Finance & Funding

The latest news on funding and finance options for SMEs

A company can't get far without funding, which is why we're bringing you all the biggest business finance news, including updates on new funding schemes and other key announcements for startups, fast-growing businesses and established companies

Autumn Budget Announced in the Run-up to Brexit

Autumn Budget Announced in the Run-up to Brexit

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Autumn Budget Announced in the Run-up to Brexit

Philip Hammond announces retailer rate cuts, the introduction of UK digital tax, and a two-year fix on VAT threshold in the 2018 Autumn Budget

SMEs Granted Power to Borrow Against Invoices

SMEs Granted Power to Borrow Against Invoices

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SMEs Granted Power to Borrow Against Invoices

Legislation has been put into place to end restrictions on invoice finance for small businesses

FSB Launches Business Funding Platform

FSB Launches Business Funding Platform

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FSB Launches Business Funding Platform

The Federation of Small Businesses has launched the FSB Funding Platform, which gives its members free access to more than 100 business lenders

British Fintech in Buoyant Mood Despite Brexit

British Fintech in Buoyant Mood Despite Brexit

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British Fintech in Buoyant Mood Despite Brexit

Brexit won't impact the UK's position as a world-leading fintech hub. That was the resounding message from The Telegraph Future of Fintech conference

Association of Alternative Business Finance Launched

Association of Alternative Business Finance Launched

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Association of Alternative Business Finance Launched

A group of alternative SME lenders has come together to launch the Association of Alternative Business Finance, which aims to promote industry best practice

Construction Contractors' Late Payment Woes Revealed

Construction Contractors' Late Payment Woes Revealed

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Construction Contractors' Late Payment Woes Revealed

A new report by Funding Options highlights how lengthy payment terms of major developers are having a crushing impact on the cash flow of contractors

Commercial Finance Brokers Warned Over Introducers

Commercial Finance Brokers Warned Over Introducers

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Commercial Finance Brokers Warned Over Introducers

The NACFB has advised commercial finance brokers to check whether their introducers are authorized to make referrals, following recent regulatory changes

Bank Referral Scheme Launched

Bank Referral Scheme Launched

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Bank Referral Scheme Launched

The government's bank referral scheme obliges nine major UK banks to refer small businesses to alternative lenders when they are rejected for finance

‘Nothing has Changed’ for Fintech Following Brexit

‘Nothing has Changed’ for Fintech Following Brexit

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‘Nothing has Changed’ for Fintech Following Brexit

Alternative finance leaders say it’s been business as usual following the EU referendum, but express concern about recruitment for UK fintech startups

‘Social Dining’ Startup VizEat Raises €3.8 Million

‘Social Dining’ Startup VizEat Raises €3.8 Million

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‘Social Dining’ Startup VizEat Raises €3.8 Million

VizEat, the company that allows amateur chefs to host dinner parties and cooking classes, is eyeing up new cities following its latest round of investment

Executive Pay Targeted by Government White Paper

Executive Pay Targeted by Government White Paper

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Executive Pay Targeted by Government White Paper

A new report reveals that FTSE 100 bosses earn 150 times more than employees, and says executive pay should be decided by a ‘shareholders committee’

Retail Banking Set for Shake-Up

Retail Banking Set for Shake-Up

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Retail Banking Set for Shake-Up

The Competition and Marketing Authority criticizes lack of competition in retail banking sector, and vows to create fairer deal for customers and businesses

Verizon to Acquire Yahoo's Web Properties for $4.8 Billion

Verizon to Acquire Yahoo's Web Properties for $4.8 Billion

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Verizon to Acquire Yahoo's Web Properties for $4.8 Billion

Verizon, the US telecoms giant that also owns AOL, acquires Yahoo's web assets for $40 billion less than what Microsoft offered for the company in 2008

Settled Secures £1 Million Investment

Settled Secures £1 Million Investment

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Settled Secures £1 Million Investment

Proptech startup Settled has closed a £1 million seed funding round led by Silicon Valley VC 500 Startups

Government Report Outlines Future of UK Fintech

Government Report Outlines Future of UK Fintech

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Government Report Outlines Future of UK Fintech

Stepping Forward for FinTech report reveals how the UK can become the fintech capital of the world

Chancellor George Osborne Pledges to Cut UK Corporation Tax to 15%

Chancellor George Osborne Pledges to Cut UK Corporation Tax to 15%

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Chancellor George Osborne Pledges to Cut UK Corporation Tax to 15%

George Osborne says UK is still "open for business" following Brexit vote, as he outlines plan to cut corporation tax to lowest rate of all major economies

New Proptech Company Seeks £1 Million to Grow

New Proptech Company Seeks £1 Million to Grow

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New Proptech Company Seeks £1 Million to Grow

New proptech company, Settled, puts the power into the hands of people selling and buying homes. It's also seeking more investment to grow its brand

Spotify Hits 'Play' on $1 Billion Investment

Spotify Hits 'Play' on $1 Billion Investment

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Spotify Hits 'Play' on $1 Billion Investment

Music streaming service Spotify has announced its $1bn debt financing package to challenge Apple Music and Tidal. Have they really got a good deal though?

Selfie Banking App Created for Millennials

Selfie Banking App Created for Millennials

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Selfie Banking App Created for Millennials

Neat – a Hong Kong startup – is banking on using selfies in a more serious way, helping young professional get easy access to their bank account

Osborne Reveals 2016 Budget

Osborne Reveals 2016 Budget

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Osborne Reveals 2016 Budget

Budget 2016: A quick look at news for SMEs and entrepreneurs from George Osborne's April budget announcement