The UK's largest bank has announced it is setting aside £8bn for lending to small and medium-sized businesses around the UK.
Jeanne and Paul Day wanted a way of getting the taste of real coffee but without the normal preparation time. With their venture, The Real Coffee Bag Company, the couple are hoping to secure early mover status and are using crowdfunding as a mechanism to fund this.
The economy is picking up, businesses are hiring more people and entrepreneurial spirit is rife. So why is it so difficult for startups and small businesses to secure the vital funding they need to prosper?
In turbulent times for business finance, the words "risk" and "funding" are inevitably connected. David Hing looks at what to watch out for in each SME funding option.
No bank bashing in sight: businesses were generally happy with the financial support and advice from their banks in 2012. However, cautions about raising finance in the new year remain.
Business leaders want the UK's challenger banks to be personal, localised and transparent – in other words, back-to-basics banking.
They're challenging the Big Five with a return to face to face banking, with continuity, relationships, and flexibility. Can the rising names of UK banking offer a new form of bank lending?
It's time to take matters into our own hands. Could crowdfunding be used to circumvent the banks and replace the broken instruments that have failed to fix, or even improve, the UK economy?
The City Grump sorts the wheat from the chaff in the debate around alternative funding for business.
The relationship between the mid-market and high street banks is changing, Anthony Cooper finds after speaking to 2,500 FDs.
It's also a crowdfunding platform which aims to make business funding a lot easier. We spoke to CEO and founder Simon Dixon.
Entrepreneurs are choosing bank funding over other forms of finance. Is this a realistic approach?