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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018

An OECD Scoreboard

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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018 contributes to filling the knowledge gap in SME finance trends and conditions. This annual publication provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance. By providing a solid evidence base, the report supports governments in their actions to foster SME access to finance and encourages a culture of policy evaluation.

The 2018 report covers 43 countries world-wide. In addition to the core indicators on SME financing, it provides additional information on recent developments in capital market finance for SMEs, crowdfunding and related activities, and findings of demand-side surveys. It contains a thematic chapter on the evaluation of publicly supported credit guarantee schemes.

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United Kingdom

Net lending to SMEs remained positive throughout 2016. British Bankers Association (BBA) data shows total net lending to SMEs of GBP 1.5 billion in 2016. The Bank of England (BoE) SME lending statistics show continued positive net lending in the first half of 2017. Gross lending has been on an upward trend between 2013 and 2015, although it fell during 2016 and H1 2017. The stock of lending to SMEs contracted in 2016 by 2.3%, a continuation of a downward trend beginning in late 2009. The stock of lending to corporations increased in 2016 by 6.5%.

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