The Lending Standards Board (LSB) and the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs Business Debtline, have today published a report that explores the impact of vulnerable circumstances on people who run small businesses.

The report draws on insight gathered from LSB registered firms, as well as interviews with money advisers and clients of Business Debtline, the UK’s only dedicated free debt advice service for small business owners. The research found that there is often a direct link between a business’s financial difficulties and the person running the business experiencing some form of vulnerable circumstance, such as a mental health problem or serious illness.

Given the importance of small businesses to the UK economy, understanding the nature and impact of vulnerability in this context is crucial. The report finds that while progress is being made, there is more that can be done to support business customers in vulnerable circumstances. The findings aim to stimulate discussion in this area and enhance firms’ understanding of how vulnerability affects their business customers.

Firms are being encouraged to undertake a gap analysis to assess potential improvements to their policies and processes in the five key areas of policy, identification, support and management, training and monitoring.

 

Click here to read the full press release.

Click here to read the report.