Majority of small businesses rely on one funding source

Most small businesses and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will access just one funding solution to assist with starting up the business, new research published last week has found. 1,000 businesses were surveyed by the University of Surrey, with 58% indicated that they had used just one type of funding. More than four in 10 still relied on a solitary source of finance to assist with ongoing cashflow as the business grew. Many of these businesses will also be heavily reliant on reinvesting profits or borrowing cash from family or friends, the University suggested. Study Director Professor David Gray added that businesses needed to find viable financial solutions for the longer term as it was the “only way to stimulate and sustain high-growth businesses”. The research also indicated that SMEs are valuing customer satisfaction and retention as two key factors to determine yearly success, alongside growth in business profits.

Invoice Finance as a long-term funding solution

Owner-managed businesses can often benefit from invoice finance facilities such as invoice factoring and invoice discounting to provide increased long term cashflow. As invoice finance enables businesses to access more and more cash as they grow, it’s a solution which is highly appropriate for ambitious SMEs and small businesses.Why not browse our website and find out a little more about how invoice finance can work to unlock your cashflow.