DJ finance offers a flexible and accessible alternative to outright purchase. But as is the case with all types of finance, there are pros and cons to consider.
For many startups, the quest to gain the investment of a wealthy mentor feels a little “Great Expectations”, but it can make a small business soar.
It’s a co-working company sweeping the world, but now WeWork is putting its money where its mouth is and handing out millions of pounds through business grants.
OakNorth has appointed a new CFO as it approaches the £500m lending milestone, while it plans to unlock access to finance for many more entrepreneurs this year.
Amidst the array of challenges that SMEs in the UK face, such as securing investment, outpacing competitors and growing a customer base, the biggest obstacle to growth for 54 per cent of UK SMEs is a shortage of cash.
At the end of UK Crowdfunding Week, it’s a chance to reflect on why this form of funding has become so popular for entrepreneurs.
On the surface, HSBC’s announcement of its largest funding commitment to date for UK SMEs may seem astounding. It is well known that since the financial crisis banks have been lending less to small businesses, hence the rise of alternative finance.
Barclays has inked a deal with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to create Angel Hubs, a series of incubators that will provide companies in scale-up mode with access to funding and mentoring opportunities.
The growth of equity crowdfunding has been observed by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which proposed that the funding method can solve ongoing failures surrounding entrepreneurial finance.
Seemingly it's good news for the UK's SMEs as data from VC firm Albion Ventures has revealed that access to finance opportunities have grown considerably in 2015.
The current popular startup narrative is all about hopping from one round of funding to the next, pursuing massive growth or exploding in a spectacular fireball if you don’t make it in time. One startup owner reveals how he weathered the storm when funding wasn't available.
George Osborne's Autumn Statement on 25 November once again focussed on the ‘march of the makers’, but what about the nation’s creators working in the £76.9bn creative economy?