The London School of Business and Finance reports on an Institute of Directors survey that shows small-business confidence levels are high, but awareness of alternative sources of business funding is low.
This report is an example of one arm of two recurring themes, the ying and yang of alternative finance (almost a double message). On the one hand, we are constantly told that AltFi is fast becoming mainstream. On the other, we learn that the borrowers aren't really fully appraised of the possibilities of the kind of financing that Money&Co. and the peer-to-peer (P2P) business lending sector offers.
A new survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has shown that UK entrepreneurs are feeling confident, with those who run young companies feeling more positive than those running established companies.
The research surveyed 628 members from entrepreneur group IoD99 and found that 83 per cent of entrepreneurs are feeling optimistic about their business prospects over the next year, compared to just 56 per cent of businesses in the IoD overall membership, who were surveyed in separate research.
The study revealed the biggest challenges when it comes to growing a business, with access to finance being cited as one of the main barriers by respondents of the IoD99 survey.
Lack of awareness of government initiatives that focus on investment in younger companies was also found to be a barrier to growth, with schemes such as Start-Up Loans, the "Help to Grow" loan programme and the Enterprise Investment Scheme not being recognised by more than half of respondents. Just 17 per cent of respondents were found to be aware of the British Business Bank.
Investment Scheme not being recognised by more than half of respondents. Just 17 per cent of respondents were found to be aware of the British Business Bank.
The IoD is now working with business representatives globally to tackle the barriers to business growth, with the IoD99 group set to become the UK's official representative in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance.
The latest A-rated, three-year loan offering carries a fixed-rate yield of eight per cent over a three-year term. It is six per cent funded at the time of writing.
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