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The Role of Policy in SME Finance: Demand Side Perspective

The Role of Policy in SME Finance: Demand Side Perspective

The focus of UK government policy has been to intervene on the supply side, including through tax incentives and as a direct investor, e.g. in VC funds. Despite these interventions, the knowledge and take-up of equity investment by SMEs has not changed in recent years, and the UK still performs relatively less well on scaling up its micro businesses, which is the ultimate objective of these investments.

Key points covered:

  • What can be done to stimulate take-up among businesses
  • How we increased awareness of the role of equity finance
  • Changes in the venture capital & crowdfunding landscape
  • Find out how we have created a supportive ‘ecosystem’