Finance and Funding

Tips and advice on finding small business loans and other funding for your enterprise

Most businesses need a bit of help with finance at some stage – whether it's for startup or growth. You might need funding for a dip in revenue or cash flow, or for new equipment or recruitment. In this section we'll explain how to prepare for the process and look at the options from banks, investors, alternative lenders or business grants, and what the implications are for your business.

TSB Business Loans

TSB Business Loans

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TSB Business Loans

TSB offers a range of funding options to businesses who are looking for a boost of working capital. We cover their key products, including the TSB overdraft, credit card and business loan

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?

The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

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The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

The new polymer £5 note was recently introduced by The Bank of England. But what does it mean for money and can it withstand the growth of digital payments?

How to Improve Cash Flow

How to Improve Cash Flow

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How to Improve Cash Flow

Poor cash flow is the biggest cause of small business failure, but there are plenty of ways that business owners can overcome this barrier to growth

Angel Investors: an Introduction

Angel Investors: an Introduction

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Angel Investors: an Introduction

Angel investors are an important part of the business funding landscape in the UK. But what is an angel investor, and how could they benefit your business?

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

Financial Projections: Why They Matter to Investors

Financial Projections: Why They Matter to Investors

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Financial Projections: Why They Matter to Investors

Many entrepreneurs have a brilliant business idea, but fail to back it up with solid financial projections. Why can this ruin their chances of investment?

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

How Revenue-Based Financing Works

How Revenue-Based Financing Works

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How Revenue-Based Financing Works

Revenue-Based Financing is a highly innovative form of business funding, merging aspects of both debt and equity financing. But how exactly does it work?

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

ESIF: How Can Your Business Benefit?

ESIF: How Can Your Business Benefit?

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ESIF: How Can Your Business Benefit?

New ESIF schemes are rolling out in 2016 and beyond. Our expert, Richard Harrison, explains how your business can benefit

Where to Find Small Business Funding

Where to Find Small Business Funding

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Where to Find Small Business Funding

Small business funding can be tricky to find, but this article tells you what's available, with more info in the FREE Ultimate Guide to Business Funding

The Fleximize Mission

The Fleximize Mission

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The Fleximize Mission

The Fleximize Mission is award-winning interactive content for entrepreneurs – the fun, animated games will help you unleash the potential of your business

How the Courts Help with Personal Debt

How the Courts Help with Personal Debt

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How the Courts Help with Personal Debt

You don’t have to tackle your personal debts alone - the courts can help you seek relief

The Ultimate Guide to Business Funding

The Ultimate Guide to Business Funding

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The Ultimate Guide to Business Funding

The Ultimate Guide to Business Funding gives you a comprehensive overview of bank lending, public funds and alternative finance

What’s an SME?

What’s an SME?

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What’s an SME?

The definition of an SME can vary – we give you the micro, small and medium enterprise business criteria from HMRC, the EU, Companies House and others