The Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) has said that brokers can achieve 50 per cent of commercial and business lending origination.
The FBAA's executive director Peter White said that brokers in Australia "have every opportunity to follow markets like the UK [where brokers have around 70 per cent market share] and dramatically increase origination market share".
He said: “The high level of professionalism and best practice engaged in Australia under our regulations, and genuine concerns for skilled conduct producing best outcomes for borrowers, is a recipe for more and more borrowers using brokers.”
As an advisory board member for the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA), Mr White said that opportunities exist for brokers in the small business sector to improve the service they currently provide.
He added that he believes broker services are underutilised.
“Many brokers are very proficient at business and commercial lending, but they need stronger knowledge skill-sets that deepen their understanding of how those loans function within business markets.
“If you are dealing with a borrower who is in an aged care facility, you need to understand the aged care market and its needs. Same with hoteliers, restauranteurs and motel owners, so you can speak their language and gain their respect.
“When you actually know their industry and market, you will own the right to their business,” he said.
As such, the FBAA will be conducting a Commercial & Business Lending Masterclass series this year via the FBAA's Commercial & Equipment Finance Committee, chaired by Vow Financial’s head of commercial and leasing, Glenn Mitchell.
“This series will give brokers the skills to be expert professionals in this area of lending without being bank specific and is a unique series to the broker market,” said Mr Mitchell.
Details of the masterclass are yet to be released.