• Start-Up’s guide to the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

    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…

  • Preparing to raise finance for your business – 6 steps to success

    “Any time is a good time to start a company“, so said renowned American angel investor Ron Conway. That may be true, but how easy is it to find the necessary funding? The answer largely…

  • 7 ways to make sure your business gets paid on time, every time

    Cash is the lifeblood of any business. And in the first few years of your start-up, the ability to get cash into your bank account faster than it goes out again will be one of…

  • How to get your customers to fund your business start-up

    While “entrepreneur” may occasionally be a euphemism for “out of work”, there are more and more individuals working in earnest to start a business of their own. Indeed, statistics show no fewer than 400 million…

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

    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…

  • 12-step action plan to stop customers from paying you late

    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…