You need to be a very confident person to put up your personal estate as collateral when taking out a loan. Some business directors will sign a Personal Guarantee even if it makes them feel uncomfortable. For others, it’s deemed too much of a risk.
- SMEs endeavouring to plan for Brexit will be looking carefully at cash-flow to gauge how much pressure they can take without additional borrowing. The main concern is that day to day running costs will rise – this might be due to material costs going up, wage bills increasing as the migrant workforce reduces and higher warehousing costs for stockpiled goods.
- More than 1 in 4 UK SMEs are planning to raise finance just to keep their head above water a new survey[i] has revealed. The research carried out by Purbeck Insurance Services, the UK’s only insurance provider to offer Personal Guarantee insurance found 28% plan to use finance to improve cash flow and this is currently the main reason for securing a business loan or new form of finance.
As predictions have emerged of an upsurge in borrowing demand from SMEs[i] if a ‘no deal’ Brexit occurs, owners of small businesses are being urged to fully acquaint themselves with the terms of a personal guarantee backed loan, before signing on the dotted line.
- Purbeck Insurance Services, the UK’s only provider of Personal Guarantee Insurance offers tips on the facts to check when raising finance through a personal guarantee backed loan.
- With the uncertainties of Brexit still looming over the UK’s small businesses, it appears that some firms are holding off substantial investment until the picture becomes clearer.
If you run a business you know about risk taking. The personal risk the owners of SMEs take to get their business started, to keep it going or to expand may go with the territory but also to a large extent goes unnoticed and unappreciated by the staff they employ. That’s just how it is running a business. Nevertheless it can be lonely at the top and can seem even more so when financial pressures start to tighten.
In response to rising business insolvencies[i], and trade credit insurance payouts at their highest since 2009[ii], Purbeck Insurance Services, the UK’s only provider of personal guarantee insurance to the directors and owners of UK SMEs has prepared top tips for SME survival.
Every company owner needs to understand how to fund a business, from the different lending options available to the process of what’s required to secure funds.