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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Innovation Vouchers: a new source of funding?
    A government scheme that allows small businesses to apply for up £5,000 to fund specialist business support has been overhauled. Is it actually worth applying for these Innovation Vouchers?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - FCA guide to safe borrowing
    FCA guide to safe borrowing.. Borrowing risk. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is reminding those seeking loans to protect themselves from cowboy lenders. Whether you’re borrowing money for personal or company use, the message is the same; it’s safer to use firms that are authorised by the FCA. Many lenders, often foreign firms, tell potential customers that they are registered with the FCA. That may be so, but registration isn’t the same as authorisation and doesn’t guarantee safe borrowing....
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Access alternative business funding
    Access alternative business funding.. Collaborative finance. As the banks are still refusing to lend money to many small companies, seven of the major “alternative funders” - Funding Circle, Market Invoice, Zopa, Platform Black, Seedrs, CrowdCube and Pensionledfunding.com - have got together and launched a single web portal that’s designed to help businesses find good sources of non-bank funding. This one-stop online shop can be found at http://alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk (see The next step ...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - UK Storm Business Fund launched
    UK Storm Business Fund launched.. Businesses battered. Over the past few weeks, much of the UK has been hit by severe storms and flooding. As this has had a significant impact on many smaller companies, emergency funding measures have been put in place to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible. This is in the form of the new £250 million UK Storm Business Fund (see The next step ). This allows those small companies which have suffered financial losses, e.g. damage to stock or premises,...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Crowdcube gets FSA approval
    Crowdcube gets FSA approval.. Opportunity knocks. Whether you’re a director looking to secure a cash-injection for the company or a private investment opportunity, Crowdcube offers an alternative to the traditional methods. We explained how this social crowdfunding platform works in a previous article ( yr.13, iss.11, pg.5 , see The next step ). However, there’s some more good news: it’s just been authorised by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). This means that it’s now a much safer bet for investors...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Using your customers to raise finance
    The banks continue to be tight fisted when it comes to lending to businesses. Coming to the rescue is a new type of short-term finance based on invoice discounting, but with a twist. What’s the full story?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Social lending: those willing to invest are online
    As an alternative to mainstream financial institutions, small and medium-sized companies are being offered the opportunity to secure investment via “crowd funding”. So if you need a cash injection, is it an option worth considering?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The Enterprise Finance Guarantee
    Earlier this year, in an attempt to help small businesses secure funding, the government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee was introduced. But is it working, and can its remaining £1 billion help your company?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Cutting the banks out of lending
    As a successful director you want your investments to do as well as possible. But with high street interest rates at an all time low this is becoming harder. So could the concept of “social lending” offer you a higher rate of return on your money?
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