Effective Working Capital Management in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)

Kehinde James Sunday


The need to main effective working capital management within Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)
remain pivotal to solvency and liquidity of SMES. Most SMES do not care about their working capital position,
most have only little regard for their working capital position and most do not even have standard credit policy.
Many do not care about their financial position, they only run business, and they mostly focus on cash receipt
and what their bank account position is. For the purpose of this study, Standard working capital ratios were used
to measure the effectiveness of working capital in the selected firms. The firms selected show signs of
overtrading and illiquidity, concerns was on profit maximization without taken cognizance of payment of
creditors. The firms exhibit low debt recovery over credit payment. It is recommended that for SMEs to survive
within Nigeria economy they must design a standard credit policy and ensure good financial report and control
system. They must give adequate cognizance to the management of their working capital to ensure continuity,
growth and solvency.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ijbm.v6n9p271

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