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Crowdfunding – a new alternative for small and start-up businesses looking to raise money

February 9, 2012

Raising business finance is difficult at the best of times but in today’s age of austerity banks, business angels and governments are tightening their belts, cutting off the supply of cash which is leaving start-ups and growing businesses who need seed finance thirsty for money. As a result venture capital is being democratised.

Top 10 business finance tips for start-ups

November 16, 2011

When you are starting a new business you have a million and one things to think about. As a new business owner, many of the issues you will need to tackle, will be completely unfamiliar to you. With so much to do, you will need to learn quickly. If the financial side of the business […]

What are venture capitalists, and how do I attract their interest?

October 8, 2011

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Dragons’ Den – and find me anyone in business who hasn’t watched at least one episode – you’ve seen some venture capitalists in action.

Top tips on how to impress business angels

October 8, 2011

At ByteStart, we have come across hundreds of would-be entrepreneurs over the past decade. We have also had the pleasure of meeting plenty of angel investors and industry insiders. If you have a fledgling business, or an idea that you think you can turn in to a viable business, you might want a business angel […]

What are Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs)?

October 8, 2011

Launched in 1995, shortly after the introduction of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Venture Capital Trusts allow individuals to invest in a range of small unquoted companies and spread their risk. Income tax and capital gains tax (CGT) reliefs are available to investors in VCTs.

Overview of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

October 8, 2011

Created in 1994, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) provides investors with a series of attractive reliefs in return for investing in unquoted companies which may carry a higher degree of risk. How do companies and potential investors qualify to take part in the Scheme?

Valuing a small business – issues for you to consider when selling your company

October 8, 2011

Stock market quoted companies are valued according to widely accepted formulas, however there are no ‘standard’ ways to value small or micro businesses. This can cause real difficulties when it comes to buying and selling a small business, as the buyer and seller often have very different opinions on what the business is worth. With […]

Small business funding – what are the main sources of finance?

October 8, 2011

Most small businesses will, at some stage, seek funding or investment – for growth, starting up, or to see them through a transitional period (or a downturn). In this article, we look at the main sources of funding that are available.

How to choose the best business credit card

October 8, 2011

Many small businesses use credit cards to manage expenses. With such a vast array of offerings in the marketplace, what should you look out for when choosing a business credit card supplier?

How to secure funding to help grow your business

October 8, 2011

Funding is essential for growth, but how do you ensure that you can secure it? Here Kim Farrell, Corporate Finance Partner at Essex-based chartered accountants CBHC LLP, offers some helpful advice.

Business bank loans – an overview for small businesses

October 8, 2011

The availability of bank loans for businesses is a hot topic at all stages of the economic cycle. During downturns, lending can become tightened, while boom times see some businesses take on huge debts in their quest for rapid growth.

How to finance your business the non-Dragons’ Den way

October 8, 2011

While it might be highly entertaining television and gets people talking about business, Dragons’ Den does annoy us here at Bytestart!

How to secure start-up business funding

October 8, 2011

When you’re just starting in business for the first time, getting your hands on the finance you need to get established and begin to grow can be a difficult task.

How to fund your business – Overview

October 8, 2011

One of the least exciting things about starting your own business is getting the finances sorted out (unless you’re an accountant of course). But it is one of the most important tasks. It doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do – if the money runs out, your business is dead.

Top tips for business grants

October 8, 2011

The best business idea is no good if you don’t have the finance to make it a reality. And if you need to get that money from elsewhere, business grants can be a great option. However, you’ll need to convince the provider that you’re worth the investment – so here are ten top tips for […]

An introduction to business grants

October 8, 2011

With about 850 business grants available in the UK, either from national organisations or via the European Union’s various forms of business support, and a further 3,000 or more local authority grants, enterprise funding sources, economic development providers and other regional bodies, companies have plenty of choice when it comes to seeking business grants.

How to boost investor interest in your startup business

October 8, 2011

Start-up businesses can increase their chances of funding by taking early steps to structure their business to take advantage of the tax incentives available to potential investors, says gateway2investment (g2i).

Buying a business – the pros and cons

October 3, 2011

When most people talk about starting a business, they mean setting up a company from scratch. In many respects, that’s one of the hardest ways to get going in business, as you have to do everything for the first time and make some pretty hard decisions along the way.

How to finance a start-up without breaking the bank

October 3, 2011

With credit hard to find over the past few years, people thinking of setting up a business have had to come up with creative ways to fund their ideas. Here are some tips from the Bytestart team: