Treasury Select Committee SME finance inquiry terms of reference

The House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee has published the terms of reference for its inquiry into the state of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) finance market. The inquiry will consider the state of the SME finance market under the following themes: funding options available to SMEs. This includes: (i) the availability and update of different sources of funding for SMEs, including banks, peer-to-peer lenders and crowdfunding; (ii) the level of competition in the SME lending market and the impact of recent regulatory initiatives; (iii) trends in SME finance and how potential changes to regulation and redress may affect the market; and (iv) any sources of finance which SMEs will not consider or approach and why; the ability of SMEs to resolve disputes and access fair and reasonable compensation when they borrow money. This includes: (i) the effectiveness of existing arrangements for dispute arbitration and settlement; (ii) the merits of the FCA’s…

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