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The Public Provision of Sales Contingent Contracts as a Policy Response to Financial Constraints to Innovation in European SMEs

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  • Stoneman, Paul

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    (University of Warwick)

  • Canepa, Alessandra

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    (University of York)

  • Kaivanto, Kim

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It is argued that in Europe (and elsewhere) governments intervene actively to stimulate the SME sector, and because SMEs face financial constraints in particular, governments encourage the provision of debt and venture capital to such firms. We discuss a particular form of finance - funding secured only on a claim written on sales, i.e. Sales Contingent Claim (SCC) backed finance - that offers a different risk-repayment profile to debt and equity instruments which will be attractive to many firms. We argue that if such financing were available it would further stimulate SME growth and innovation. However, for various reasons SCC-backed financial instruments are not available to SMEs on the market. We recommend the correction of this market incompleteness by the introduction of a scheme providing SCC-backed corporate finance for SMEs in higher risk (higher tech) sectors. This is not a recommendation of a subsidy for SMEs. We illustrate the workability of such schemes by looking at existing examples (aimed at project finance for larger firms) and also discuss other practical issues

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Paper provided by United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies in its series EIFC - Technology and Finance Working Papers with number 38.

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Keywords: Small and Medium Enterprises; Finance; Technological Change; Government Policy;

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