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SME builders are having to abandon growth plans, says FMB

SME builders are having to abandon growth plans, says FMB

Banks force construction SMEs to abandon growth plans

Posted: 21st January 2017

One in five SMEs in the construction sector have been told to put aside growth plans, a new Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey has revealed.

Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, said: “In our latest FMB’s industry survey, 19% of our members reported that bank lending policies had led to them putting aside growth plans. The danger is that the continuing refusal of the main high street banks to lend to viable building companies will hold back future growth for years to come.”

Berry continued: “The FMB has been making it very clear to policymakers that until the banks change their lending policies, growth will continue to be hampered and the industry will not be able to deliver the improvements to our housing stock and the increased number of new homes that politicians of all parties say they want to see.”

Berry concluded: “Any measures which will improve the flow of funds on reasonable terms to small firms will be welcomed by the industry. We want to see all the main parties placing access to finance for SMEs at the heart of their manifestos for the next parliament.”

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