These figures show a continuing increase in the use of invoice finance and asset-based lending, particularly amongst smaller firms."
Invoice finance and asset-based lending to small businesses increased by 19% in December 2017 compared to the previous year, with advances worth a total of £833 million, according to new UK Finance research.
Total invoice finance and asset-based lending in the UK stood at £23.4 billion at the end of 2017, up 5% on the funds advanced at the end of 2016.
The data also shows that annual sales of clients supported by invoice finance and asset-based lending stood at a record £311 billion in 2017, up 4% on 2016.
Additionally, annual sales from clients through export invoice discounting facilities stood at £27 billion in 2017, up 21% on 2016.
Matthew Davies, director of invoice finance and asset based lending at UK Finance, commented: “These figures show a continuing increase in the use of invoice finance and asset-based lending, particularly amongst smaller firms.
“This reflects a growing appetite for finance amongst those small businesses that are already using external funding.
“These forms of finance can provide extra flexibility and improved liquidity for firms, unlocking working capital to help them grow and invest as well as allowing them to support their own suppliers.
“The industry will continue to work to increase awareness amongst businesses about the different sources of finance that might be appropriate for them.”