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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Tightening financial regulations leaves SMEs out in the cold

British politics has never been more newsworthy, but it's about more than entertainment for SMEs, who should be keeping up with politics to prepare for the future.

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By Annie May Noonan

Smart SMEs need to cover basic costs themselves before they look for funding

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Online money-making hacks for the new generation of entrepreneurs

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Female SME founders: Know your grant options, whatever industry you're in

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What makes angel investors invest?

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Debt finance needn't be dangerous

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Top tips for accessing finance – a guide for UK SMEs

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Have SMEs outgrown banks? How alternatives are meeting SME needs

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Microfinance is both innovative and charitable – more SMEs should try it

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3 businesses that smashed crowdfunding goals and what we can learn from them

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How Wright & Bell acquired a popular Soho restaurant

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A balance of strengths, skills and experience: How to successfully float on AIM

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