Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Financing: A Review of Literature

Abdulaziz M. Abdulsaleh, Andrew C. Worthington


There is no doubt that access to finance is of crucial importance for the ongoing and sustainable growth and
profitability of small and medium enterprises sector (SMEs) through its role in facilitating the creation of new
businesses and nurturing the innovation process as well as promoting the growth and development of existing
businesses, which in turn, boost national economic growth. The main motive of this paper is that SMEs
significantly differ from large firms in terms of their financial decisions and behaviour. Hence, the purpose of
this paper is to review the literature on the various financing sources of SMEs taking into account the effects of
both SME characteristics and those of the owner–managers on SME financial behaviour.

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