- The alternative finance market has lent up to £214.11 million to SMEs in the West Midlands
- Fleximize launches new free guide covering a broad range of funding options for SMEs
New analysis(1) from Fleximize, an alternative SME lender, reveals that during the first half of 2015, banks rejected up to £193.77 million worth of credit applications from SMEs in the West Midlands.
Fleximize’s analysis(1) reveals that between April and June this year, the approval rates for smaller businesses in the UK applying for loans and overdrafts was 80% and 78% respectively, and the corresponding figures for medium-sized businesses was 90% and 93%.
This level of rejection is fuelling demand for alternative forms of lending. Fleximize estimates(2) that in total, up to £214.11 million from alternative lenders has been taken out by businesses in the West Midlands region.
Max Chmyshuk, Founder and Managing Partner at Fleximize, said: “As the British economy improves, demand for credit from SMEs is increasing but banks are still rejecting a significant number of applications. Alternative lenders such as ourselves are benefiting from this - in the first half of this year the amount we lent to clients was 211% higher than in the same period in 2014.”
To help SMEs understand the huge and growing range of funding options open to them, Fleximize has produced the free Ultimate Guide to Business Funding, which provides a comprehensive overview of multiple financing routes available to SMEs, including five alternative and four public funding sources, as well as overdrafts, loans and commercial mortgages from traditional banks. The guide also addresses modern sources including crowdfunding, pension-led funding, unsecured business loans, revenue-based financing and invoice financing, as well as public funding offered on a national, regional, local and specialist basis.
To view or download a free copy of the report, click here.
Fleximize offers a choice of flexible loans and revenue-based financing to small and medium-sized businesses where repayments are tied to a client’s revenue flow – paying back more in good months and less when income drops. For further information visit fleximize.com or call 020 7100 0110.
Notes to editors
- Based on Fleximize analysis of British Bankers Association data Q1 2015 and Q2 2015, and Office of National Statistics data (Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2014)
- Fleximize analysis of altfi data and Office of National Statistics data (Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2014)