Almost half (48%) of small to medium enterprises cited cash flow as the single largest challenge their business was facing, according to research by Millbrook Business Finance.
This was followed by the cost-of-living crisis (32%) and energy prices (30%).
The firm surveyed its database of SME owners and directors in October 2023 to establish the leading pain points for businesses.
Other issues businesses were facing included:
- Supply chain disruption (26%)
- Inflation (24%)
- Recruitment (20%)
- Building overheads (15%)
- Unexpected tax bills (8%)
For those planning on taking out finance in the next 12 months, the most prominent reason was to smooth out issues with cash flow (40%), followed by buying machinery and equipment and releasing equity (20%).
“Whenever the economy is weakened, late payments and suppressed customer demand become much more commonplace, and this can dramatically worsen cash flow for SMEs.
“When you also factor in the ongoing cost of living crisis and painfully high energy costs then it’s no wonder businesses are facing significant financial challenges.”
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