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UK Finance reports lending trends for SMEs getting back to normal

UK Finance at this time has launched its newest Business Finance Review which reports on the finance wants of SMEs.

The newest Review reveals a continuation of the gradual return to normal lending trends throughout SMEs throughout the first quarter of 2022. We noticed a modest uptick in demand for cashflow finance by means of overdrafts and bill finance and asset-based lending – it is a consequence of each the tip of Covid-19 restrictions and the numerous improve in value pressures that many companies at the moment are dealing with.

Gross lending

Following the numerous progress in lending volumes in 2020/21 from the federal government’s Covid-19 lending schemes, demand for finance has been comparatively muted over the previous 12 months with gross lending of round £5 billion per quarter from the excessive road banks.

During the primary quarter of 2022 gross lending to SMEs was £4.9 billion, £0.1 billion larger than the earlier quarter.


Following two years of very subdued demand for overdrafts, this quarter noticed the primary materials improve in approvals, up 23 per cent in contrast with the earlier quarter. However progress nonetheless leaves demand far beneath pre-pandemic trends.


SME deposits diminished by 1.4 per cent throughout the quarter to £266 billion. This means SMEs proceed to have entry to vital amassed deposits with the general worth standing some £69 billion or 35 per cent larger compared with February 2020.

SMEs are persevering with to meet their authorities lending scheme reimbursement obligations. The regular circulate of repayments of government-backed lending is encouraging and suggestions means that, whereas there are some companies falling behind, fee issues are presently not as outstanding as many had initially feared.

Stephen Pegge, Managing Director of Commercial Finance, mentioned: “Activity throughout the economic system continued to broaden at the beginning of the 12 months, however SMEs have been starting to face a pick-up in financial headwinds. While issues about family funds have been making headlines, many companies are additionally coping with sharply rising enter prices and extra uncertainty in regards to the demand outlook.

“Nevertheless, finance utilization and demand by SMEs shifted little within the early months of 2022. Overall lending has been broadly steady, however there was a modest pick-up in new overdraft approvals and utilisation as well as to continued progress in bill finance and asset-based lending advances. This is probably going a response to the now full reopening of all components of the economic system in addition to the rise in value pressures.

“Our data continues to show that SMEs are meeting repayments of government-backed loans, accessed during the pandemic, but this has not significantly dented the financial headroom available through deposits and flex in other arrangements.”