The Geographies of Access to Enterprise Finance: The Case of the West Midlands, UK [Les géographies de l'accès au financement des entreprises: Étude de cas de la région des West Midlands, au Royaume-Uni]

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The geographies of access to enterprise finance: the case of the West Midlands, UK, Regional Studies. Whilst there is a long history of credit rationing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, the financial crisis has seen banks retreat further from lending to viable SMEs due to a reassessment of risk and lack of available capital. In so doing, the credit crunch is thought to be creating new geographies of financial exclusion. This paper explores the financial inclusion of enterprise through community development finance institutions (CDFIs) which provide loan finance to firms at the commercial margins in the West Midlands, UK. The paper concludes that CDFIs could partially address the financial exclusion of enterprise as an additional, alternative source of finance to that of mainstream banks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)868-879
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2013



  • financial crisis
  • financial exclusion
  • community development
  • enterprise

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