Financial Fragmentation and Challenges for SMEs' Financing

The Essex Finance Centre warmly invites you to attend this workshop on financing fragmentation and the challenges for SMEs' financing which is being held at the Essex Business School.

After a long period of harmonisation and integration of banking markets in Europe, the recent crises inevitably brought about a change in priorities and resulted in weakened cross-border inter-bank lending and greater home-biased asset portfolio of banks.

This workshop gives opportunities for leading academics and policy makers to discuss the effects of Brexit and fragmentation of banking markets on SMEs’ financing. New challenges and opportunities of SMEs’ financing are also discussed in light of the EU policy agenda that includes the creation of a Capital Markets Union.


Download the workshop programme

Keynote Speakers

Policy Keynote

Angela Maddaloni, Adviser in the Financial Research Division, European Central Bank

Academic Keynote

Professor Marc Cowling, Professor of Business Economics, University of  Derby

Workshop Details

Research Paper Presenters

Industry Session

 Challenges for SMEs after Brexit



Organisers and Scientific Committee 


Scientific Committee

Organising Research Centres

Essex Finance Centre, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Credit Research Centre, Business School, University of Edinburgh


This event is sponsored by the British Academy


This workshop takes place at Colchester Campus. Colchester is an hour away from London by train. 

Further details on how to get to us can be found on the University of Essex, Colchester Campus webpage.


For any enquires about this conference please contact efic@essex.ac.uk 

Professor Claudia Giradone Professor of Banking and Finance and Director of Research
Essex Business School
Telephone: 01206 87 4156

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