UK Finance reports lending trends for SMEs getting back to normal

UK Finance today has released its latest Business Finance Review which reports on the finance needs of SMEs.

The latest Review shows a continuation of the gradual return to normal lending trends across SMEs during the first quarter of 2022. We saw a modest uptick in demand for cashflow finance through overdrafts and invoice finance and asset-based lending – this is a consequence of both the end of Covid-19 restrictions and the significant increase in cost pressures that many businesses are now facing.

Gross lending

Following the significant growth in lending volumes in 2020/21 from the government’s Covid-19 lending schemes, demand for finance has been comparatively muted over the past year with gross lending of around £5 billion per quarter from the high street banks.

During the first quarter of 2022 gross lending to SMEs was £4.9 billion, £0.1 billion higher than the previous quarter.


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More than a decade ago, Tom and Emma Lane were sitting on 120 acres in the hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia. Tom had spent his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Braidwood and wanted to provide his and Emma’s four children with the same opportunities he enjoyed as a boy – space and a connection to nature.

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