Small Business Funding

Articles and guides on Small Business Funding options, covering traditional sources such as government grants, bank loans, lines of credit, and personal savings, as well as alternative financing methods like crowdfunding, angel investors, and invoice finance.

Business Ideas & Planning

The actual statistics of small business success

Here, we look at what common success rate stats mean and how they should be interpreted if you want to start your own company.


Small companies urged to be cautious of rise in online financiers

Small and medium-sized UK companies have been warned about the growing number of bandwagon lenders and 'flatpack' finance providers that are flooding the market.


Small business EIS investment increases year on year 

The number of investments made into UK small businesses through the tax efficient EIS scheme rose by 11 per cent from 122,320 in 2013/14 to a record 135,445 in 2014/15.

Alternative finance

Why small business lending alternatives are the next big thing 

Here are a few of the biggest drivers behind the slowdown in small business lending and the rise of small business lending alternatives.

Startup Funding and Grants

Top options for financing your new business

It is essential that you know all the options available to you when funding your company.


Payment challenges for multinational businesses

Here, we look at the challenge of globalisation for a small company in relation to payment terms.

Alternative finance

Alternative finance: Opportunities and risks 

Here's how alternative finance has stepped up to help companies get the funding they need.


Companies using personal funds to meet business goals 

Only one fifth of small businesses have used financial support, including business loans, invoice finance, peer-to-peer lending and finance leasing, in the last 12 months, research finds.


Fewer government-backed loans granted for SMEs

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is not reaching or supporting many businesses, with the number of SMEs receiving finance through the scheme dwindling year on year since 2009, research finds.


How to start and finance a business

David Taylor speaks to two different companies about starting up and funding their project.

Startup Funding and Grants

Are personal investors too emotionally attached to make a business impact?

Michael Hammond discusses the difference he experienced between raising money from family and friends and raising funds through private equity.

Startup Funding and Grants

Funding your e-commerce venture

Andrew Weaver discusses the options to consider when injecting cash into an early-stage e-commerce business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats