Most small business owners work hard to keep their businesses running smoothly by cutting corners, reducing unwanted expenses and making smart business move. But in all their hard work, most often they forget and undermine the importance of taking care of their business’s credit rating. Creditworthiness plays a big role when you need to look for financing options through business loans or alternative financing sources such as KredX’s invoice discounting services to support or grow your business. In simple terms, a business’s creditworthiness is a valuation performed by these lenders to determine if they are a good fit to be given money to and won’t default any debt. It usually takes factors such as repayment history and credit score into consideration.
The improving SME landscape in India is a testament to the efforts of the government through the years. In the past, applying for funding or availing loans for SME’s was no easy task. To help with this issue, the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Small and Micro Enterprises (CGTMSE) in August, 2000 under the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS). The CGTMSE was introduced with an intention to allay all issues surrounding loans and funding within the small, micro and medium enterprises segment. The scheme sent out directives to banks wherein they were required to sanction loans of up to Rs.1 Crore without collaterals or third party guarantee to SME’s. While the introduction of the scheme brought about some much needed changes within the sector, there were still a number of shortfalls.