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Gross lending to SMEs in the UK Q4 2018, by sector

This statistic illustrates the quarterly value of new bank loans, including overdraft approvals to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom (UK) during the fourth quarter of 2018, by sector. An enterprise is classed as an SME based on their staff headcount, and their turnover or balance sheet total. Small enterprises have less than 50 employees and less than ten million euros in turnover or balance sheet total, whereas medium-sized enterprises have less than 250 employees, less than 50 million euros in turnover, or less than 43 million euros in their balance sheet total.

SMEs often rely on external financing such as loans and overdrafts. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the real estate, professional services and support sector had approximately 1.8 billion British pounds worth of new loans approved. It was was also the sector with highest volume of loans approved. More in-depth information could be found in the Statista dossier on small and medium enterprise financing in the UK.

Value of new loan approvals to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom (UK) in the 4th quarter 2018, by sector

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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

4th quarter 2018

Supplementary notes

Data reflect the SME business of Barclays, Clydesdale/Yorkshire banks, The Co-operative Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC Bank,RBS Group, Santander, Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank, First Trust and Ulster Bank

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