The small business loans section has in-depth advice articles and guides on how and where start-up companies and SMEs can get a UK business loan, whether from established commercial finance providers, online providers or even family and friends. SmallBusiness.co.uk are working in partnership with Funding Options to help you find the right finance for your business.
A business loan can be sought for many reasons but is typically used to either: start a new enterprise, fund expansion, fund major capital expenditures, or to cover operational costs that a company may otherwise be unable to afford (i.e. for cash flow reasons).
There are two key categories of loan – secured or unsecured – and both types can be made available over short, medium or long-term periods. There are a wide variety of lenders servicing the many different niches and almost all will usually approve business loans based upon the financial strength of the borrowing business and its perceived ability to earn a profit.
Borrowing money is a major step for a company and almost inevitably introduces a raised level risk. However, taking on debt in the form of a loan is also one of the commonest forms of financing small business operations. Our experts write about business loans from the perspective of the UK SME community and our aim is to help readers understand how small business loans work, the many options available, and how to compare and choose between them.
Ultimately, though, a business loan may not always be the best finance option, so we also encourage readers to look at other routes such as grants and the ever expanding alternative finance channels.
Choosing between debt or equity finance, or a mixture of the two, could be the most important business decision you ever make. SmallBusiness.co.uk speaks to entrepreneurs, financiers and advisers about the pros and cons of each.
I am 25 and I have some debt from University, which is a £6,000 loan, £3,000 credit card and a student loan which is paid through my employer. Would this type of debt stop me starting up my own business and getting the finance for it? I am a homeowner but I wouldn't want to secure a business loan against my house. Is it likely that a bank would touch me at the moment or would I have to wait until the debt is gone?
I work for a school of theology and at present we are experiencing financial problems. We have launched an appeal for funds and our bankers are prepared to provide an overdraft but this only puts our costs up. Do you have any other suggestions?
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