Published on October 28, 2015
Bank lending is the most common source of external finance for many SMEs and entrepreneurs, yet has proven challenging to newer, innovative and fast growing companies, as well as to those undertaking important transitions in their activities or seeking to de-leverage and improve their capital structures.
This report maps a broad range of external financing techniques to address diverse needs in varying circumstances, including asset-based finance, alternative debt, hybrid instruments, and equity instruments. It further highlights key enabling factors for their development, discusses major market trends and obstacles to SME uptake, and suggests some key areas of policy action to overcome challenges to market development.
|Foreword and AcknowledgementsAcknowledgements|
|The challenges and benefits of alternative finance for SMEs|
|Traditional debt finance and alternative financing instruments for SMEs|
|Asset-based finance for SMEs|
|Alternative debt as a source of finance for SMEs|
|Crowdfunding for SMEs|
|Hybrid finance instruments for SMEs|
|Equity finance for SMEs|
|Glossary of key terms|