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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.

Invoice Financing: a New Funding Frontier

Invoice Financing: a New Funding Frontier

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Invoice Financing: a New Funding Frontier

A slew of tech startups have turned the invoice financing sector on its head. But what does it mean for the future of small business funding?

Metro Bank Business Loans

Metro Bank Business Loans

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Metro Bank Business Loans

Metro Bank business accounts and loans challenge the services offered by the big banks. Here's a quick look at if they're the right fit for your growing business

Peer-to-Peer Finance (P2P) and Funding Circle

Peer-to-Peer Finance (P2P) and Funding Circle

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Peer-to-Peer Finance (P2P) and Funding Circle

We explore why alternative finance and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms like Funding Circle are getting businesses and the government so excited

The One With All the Crowdsourcing...

The One With All the Crowdsourcing...

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The One With All the Crowdsourcing...

How you can use crowdfunding to successfully grow your business and establish buzz around your brand

Barclays Bank Loans

Barclays Bank Loans

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Barclays Bank Loans

Is a Barclays business loan right for your small business? Find out how much you can borrow and what you need to do to prepare for the lending application.

Lloyds Business Loans

Lloyds Business Loans

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Lloyds Business Loans

Lloyds Bank business loans and Lloyds Bank commercial finance are available for SMEs. Read this article to figure out if they're right for your business.

What's Debt to Equity Ratio?

What's Debt to Equity Ratio?

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What's Debt to Equity Ratio?

Debt to equity ratio is one important indicator of a company's financial stability. Learn how to calculate your score and what it means for your business

Why Mobile Banking Really Matters

Why Mobile Banking Really Matters

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Why Mobile Banking Really Matters

Mobile payments have become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. We explore how mobile banking works and the financial implications for consumers

Your Small Business… On Mobile

Your Small Business… On Mobile

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Your Small Business… On Mobile

Apple’s NFC offering – Apple Pay – has opened a new, broad consciousness to a future of card-less, cash-less payment. The space isn’t empty, though.

​How to Add a New Shareholder

​How to Add a New Shareholder

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​How to Add a New Shareholder

Find out how to add a shareholder to your company and how to invest in a firm by buying shares. Before you do anything, read our guide.

The Financial Revolution

The Financial Revolution

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The Financial Revolution

Get the key facts and figures about the rapid growth of fintech on a global scale to understand exactly why industry leaders are so excited for the future

Peer-to-Peer Lenders in the UK

Peer-to-Peer Lenders in the UK

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Peer-to-Peer Lenders in the UK

With peer-to-peer lending growing in popularity among businesses seeking new investors for funding, we take a look at some of the top P2P lenders in the UK

Security on a Loan: Mortgages, and Fixed and Floating Charges

Security on a Loan: Mortgages, and Fixed and Floating Charges

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Security on a Loan: Mortgages, and Fixed and Floating Charges

Security against business loans comes in different forms, here we explain mortgages, and how fixed and floating charges work.

The (Not So) Silent Revolution...

The (Not So) Silent Revolution...

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The (Not So) Silent Revolution...

Entrepreneurs in the industry have taken lessons from Silicon Valley and are trying to disrupt a millennia old banking industry by focusing on customers.

5 Steps to Protecting Your Credit Rating

5 Steps to Protecting Your Credit Rating

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5 Steps to Protecting Your Credit Rating

Credit rating can have a huge effect on your ability to secure vital funding for your business. Here are five simple steps to improve your credit rating

How to Look After Your Credit Rating

How to Look After Your Credit Rating

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How to Look After Your Credit Rating

Your credit rating can be a major factor when it comes to getting business funding. We answer your questions on how a credit rating is looked at by lenders

Santander Business Loans

Santander Business Loans

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Santander Business Loans

Here's our guide to Santander's business loans. Learn about the Santander finance products available to you, plus the pros and cons of bank business loans

How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

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How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

Knowing how to forecast your profits is essential to small business. We share the basics of putting together an annual forecast.

How to Find and Apply for a Government Grant

How to Find and Apply for a Government Grant

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How to Find and Apply for a Government Grant

Searching for government grants for small business is a lengthy process, but the government's search tool and advice is easy to access.

Finding Small Business Loans

Finding Small Business Loans

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Finding Small Business Loans

Getting a small business loan is a common way of funding a startup or growing your business. But you need to do the groundwork first.