SME event-driven finance is fast becoming the natural terrain of the alternative finance industry.
A recent study has found that there is something of a perception gap between businesses and investors in terms of what makes a successful scale-up company.
In light of a Danish organisation turning to crowdfunding for its unusual project – to defend the earth from asteroids – Real Business decided to look into some of the other weird things people have taken to Kickstarter for.
The UK's largest bank has announced it is setting aside £8bn for lending to small and medium-sized businesses around the UK.
Alternative fundraising platform Crowdfunder has conducted research which has revealed that Britain's senior citizens are more likely to pledge money on projects than any other age group.
With the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act receiving Royal Assent in March, alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk (ABF) has estimated that the bank referral legislation encompassed in the act could result in £2bn more funding being injected into the SME economy after the first year of implementation.
While previous studies have charted alternative finance in the UK, the market in 2014 at £840m and the year on year growth rate of 90 per cent, EY and the Centre for Alternative Finance at University of Cambridge Judge Business School are the first to cover the whole of Europe in detail.
Online accommodation service Airbnb has become something of a startup incubator, Real Business has discovered – so we've spoken to some of the savvy entrepreneurs who have launched hospitality startups with the funds generated from listing their homes on the marketplace.
Shalini Khemka, CEO of E2Exchange, one of the UK’s leading institutes for entrepreneurs, outlines her views on alternative finance and whether the Government is really doing enough to help SMEs access desperately needed funding.
Small and medium businesses could be missing out on funding due to a lack of awareness about the available alternatives, a survey suggests today.
The post-recession period has seen a number of challenger banks enjoy impressive growth as businesses and consumers began to look beyond the big players.
Funding Circle and Crowdcube, two of Britain's leading alternative finance providers, have each today announced separate multi-million pound funding rounds.