SME Statistics

Banking support for UK small and medium-sized enterprises.

27th Nov 2014 Back to top
  • Bank support for SMEs – 3rd Quarter 2014

    Key Points:

    • SME cash holdings are rising strongly.  Levels are up 12% year-on-year and now exceed borrowing by more than £48 billion.
    • £7.9 billion of new SME borrowing was approved in Q3, around 13% more than in the same quarter last year and the highest quarterly amount since 2011 – now on an improved reporting basis.
    • Borrowing was broadly-based across industry sectors and geographical regions, with demand from medium-sized businesses remaining strong in Q3, leading to a net expansion in their borrowing.
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28th Aug 2014 Back to top
  • Bank support for SMEs – 2nd Quarter 2014

    Key Points:

    • £7.4 billion of new SME borrowing was approved in Q2, 16 per cent more than in the same quarter last year and the highest quarterly amount since 2011. This increase in borrowing was broadly-based across industry sectors and geographical regions. Demand from medium-sized businesses was notably stronger in Q2, leading to a net expansion in their borrowing.
    • The average value of borrowing facilities approved has been rising for some time and Scotland, Wales, the North West, Yorkshire & the Humber, the East of England, the East Midlands, the South West and London all saw more new borrowing approved than in either the previous quarter or in the same quarter a year earlier.
    • SME holdings of cash are continuing to rise strongly. Deposit levels are up 9 per cent year-on-year and now exceed borrowing by more than £43 billion.
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29th May 2014 Back to top
  • Bank support for SMEs – 1st Quarter 2014

    Key Points:

    • £6.8bn of new borrowing was approved in Q1, 10% more than the same quarter of last year. Demand for new borrowing facilities from medium-sized businesses rose in Q1, leading to a small net expansion in their stock of borrowing.
    • SME cash holdings continue to rise, by 9% year on year. Deposit levels now exceed all borrowing by more than £38bn.
    • Northern regions, Scotland, the East of England and the South West saw more new borrowing approved in Q1 than in either the previous quarter or in the same quarter a year earlier.
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