More than 1.6 million UK businesses can struggle to access growth funding or trade credit because there is insufficient information available about their financial track record, according to analysis from Experian.
This lack of credit information means these SMEs can be considered higher risk when it comes to lending.
These ‘SME Invisibles’ are either too new to file their first set of accounts, or only submit a balance sheet which doesn’t include profit and loss. As a result, they may struggle to access the growth funding needed to take their business to the next level, or even trade credit to buy products and materials.
Lisa Fretwell, Managing Director of Data Services at Experian, said: “More than 600,000 start-ups are created in the UK every year. The early years of trading are the most precarious, when directors are finding their feet, searching for new clients and often funding to keep their business moving forward.
“Accessing business loans and trade credit requires a strong credit history, but so many SMEs have not been trading long enough to create a footprint or be required to file full accounts. Experian has worked hard to almost halve the SME Invisible population through adding new data