Results from the 2010 finance survey of mid-cap businesses

Results from the 2010 finance survey of mid-cap businesses
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Great Britain. Dept. of Trade and Industry
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1 January 2011
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship
Business and management
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This research was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to investigate issues around mid-cap businesses raising bank finance, and follows the previous 2009 mid-cap finance survey. The definition of mid-cap businesses was narrowed in the latest 2010 survey to businesses with turnover of between £25m-£500m (compared to £10m-£500m in the 2009 survey). In 2009, these larger mid-cap businesses were more likely to report obtaining finance as an obstacle to their business success. This narrower turnover definition, also avoids overlapping with the widely used SME turnover limit of £25m. The previous 2009 survey found that while most businesses could raise finance (85% obtained some finance from the first and subsequent sources approached), there was some evidence of businesses experiencing problems obtaining loans and overdrafts, especially for businesses with turnover higher than £25m. The research was repeated in 2010 in order to assess whether demand for, and access to bank finance has changed compared to a year ago.

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