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The Use and Usefulness of Financial Assistance to UK SMEs

Han, L and Benson, A (2010) The Use and Usefulness of Financial Assistance to UK SMEs Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28. pp. 552-566.

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Existing literature has paid considerable attention to the effects of supporting programmes on the survival and performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but it lacks a deep understanding of the benefits of the use of such assistance and the factors influencing the evaluation of such services from the perspective of SMEs. We examine the factors affecting the propensity to use assistance when SMEs make financial decisions and the usefulness perceived by the users. We examine 2500 UK SMEs and find that the use of assistance and the usefulness of such services, as perceived by SMEs, are much related to: the characteristics of the entrepreneur, the nature of the business, and the financial products used by the business. These empirical results imply that support and advice on financial decision making, available for SMEs, are important for them to better manage and to access finance. Assistance and advice are also very valuable for SMEs and entrepreneurs to compensate for their lack of human capital and thus facilitate overcoming possible problems in managing their businesses.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Han, L
Benson, A
Date : 15 March 2010
DOI : 10.1068/c0985b
Additional Information : Copyright 2010 Pion Ltd and its Licensors. This is an author prepared version. Han, L, Benson, A, (2010) The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 28, pp. 552-566, (2010) DOI: 10.1068/c0985b
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:39
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:25

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