Finance Fred Heritage · 5 July 2016
Can alternative finance save small business from Britain’s post-Brexit milieu?
Around 40 per cent of small business owners are concerned about the funding options that will be available to them in the future, in light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. According to the results of a new survey from finance firm Capify, 21 per cent of small company owners said they thought Brexit would ‘slightly hinder? their options for funding, whereas a further fifth said it would ‘severely limit? their options. However, with around 54 per cent of small business owners stating that they thought Brexit would not have an impact on their ability to raise finance, the overriding feeling remains one of optimism. Alternative finance continues to thrive in the UK, and has become an increasingly popular way for startup founders to raise capital. The market for alternative finance grew by 84 per cent in 2014 to 2015, and small business owners may be encouraged by the continued support of new and innovative lenders as more and more high street banks announce branch closures and staff cuts. According to Capify CEO Tony Pegg, the impact of the dropping value of the pound following the Brexit vote is likely to hit larger firms initially, giving Britain’s small business owners time to prepare for any shock. Commenting on the results of the survey, Pegg said in a statement: I am happy to see that many business owners are still feeling positive about their future, as long as they continue to work hard and adapt accordingly, they will thrive. there’s been a lot of negative comment in the news, causing people to feel even less confident, added Pegg. But, we need to look at this in a positive light. For many years, the UK has had a strong economy, ranking fifth in the world, the EU also made our business owners stick to strict and often ridiculous regulations and now we are free of that.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.