Following on from last Friday's story on SME alternative funding, our friends at CityA.M. report sharp criticism for government attempts to stimulate alternative funding for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
"Former business secretary and Lib Dem Vince Cable has slammed the progress of a government scheme designed to help small businesses access finance from alternative lenders. "Last night the Treasury announced 230 small businesses, from beauticians to forklift truck training companies, had received almost £4m under the so-called matchmaking scheme launched nine months ago. The full CityA.M. story can be read here.
"Under the set-up, nine of the UK's largest banks pass the details of small businesses on to three designated alternative finance platforms – Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared and Funding Options – when they have turned them down for loans. The platforms then share the details with alternative finance providers and go on to facilitate contact between them and the businesses.
"Cable blasted the slow progress of the scheme as well as the big banks, who he said are continuing to shut out challengers.
"'This is disappointing in scale and speed," he told City A.M. "The referral scheme was agreed when I was secretary of state and is only now happening and on a minute scale.'"
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