With 99% of businesses in the EU falling under the “small business” umbrella, it is easy to see why many consider them to be the backbone of the economy. As well as powering the economy, these businesses make important contributions to innovation, employment and accelerating economic growth.
Yet, despite their importance, banks have continued to reduce or outright deny vital funding to many SMEs – a factor that has only worsened since the 2008 financial crisis. This has left many SMEs concerned for their financial future. Largely, banks are failing to provide the funding solutions SMEs so desperately need, and even those who do manage to access financing from a bank often find that borrowing is a cumbersome, inflexible and time-consuming process which diverts their attention from their business.
Ultimately, the current situation is unsustainable. As SMEs provide two-thirds of private sector jobs across the continent and contribute more than half of the total value created by businesses across the European Union, more needs to be done to overcome market deficiencies.
To solve this problem, there has been the emergence of alternative lenders, like Capital on Tap. Whether its term loans, credit cards or invoice factoring – more of these services are being provided by non-bank lenders like ourselves and as a result we are the increasingly popular choice among SMEs.
At Capital on Tap, we offer highly automated decision engines, transparency on pricing and excellent customer service, and unlike with bank-backed funding options, our customers receive funds in hours or days, rather than weeks or months. Additionally, as alternative lenders, we continue to innovate and work on robust technology platforms, which give businesses easier access to information and lower operating expenses. We find that once SMEs start using these alternative solutions, they tend to stick around for a long time as they prefer it to their bank.
Given the uncertainty of Brexit and other economic clouds gathering, SMEs need funding certainty now more than ever. Thanks to alternative lenders like Capital on Tap, SMEs are able to access solutions perfectly crafted for their businesses. As we look to expand into Europe, alternative solutions like ours could be just what is needed to help SMEs overcome their financial fears and provide them with a more stable future.