How to Communicate Effectively With Investors

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Fundraising for your business is rarely a walk in the park. It’s a tough process, regardless of the industry you’re in, it can take up vast amounts of time, and more often than not, ends in failure.

Communicating effectively with investors will really boost your chances of success, so we asked funding expert, John Auckland, to reveal which buttons you need to press to get investors onboard. (more…)

5 Reasons Why You Should Crowdfund in 2019 (and How to Get Started)

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There’s never been a better time to start or grow a business in the UK, with more funding options and tax incentives (for companies and investors) than ever before.

Crowdfunding is an option that more businesses are turning to, so if you’re looking to turn a great entrepreneurial idea into a reality, or to scale your business to the next level, here are five reasons why you should consider equity crowdfunding, plus some practical advice on how to succeed with your campaign; (more…)

5 Ways to Unlock Finance for Your Start-Up Business

How to get funding for your startup business

Everybody understands that starting up a business from scratch is not a simple process or an easy challenge to take on. Regardless of how lofty your ambitions are or whether you’re aiming to establish yourself as a sole trader or as a the boss of a burgeoning new enterprise, finding access to initial and early-stage sources of finance is a vitally important step along the way towards sustainability and success.

Here’s a look at some of the most commonplace and most viable routes to finance currently available to startup businesses. (more…)

How to Get Funding Fast: The Quickest Routes to Finance for SMEs

Finding business funding fast

When you need to find business funding fast, what are your options and what are the quickest ways for you to secure more finance?

We talk you through the most viable fast funding options for SMEs who need finance in a hurry, and include practical tips on how to ensure your funding application goes as swiftly and smoothly as possible. (more…)

How to Build the Perfect Pitch Deck for Raising Funds

How to create a great pitch deck to raise funding

Most entrepreneurs really struggle to bring in investment without the proper tools to bolster their proposition. An engaging pitch deck is a key part of any successful fundraising strategy, so it’s vital to get it right.

With no clear consensus on what a great pitch deck for raising funds looks like, we asked funding expert, John Auckland to share the insight he has gleaned from a series of successful fundraisings. (more…)

Short term business loans – when to consider using them

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Like many people, you may have always dreamed of starting your own business. Being your own boss, making your own hours and realising your own vision are all common reasons people decide to start a business in the first place.

A lack of funds can hold you back from taking the plunge, but now more than ever, a variety of options exist to help fund your vision and turn it into a reality. (more…)

Guide to Alternative Business Funding

Guide to ALternative Funding for Businesses

Finding a business loan used to be a pretty black and white affair. You’d call up your local bank and book an appointment, wait a few weeks (or months) and then sit down with the bank manager, explain why your business needed some money, and hope that you’d caught them after their morning coffee.

Since the birth of Alternative Finance, however, getting your hands on funding to grow your business has become a lot easier, but equally, a whole lot more complicated. This guide will explore the various different types of alternative finance out there, help you decide whether it’s a viable route for you, and how to prepare your business to raise finance. (more…)

How Late Payments Affect Your Credit Score

how missed payments affect your credit rating

There may come a point where you end up missing a repayment for a loan or credit card that you have taken out, perhaps as a result of an unexpected financial emergency, or maybe just simply not having kept a track of your finances that month.

One of your first thoughts will be how quickly you can rectify the situation and pay the lender back, but have you also considered that this late payment could affect your credit score negatively? All The Lenders takes a look at how this works, as well as what you can do to also minimise the impact. (more…)

Equity v Rewards Crowdfunding: Which is Best for Me?

Equity and Rewards crowdfunding compared

Put simply, Rewards Crowdfunding is the practice of giving lower cost or exclusive items as rewards to early adopters in return for their backing, while Equity Crowdfunding involves selling shares in your business.

To help you understand more about the pros and cons of Rewards and Equity Crowdfunding, and the key points for success, we asked crowdfunding expert, John Auckland of TribeFirst to explain more. (more…)

Credit Score Myths Debunked

credit score myths

There are a number of different myths surrounding credit scores, making it difficult to truly understand what it is you need to know and what you should be doing in order to boost yours.

In this guide we cover the most commonly spoken about myths, and debunk them one by one. (more…)

Why Crowdfunding Heralds a New Power, & What this Means for Small Businesses

crowdfunding - more power to businesses

Look around at the world’s many unpredictable events and it could not be clearer that our political, and social, tectonics plates are shifting.

Fueled by the digital revolution of young technology adoptees who are now reaching adulthood, it is unsurprising that the connected generation is favouring the peer-to-peer model over outdated intermediaries. (more…)

Guide to Cash Flow Management

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Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, and managing it effectively can mean the difference between make or break.

When we refer to cash flow management, we’re talking about making sure there is enough cash available to cover all your outgoing expenses. If your outgoings are more than your sales and you run out of cash to pay staff or suppliers, your business will risk insolvency. (more…)

How the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Can Help You Raise Funding for Growth

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is designed to help smaller, risky businesses raise funding to fuel growth.

Early-stage businesses can find it difficult to secure investment, so the EIS was set up to encourage more investors to back fledgling businesses by offering generous tax-breaks.

To help you see whether the EIS could help you raise funding for your business, we asked award-winning chartered tax adviser, Jonathan Amponsah CTA FCCA to explain how it works. (more…)

How the new EIS Guidelines impact crowdfunding

Crowdfunding new HMRC EIS Guidelines

When it comes to start-up investment, the UK has some of the best tax relief schemes anywhere in the world.

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), along with its earlier-stage sibling the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), offer protection of investments in UK start-ups. If the business fails, investors can claim up to 80% of the investment as tax relief against their income tax bill. (more…)

How You Can Use Asset Finance to Grow Your Business

asset finance to help you start and grow your business

Whether you’re starting a business, or taking it to the next level, the right finance can be a significant factor in driving growth.

Perhaps the growth of your business depends upon the purchase of new equipment to enable you to increase capacity, provide additional services, or win a particular new contract. In that case, asset finance could be the key to unlocking your growth potential. (more…)

How to Finance Your Business

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There are several ways to finance a business. These include bank loans, finance from independent lenders, and crowdfunding. Your capability of financing your business depends on convincing somebody else to invest in your idea and you. (more…)

How to Prepare your Business for Crowdfunding

Raising finance for your busienss through crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is often seen as an easy route to raising money, but a major factor often overlooked is that it only works for certain types of businesses.

This article explores what those businesses that suit crowdfunding typically look like, and for companies that don’t fit the mould, suggests some steps you can take to make your venture more attractive to crowdfunding investors. (more…)

5 Key Facts businesses need to know about Open Banking

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Open Banking is here and is about to transform competition in the banking and funding arenas.

Since 13 January 2018 nine of the largest banks in the UK are governed by the new regulations introduced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

But what exactly is Open Banking, and how does it affect businesses across the UK? Here are five key facts you need to know about Open Banking: (more…)

A Start-Up’s Guide to the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

Finding investors to support fledgling business

One of the biggest obstacles to growth for start-up businesses is investment. Investors are often reluctant to commit their money to a new business with a promising idea but no track record of success.

Fortunately the Government lent a helping hand in 2012, and introduced the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to help smaller, riskier companies attract investors willing to take a punt on a bright idea becoming a successful business. (more…)

A Guide to business credit cards and using them as a short term funding solution

pros and cons of funding your business with credit card

There’s a huge variety of finance solutions available to small businesses these days, and each have their own pros and cons.

What works for one business may not work for another, and you may use a number of different products to finance your cashflow, short-term projects, or long-term growth plans.

Many companies find business credit cards useful for the short-term end of the spectrum, and while you wouldn’t necessarily use one to pay for larger purchases, they can be a good tool for day-to-day spending, expense tracking, and perhaps emergency cashflow needs. (more…)

Revolving Credit Facility – The Short-Term Funding Solution Every Small Business Owner Should Know About

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They might not have the catchiest name — but revolving credit facilities are one of the most useful types of business finance available.

Here’s everything you need to know about revolving credit facilities, and how they could help you fund your business. (more…)

5 Types of finance to help Christmas cash flow

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Christmas can be a challenging time for many businesses, whether it’s your busiest time of year or a seasonal slump in trading.

Either way, lots of small businesses find that short-term finance can provide the boost needed to cover short term cash flow issues. Here are 5 funding options that can do this for you; (more…)

Invoice Finance – What is it and How Can it Help My Business?

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Invoice finance is an umbrella term for two distinct forms of business funding called invoice discounting and invoice factoring.

It’s likely you’ll have heard of these alternative types of business finance before, but without knowing exactly how they work, you might dismiss them as just another financial product that you and your business don’t need. However, there are real benefits to these products, so here is what every business owner should know about invoice finance. (more…)

How to Attract Investors to Your Tech Start-Up

ow to attract investors to back your tech business

Venture capital money going into technology companies in the UK is at an all-time high. A year post-Brexit referendum, British tech firms attracted £2.4bn in funding.

To date this year, UK fintech companies alone have seen £825m of VC investment. So, what do investors look for in tech start-ups and how do you get a slice of this funding for your technology venture? (more…)

Asset Finance – A Guide for Small Business Owners

Getting finance for your business is no longer just a case of approaching your high street bank manager and asking for a loan. The market is now much more varied, and boasts a huge range of products which have been tailored for more specific purposes. This means it’s easier than ever to find funding that fits your business – if you know where to look.

Asset finance is one such funding solution, but what exactly is asset finance and is it a good option for your business? (more…)

The way to get paid – 12-Step Action Plan to stop customers from paying you late

12 Steps to getting paid

Dealing with late payment can be tricky for small and medium sized businesses. Handle it wrong and a customer could be lost, ignore the issue and it can stifle business growth, have a huge impact on cash flow and even cause a company to go bust.

Staggering figures published in a government paper, revealed that small businesses spend around 130 hours a year chasing late payments, equating to an average cost of £1,500 per business.

The problem is endemic with two thirds of SMEs suffering according to research by the IOD, but follow this 12-Step plan and you’ll be able to minimise the damage late payment causes your business.

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Business Funding – What to Do When the Bank Says “NO”

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If you have approached your bank and found it difficult to secure the funds your business requires, you’re in good company. Banks are declining up to 50% of loan requests from some smaller businesses.

Banks’ lending decisions have very little to do with you or the prospects of your business. And their outdated processes and high costs of capital make it difficult for them to lend to smaller businesses.

Business owners are also being frustrated by the inability of banks to provide flexible forms of credit to businesses. This is highlighted by the fact that the availability of business overdrafts, long a favorite tool for businesses to smooth cash flow, has shrunk by more than 30%.

So where else can you get funding for your business?

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How to Choose the Right Business Loan

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There are lots of things to think about if you’re considering taking out a business loan. The UK’s business lending market includes a wide range of providers offering subtly different types of business loans.

Some are aimed at a particular type of business, or companies of a certain size or those operating in a specific sector. With a wide range of business loans available it’s important to understand the different options you have when it comes to borrowing money to fund your business.

Here are some of the key considerations you need to bear in mind when sourcing a business loan for your business. (more…)

6 Things you need to know before trying to raise funding through Alternative Finance

raise funding through alternative finance

Since the recession of 2008/2009, there has been a significant reduction in the ability of banks to lend to British SMEs.

Whilst mainstream finance is still great for some businesses, many banks now have lending criteria that small businesses are unable to fulfill.

Fortunately, ‘alternative finance’ can offer a viable substitute for entrepreneurs looking for innovative and flexible ways to fund their business growth.

But before blindly assuming alternative finance is the answer to all your financial woes, there are six things you need to understand before you approach an alternative finance provider looking for funding. (more…)

What are the dangers of overtrading?

Business is a complicated old game sometimes. Just when you think you’ve got your head round one thing, you realise there’s another rule you didn’t know about!

Here’s a good example. Did you know it’s possible to get your business into serious financial trouble by selling too much?
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