Raising Finance

Getting funding can be a challenge and alternative finance may seem like a godsend to growing businesses – but there are funding pitfalls, and if you don’t get it right, it can be an expensive mistake. 

This section provides advice on which funding option is right for your business by speaking with finance providers and experts, as well as showcasing businesses that have been through the process and keeping tabs on finance news.

Is crowdfunding, venture capital, private equity right for you? What about debt options like bank loans or asset-based finance? Which funding option is right for your business? This section helps you navigate the complexities of SME funding, whether through debt or equity financing.

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Seeking investment: How high do female founders score?

There are more women in business than ever before, but how easy is it for them to seek investment and what holds them back? We find out the answers through the latest research and via testimonies from female founders and male investors alike.

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What is crowdfunding and how does it work?

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SME Funding Guide: Know your debt finance options

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How to get a secured business loan

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How to get an unsecured business loan

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How to get invoice financing

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How to make your business attractive for SME debt funding

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How to get Start-Up Loans

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How to get a flexible line of credit

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