Alternative Finance

There's huge choice of alternative business funding available – read this content to find out more

Alternative funding is an area of business finance that offers loans, investment and other types of support, but without the traditional methods of some of the high street banks. Sources of money include peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, specialist lending and angel investment. We're experts in this area, so read our articles for the low-down.

A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

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A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

If you're a sole trader operating in the UK, it's worth considering the alternative finance options available to you. Here's our guide, covering crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, and more

Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

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Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

Creating your first pitch deck can seem like a daunting task. To help you get started, Mike Sims of ThinkLions shares three ways to leverage your pitch deck to win over investors

The Startup Guide to Business Funding

The Startup Guide to Business Funding

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The Startup Guide to Business Funding

Here’s a quick look at the main funding options available to budding startup founders across the UK, including bank funding, angel investment and government grants

What is Fintech?

What is Fintech?

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What is Fintech?

Here's our view of how fintech works and the impact it's having on the landscape of the UK economy

The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

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The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

The numbers of women in the financial services industry has been a topic of contention for a few years now but, slowly, the tide is changing. Aanisah Begg of Midven takes a look at why

How to Download a Bank Statement

How to Download a Bank Statement

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How to Download a Bank Statement

A simple guide to downloading a bank statement from all of the major banks, including Lloyds, Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Nationwide, Santander and RBS

Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

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Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

The launch of Open Banking in the UK could end the banks' dominance of the financial services sector. But what benefits, if any, will this have for SMEs?

Cryptocurrencies: What Does the Future Hold?

Cryptocurrencies: What Does the Future Hold?

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Cryptocurrencies: What Does the Future Hold?

With more people buying and trading in cryptocurrencies, some have suggested they could eventually replace traditional currency. But how likely is that?

Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

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Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

Is asset-based finance a good fit for your business? This guide examines the pros and cons of factoring, invoice discounting and asset-based lending

Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

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Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

When applying for business funding, you might get quotes for secured and unsecured loans. What's the difference between these two types of business finance?

A Simple Guide to Fleximize

A Simple Guide to Fleximize

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A Simple Guide to Fleximize

A short but sweet introduction to Fleximize for commercial finance brokers, accountants and financial advisers. Quick answers to all your clients' questions

RBS Business Loans

RBS Business Loans

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RBS Business Loans

Here's a quick look at the RBS business loans currently available to UK SMEs, including the RBS small business loan, business overdraft and business credit card

The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

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The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

Crowdfunding has given startups and SMEs an exciting new route to investment, but what are the five best crowdfunding sites for UK businesses?

How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

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How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending are often lumped together, but there's an important distinction between these two types of business finance

The Small Business Guide to Kickstarter

The Small Business Guide to Kickstarter

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The Small Business Guide to Kickstarter

Launching your next product on Kickstarter could be the best and worst thing you ever do. Here's our guide to navigating the crowdfunding minefield

The Lowdown on Revenue Advance

The Lowdown on Revenue Advance

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The Lowdown on Revenue Advance

Revenue Advance is one of the most flexible business loans available to SMEs. But how exactly does it work and what types of business does it suit best?

What is Equipment Leasing?

What is Equipment Leasing?

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What is Equipment Leasing?

Want to invest in new equipment for your small business without compromising cash flow? Equipment leasing could be the answer to your problems

Funding Circle: Leading Peer-to-Peer Lender

Funding Circle: Leading Peer-to-Peer Lender

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Funding Circle: Leading Peer-to-Peer Lender

Find out what the big deal is about Funding Circle, the $1 billion P2P lending platform that offers great business borrowing and investment opportunities

The Changing Face of Trade Finance

The Changing Face of Trade Finance

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The Changing Face of Trade Finance

Trade finance expert looks at the rise of UK exporting, business funding and the future of trade finance

Top 10 Fintech for Small Businesses

Top 10 Fintech for Small Businesses

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Top 10 Fintech for Small Businesses

Top 10 fintech firms offering valuable tools for SMEs, sourced from the prestigious FinTech50 list