Supply chain finance strategy for SME
What they askedOur client is the Dutch Government. Since the crisis, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) in the Netherlands are struggling to secure funding for their working capital. The Dutch Government wants to investigate how Supply Chain Finance (SCF) could help provide an additional source of funding. Therefore, they have defined four main questions to be answered:
- What is the economic rationale behind Supply Chain Finance?
- How does the SCF adoption in the Netherlands compare to other EU countries?
- Should the Dutch Government stimulate the adoption of SCF for the benefit of SMEs?
- If so, how would they go about doing this?
What we didWe had extensive discussions with three main stakeholder groups to learn from their experiences:
- Corporates: both those who currently have SCF programs and those without;
- SME: those participating in programs, those who have been offered participation, and those unfamiliar with the instrument;
- Subject matter experts from across Europe: financial institutions, academics and SCF solution providers.
In addition, we made a quantitative analysis of the current status and future potential of SCF in the Netherlands.