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Finance for Small and Entrepreneurial Business

1st Edition

By Richard Roberts


132 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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The financial environment of small and entrepreneurial firms is changing rapidly and is a topic where significant disagreement remains amongst researchers and policy advisers. This concise textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the current and projected trends in this market for the benefit of students of entrepreneurship at an advanced level.

Written by an expert on SME finance, it provides a straightforward review of the external funding choices faced by small business owners, drawing on a range of new data sources which have emerged in recent years, along with a range of case studies. In addition, it includes an analysis of longer term trends and the role of the changing phases of the business cycle to equip readers to better understand the wider market environment both now and in the future.

Roberts provides students of entrepreneurship with everything they need to know to excel in understanding the financial environment and its effect on small business.


'This book reflects the accumulated knowledge of someone who really knows about the nitty-gritty of small business finance from working for 30 years for Barclays Bank, whilst writing top quality academic papers and being a major influence on policy. Nobody knows more and I urge you read it.' - David Storey, Professor, School of Business Management and Economics, The University of Sussex, UK

'A number of us have been waiting for this book for a long time. It provides a unique insight into SME finance. It is well written and makes an important contribution to the SME policy and research literature.' - Robin Jarvis, Special Adviser to Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Professor of Accounting, Brunel University, UK

Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Context 1. Defining Small and Entrepreneurial Business Finance 2. Why is Lending to - or Investing in - a Small Firm Difficult? 3. External Finance Products used by Small and Entrepreneurial Firms Part II: Product Review 4. Structured Debt: Term loans and commercial mortgages 5. Cash-Flow Products: Overdraft and business credit cards 6. Factoring and Invoice Discounting 7. Leasing 8. Equity Part III: A Longer Term View 9. The use of External Finance over time: Escalators and roller-coasters 10. Current and Future Trends in Finance for Small and Entrepreneurial Businesses Appendix I: Case Studies in External Finance Appendix II: International Data


About the Author

Richard Roberts is Hon. Professor at Birmingham University Business School, UK. Prior to this, he researched small businesses issues at Barclays for 30 years. During this period, Professor Roberts was a member of the BIS/HMT Small Firms Advisory Panel and the BBA Business Finance Taskforce. As well as his current Professorship, Richard is consultant to a number of public and private bodies, including the Treasury Select Committee, and holds an MBE for services to UK Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.

About the Series

Routledge Masters in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship occupies a central position in the business disciplines, whilst entrepreneurs' contributions to the global economy is widely acknowledged. In light of this importance, entrepreneurship education plays a key role in delivering employable graduates across the academy. This textbook series provides relatively short, accessible textbooks on a range of entrepreneurship topics.

Collectively, the series is a valuable resource for students of entrepreneurship, helping them gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary entrepreneurial concepts. Individually, each text provides essential reading for a core entrepreneurship topic. A range of consistent pedagogical features are used throughout the texts, highlighting the practical importance of theoretical concepts.

Specialist, postgraduate students of entrepreneurship will find the series to be the ideal starting point for their studies, whilst non-specialist students looking to understand new ventures and entrepreneurial thinking will gain much value across these books.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship



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