SME Finance Monitor
The SME Finance Monitor has been providing robust and respected data on access to finance amongst SMEs since 2011. The reports are used by banks, government, the Bank of England and industry bodies to inform the debate on this key issue.
More than 65,000 interviews have now been conducted by BDRC (5,000 interviews are conducted each quarter), building into a considerable data set on SME sentiment around past and future finance needs.
The Monitor is vital for understanding how SMEs are thinking on key financial issues. For example, we explore how many SMEs have applied for external finance, what their experience was, and what (if anything) stopped those who did not apply from doing so.
We also explore the extent to which they are aware of the various forms of support and advice available to them when accessing finance. Looking forward, we track how many are planning to grow and the key barriers to running the business as they would wish.
Both the report and underlying data are made available for free to all interested parties, and the quarterly results are widely quoted in the media.
View the SME Finance Monitor reports:
Q1 2015 is available below. The next full report, covering data up to the end of Q2 2015, will be published in late August.
2014 Annual Report (published July 2015).