The financing channel looks at the different small business funding options available to start-up companies and established SME businesses looking to grow. Read a wealth of guides and tips to help manage your accounts and cash flow better, views on the future of business banking and where to source alternative finance.

Paying your employees

If you have an employee who does not have a bank account, and insists on being paid in cash, what are your options?

Small Business Banking

Small Business Banking

How to open a foreign currency account

If your business has a strong hold in the overseas market, or you regularly receive and make payments in a foreign currency, then you may benefit from opening a foreign currency account.

Business Loans

Your first business loan

If your business plan and financial forecasts are sound, you may be feeling brave enough to approach a bank for funding.

Small Business Banking

Opening a Euro account

Whether or not to open a Euro account depends on your individual circumstances. It may or may not be in your best interests.

Accounts & Tax

Company Director’s Pay – Dividends or Salary

There are numerous ways in which company directors can pay themselves in a tax-effective manner. However, the most topical debate raging at the moment concerns the notion of taking a high proportion of your earnings as a dividend rather than via a salary.

Government Grants

Grants for technology businesses

There are millions of pounds in funding available for technology and communications companies in the UK from funding providers such as the Government and the European Union.

Accounts & Tax

The best type of company for you

The legal form of your business is an important decision to make. If you are setting up a business with others, you can choose between partnership, limited company, limited liability partnership or co-operative.

Government Grants

Gain access to grants

There are government grants available from both UK and EU organisations.

Accounts & Tax

New rules for businesses to get paid on time

With the European Directive on late payments coming into effect in less than three months, the Forum of Private Business is advising small businesses to revise their terms of trade now to reap the benefits.

Accounts & Tax

PAYE online for free

A free online service allows employers to complete Pay As You Earn (PAYE) forms and returns and send them to the Inland Revenue via the internet.

Alternative finance

More SMEs using factoring to improve cashflow

The number of small- and medium-sized businesses using factoring to get quicker access to cash they are owed has risen noticeably over the past year, according to new research from the Factors & Discounters Association (FDA).

Accounts & Tax

Debt collection letters to improve SME cash flow

The Better Payment Protection Campaign (BPPC), a joint public-private initiative, has provided a series of example letters to help small firms in their efforts to collect debts and get to grips with credit management.

Partner content

How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

Partner content

Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

Partner content

Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

Partner content

How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?