Leaseurope is conducting a series of roundtable meetings across Europe to discuss leasing as a key source of finance for SMEs.

The first roundtable was held on 15 December 2015 in Milan, organised by Leaseurope’s Italian Member ‘Associazione Italiana Leasing’ (ASSILEA). More roundtables in other European countries are planned in 2016.

A statement said that the aim of the meetings were to explore national SME financing landscapes and improve the understanding of leasing as a valuable form of investment finance, as well as identifying any potential obstacles hindering its use by local SMEs and how these could be tackled at national, and ultimately European, levels.

Leaseurope promised the outcomes of the discussions would be published as a series of national case studies and summary reports.

Leon Dhaene, director general of Leaseurope, said that: "Leasing to SMEs remains a core focus area of Leaseurope’s research programme, which has been instrumental in building a comprehensive dataset and gathering market intelligence on this key client segment for our industry.

"I believe leveraging the findings at European level and acting locally through our Member Associations are equally important. By initiating these national roundtables, Leaseurope again contributes to the debate on SME access to finance and provides various SME stakeholders and policy makers with valuable evidence showing that leasing is a crucial form of finance for SMEs."