Crowdfunding the most searched finance term for businesses

Crowdfunding is the most searched business finance term, showing a real indication that businesses are looking beyond traditional means of funding.

New research from accountancy and business advisory firm, Cowgill Holloway, reveals ‘Crowdfunding’ is the UK’s most frequently searched term on business funding.

Cowgill Holloway has produced a league table of the most searched terms, highlighting the popularity of crowdfunding searches amongst other alternative finance terms including ‘p2p lending’ and ‘crowdsourcing’. The term ‘crowdfunding’ was significantly higher than the terms ‘business loan’ and ‘bank loan’, suggesting that awareness of certain forms of alternative finance is improving.

 KeywordMin VolumeMax Volume
2business loans65019300
3bank loans43016500
4crowd funding43016500
5crowdfunding uk43016500
7start up loans17012900
8business loan17012900
9angel investors17012900
10p2p lending17012900
13business funding8511700
14small business loans8511700
15business loans uk8511700
16business finance8511700
17asset finance8511700
18business grants8511700
19government grants8511700
20peer to peer lending uk8511700
21equity crowdfunding501850
22unsecured business loans501850
23business startup grants501850
24government business loans501850
25new business grants501850
26business angels501850
27business grants uk501850
28trade finance501850
29startup loans501850
30loans company501850
31funding options501850
32crowdfunding websites501850
33crowdfunding sites501850
34government business loan501850
35credit insurance201500
36invoice finance201500
37invoice financing201500
38business loans for women201500
39what is asset finance201500
40property finance201500

However, searches for ‘asset finance’ and ‘invoice finance’ remain very low, indicating that there is still work to be done in building awareness of all the options, rather than those which have perhaps received more media attention in recent months.

The research also follows recent statistics showing that just 230 businesses benefited from the bank referral scheme which was set up just over a year ago by the government, highlighting the work to be done in ensuring that businesses aren’t effectively stunted by inaccessibility of finance.

Director of Cowgill Holloway Business Funding, Benjamin Day, says, ‘I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see the popularity of such search phrases rising, but what has been interesting to note is that searches for ‘crowdfunding’ have actually overtaken searches on traditional forms of finance.

We’ve also seen big budgets spent on digital advertising for these newer types of funding meaning people are seeing these brand names appear at the top of the advertising rankings – as well as the organic ranking – even when people are searching for funding quite generally.’

Benjamin continues, ‘Businesses we are meeting with are increasingly enquiring about alternative means of securing finance. They are ambitious and are demanding options. No longer does a one size loan model fit all; it’s a complex matchmaking process to find a bespoke solution to bring business goals within reach, sometimes incorporating a number of finance methods.

This is why we launched our business funding arm – the sheer range of solutions available can be overwhelming and for a business owner already spinning many plates, it’s near impossible to survey the market with enough attention to be confident that you have the right solution.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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