"We’re seeing more and more SMEs turn to asset-based finance to support their business ambitions"
New figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business held steady in August but was up by 6% in the twelve months to August, compared with the same period last year.
The commercial vehicle finance, and plant and machinery finance sectors reported new business up in August by 11% and 1% respectively, compared with the same month in 2018.
Geraldine Kilkelly, head of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: “August saw further double-digit growth in new finance provided for commercial vehicles as businesses were keen to invest in the newest technology.
“The asset finance market reported 7% new business growth in the first eight months of 2019. The strong performance of the industry so far this year meant it funded over 41% of investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software in Q2 2019, an eleven-year high.”
Chirag Shah, CEO of Nucleus Commercial Finance, commented: “We’re seeing more and more SMEs turn to asset-based finance to support their business ambitions, whether that be to restructure, deliver further growth or to enhance their cash flow. As banks become more risk-averse and reluctant to lend to small businesses, there is a huge opportunity for the alternative lending market to fill this void and ensure SMEs have access to the finance they need.
“Despite the growth in the market, a major knowledge gap still exists when it comes to SME funding, particularly how asset-based lending solutions can be used to help businesses achieve their goals by leveraging assets such as property, stock and machinery. There is a big opportunity for the market to continue growing and it’s therefore our responsibility as an industry to educate SMEs on all the options available and to demonstrate the positive impact alternative finance can have on a business.”