Banks Launching Campaign to Get Businesses Borrowing

Posted on 23.01.2014, by Rob Warlow

Face with growing outcries about the continual fall in bank lending, the main High Street banks have launched a new campaign to get businesses borrowing.

The banks, together with the British Bankers Association, are keen to let businesses know they are a lot more likely to get bank finance than they think. The banks, which include Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nat West, RBS and Santander, quote a recent SME Finance Monitor report which says that while only 37% of SMEs planning to apply for finance believe they will get approval from their bank, actual approval rates are a lot higher at almost 67%.

The research from the BDRC survey identified as many as 270,000 businesses that wanted to apply for finance but never actually ended up doing so. It attributes a lack of confidence in their chances of success as one of the key reasons for this.

The message of the campaign is that increasing confidence amongst businesses around lending has the potential to boost the UK economy, as if all of those businesses went ahead and applied for finance this could enable:

  • 53,000 small and medium sized businesses expand in the UK
  • 48,000 new orders for equipment
  • 113,000 businesses to boost their spending power
  • 16,000 companies to develop new products or significantly improve their offering to customers

The 12-month campaign will be aimed at businesses with a turnover of less than £25million, and working alongside the government, politicians, banks and business groups it will spread the message that SMEs are a lot more likely to get finance than they think.

The campaign, featuring online advertising and social media outreach, will provide top tips for finance success, promote schemes such as business mentoring and showcase examples of businesses that have gone on to grow and prosper after securing a loan.

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