SMEs unaware of savings rates and missing out on millions of pounds

POSTED: 3rd June 2015
IN: Newsroom

Aldermore become first bank to provide independent business savings rate-checking tool

New research from Aldermore shows almost a quarter of SMEs (24 per cent) don’t know what interest rate their business is currently receiving on their surplus funds. A further 23 per cent admit their business receives 0 per cent interest.

Despite receiving low amounts of interest, the figures also show many SMEs are regularly reviewing their surplus funds. The research found that businesses do regularly think about the best home for their surplus funds with six out of every ten (62%) reviewing their accounts at least once a year. But the survey suggests that many SMEs are simply not shopping around to get the best deal or find the process too much of a hassle.

The research, which surveyed more than 1,000 UK SMEs, found that of those businesses with surplus funds, over four in ten (41 per cent) hold the majority of their surplus funds in a business current account, whereas 35 per cent keeps theirs in a business savings account. These findings follow earlier Aldermore research which found that 9 out of ten SMEs (91%) who have a business savings account hold it with the same provider as their current account.

With the latest figures from the BBA shows cash held by SMEs in current and deposit accounts totals £152 billion*, the latest research highlights that small British businesses are missing out on millions of pounds in lost interest every year.

The main findings include:

  • The average interest rate received on surplus funds is 0.60 per cent;
  • 51 per cent of SMEs receive between 0 – 0.5 per cent, 23 per cent of these receive 0 per cent; and
  • 26 per cent of SMEs review their accounts more than once every six months and 12% once every six months. 11% admit they never review their accounts.
  • 20 per cent of SMEs do not have any surplus funds

To improve the information available to the UK’s time-poor SMEs, today sees the launch of Aldermore’s SME Rate Checker. Working with Savings Champion, the new independent service uniquely available on Aldermore’s website allows SMEs to check the rates of 91 savings institutions to see the current rate of interest being earned on their current or business savings in just a few clicks. The process, which takes a matter of seconds, then gives a comparison to what they could be earning at Aldermore.

Commenting on today’s news service, Simon Healy, Managing Director of Savings at Aldermore said:

It is clear many SMEs are not getting the most out of their surplus funds. While the interest rate should be the first thing you should know about your account, businesses regularly tell us that it really isn’t as straightforward as it should be to find out what they’re earning.

“To those businesses who don’t know their rates or who don’t shop around, I urge them to take just a few moments to take a look. With our SME Rate Checker, it is easy to do in moments what can sometimes be an onerous task with some providers.”

“We believe it should be really easy for customers to find something as fundamental as the interest rate they are earning on their spare cash. This is why we’ve teamed up with Savings Champion to offer the UK’s first SME Rate Checker tool, to make it as easy for SMEs banking with any provider to find the rate they’re earning on their hard-earned cash as it already is for Aldermore customers.”

Sue Hannums, Director at Savings Champion added:

“We’re pleased to be working with such an innovative provider in Aldermore. The Bank has become a key provider bringing much needed competition to the business savings market and today’s SME Rate Checker is will only benefit business savers further.”


For further information, journalists can contact:

Adam Taylor, Cicero Group

Phone:                      020 7297 5971


Notes to Editors:

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,066 decision makers from British small business. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th April – 13th 2015. The survey was carried out online.

* BBA Bank support for SMEs – 1st Quarter 2015 data can be found here. 

The SME Rate Checker can be found here

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