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Barclays Partners With Propel to Provide One Million Smes With Speedy Access to Asset Finance

Barclays Partners With Propel to Provide One Million Smes With Speedy Access to Asset Finance

Barclays Business Banking has announced that it will be the first High Street bank to partner with Propel, a specialist asset finance provider, to offer equipment and vehicle finance via an online platform to one million of their small and medium sized (SME) customers.

The bank’s UK wide network of 1,100 relationship managers will connect directly with ‘Propeller’, Propel’s online portal, which gives quick credit decisions up to £100,000 for SMEs banking with Barclays. This will allow businesses to be able to make equipment purchases up to £2 million, with funds released swiftly, often within 24 hours*.

The collaboration is the latest in a series of strategic Fintech partnerships announced by Barclays over the last few years, with Nimbla and MarketFinance offering invoice insurance and invoice financing products respectively to thousands of Barclays Business Banking clients.

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A partnership in asset finance was chosen as it continues to be a vital source of funding for SMEs, particularly those that need to invest in a wide range of equipment to support their business activities, investment and growth. It enables SMEs to rapidly obtain business-critical equipment without the need to draw on cash reserves to pay for the assets upfront. They can spread out the cost over a number of years, and the finance is typically secured against the asset rather than additional business collateral.

In 2019, over £35.7 billion of finance was provided to businesses to support investment in new equipment1. Businesses across all sectors can turn to asset finance to support investment in vital equipment to help them drive productivity and growth. Investment in both IT equipment and manufacturing sectors has remained strong throughout the pandemic.

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Hannah Bernard, Head of Barclays Business Banking, said: “Many small businesses are looking to diversify and strengthen their enterprise as they bounce back from the impact of the pandemic – whether that’s purchasing a van to provide home deliveries or investing in enhanced cleaning equipment to meet new demands.

“By partnering with Propel we’re offering all our clients access to a market leading product which will give them even more flexibility when picking the right kind of finance to support their business.

“It’s vital for the recovery of the UK economy that we continue to boost the confidence of small businesses, and our team of relationship managers are here to help them invest for the future.”

The Small Business Finance Markets 2019/2020 report from the British Business Bank revealed that there has been a 32% increase in asset fina

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