Ground-breaking business funding guide to help crack credit crunch

29-Jul-2019

An industry-first Business Funding Guide that aims to help tackle the access to funding crisis faced by Australian small businesses has been launched today.

The guide, developed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in partnership with Scottish Pacific Business Finance, is primarily written for accountants, bookkeepers, brokers and other financial advisers, to help their small business clients find the right funding and increase their likelihood of having funding applications approved.

There is also a companion guideFitSME- Essential Guide to Business Funding that gives small business operators the most important information they need to know about becoming ‘finance fit’.

The Business Funding Guide targets SMEs’ trusted advisers because of the key role they play in helping business owners with financial decisions.

ASBFEO and Scottish Pacific consulted widely with adviser associations and other key stakeholders representing the small business sector in producing the guide.

“The biggest barrier to small business growth is access to finance,” Ombudsman Kate Carnell says.

“This independent guide provides comprehensive up-to-date information about a range of funding options available to them, along with a step-by-step pathway to becoming ‘finance fit’ to give small business operators their best chance at securing funding.

“We know that about a third of small business owners have had their applications for bank loans rejected. Many more have not bothered to even apply as they’ve been told that unless they have significant equity in real estate, their application will fail.

“That’s why it is essential that small businesses understand the range of financial providers and products on the market – the big four banks are not the only game in town!”

“Business owners operate on long hours and carry a lot of responsibility, working so hard to grow their businesses,” Scottish Pacific CEO Peter Langham says.

“We feel very strongly that their key to success is understanding where to get assistance, including ways they can finance their enterprises, so they can find funding that fits their needs.

“Business operators looking to grow, employ and stimulate the economy, need to consider all of the funding options, including options that are not linked to their personal property, to make the best choice for their business.

This is the 1st edition of the Business Funding Guide. We welcome feedback on the content and usefulness of the guide from all interested parties. A final version of the guide will be available later this year. Email your feedback to advocacy@asbfeo.gov.au