Business owners look elsewhere after sluggish response for bank loans

The sluggish response by banks in approving loans during the Covid-19 outbreak is leading business owners to look elsewhere according to new research published today, which also highlights the value of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.

The research, commissioned by Encompass Corporation, shows that four in 10 businesses are planning to change their banking provider due to the slow support that has been offered throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Know Your Customer (KYC) RegTech software provider found that 41 per cent of companies were looking to make a switch due to the poor level of services delivered during the crisis.

The data, which was obtained via a survey of 200 business decision makers in large and medium-sized companies, and conducted by independent polling company Censuswide, also revealed that 42 per cent admitted to waiting over two weeks for a business loan application from their current banking provider.

Additionally, 46 per cent have noticed significant delays in their bank’s onboarding process since the start of lockdown. 

Almost half (49 per cent) of business decision makers also revealed that their bank has yet to directly offer financial support during the Covid-19 crisis, and 40 per cent agreed that their bank’s online digital services and support around Covid-19 has been poor.

Slow progress

The impact of slow onboarding, application and compliance processes on companies can be severe, and Encompass found that 45 per cent of companies are planning to make redundancies due to a lack of revenue in the coming months. 

Wayne Johnson, CEO, Encompass Corporation commented: “The COVID-19 crisis has had a big impact on all sectors of British industry, especially financial services. In fact, many banks are being forced to run a skeleton crew of remote workers, and a number are still operating outdated legacy IT systems, which are unable to cope with the influx in demand for banking services.

“This move from on-premises to remote working has underlined the value of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. Standard, out of the box solutions can be up and running in a matter of days and be easily accessed remotely, via computers or mobile devices, without having to contend with firewall issues – something that has posed a significant challenge to many organisations.

These factors could make all the difference when migrating employees to our ‘new normal’ and ensuring they have the data and systems they need to work effectively at their fingertips.

Moving forward, finance professionals and institutions must continue to implement the necessary regulatory and automation technology in order to ease their workload and speed-up processes for clients and consumers.

The right RegTech can improve efficiency and accuracy of administrative tasks, such as KYC checks and onboarding processes, and free-up all-important staff time to ensure all businesses and individuals can get instant and easy access to financial services at a time when they need it most.”



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