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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Where to find the money?
    Many businesses have put their development plans on hold. The perception is that credit is scarce and that most small business loan applications are routinely rejected. If you need funding, where can you turn in the current climate?
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Should you consider equity finance?
    Many small businesses head straight to the bank when they need additional finance. But before you start filling out a loan application, it is worth looking into the alternatives. Might equity finance be the way to go?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - A £20,000 Small Business Grant to “go global”
    A £20,000 Small Business Grant to “go global”..Worldwide business. Fedex is offering small businesses that wish to begin trading globally the opportunity to secure free funding via its Small Business Grant UK. If you wish to apply, you’ll need to complete an online entry form which asks for your business’ story and what its global plans are for the future (see The next step ). You also have the option to upload a supporting one-minute video. The winning business will be awarded a £20,000 grant and...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Compare every finance option
    Compare every finance option..All in one place. A new comparison website, www.companyfundingoptions.co.uk , has been launched for small companies and LLPs that are looking for finance (see The next step ). It provides straightforward explanations about the various options and has information from over 300 lenders. The website is free to use. Anonymous details. Unlike other finance comparison websites, you can search suitable funding options without providing your name or any details about your business. All...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - A different type of share in your company
    You need to raise money to expand your business, but the bank won’t lend sufficient funds and the shareholders don’t want to water down their stake by issuing ordinary shares to outside investors. Might preference shares be a viable alternative?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - New finance matchmaking service
    New finance matchmaking service..Another option. Apparently, 71% of small businesses only approach one lender and those that are rejected rarely approach another financial institution for help. Conscious that this situation is stunting economic growth, the government has introduced a new finance matchmaking service. Since 1 November 2016 , nine of the UK’s biggest banks, including RBS, Lloyds, Barclays and Santander, have been expected to pass on the details of those businesses they have rejected for finance...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - £25,000 to £10 million from Innovate UK
    £25,000 to £10 million from Innovate UK..New fund. If your business wants to create a new product, process or service, or improve an existing one through research and development, test the feasibility of an idea to make sure it will be feasible, or work with other businesses or research organisations on collaborative projects, funding between £25,000 and £10 million may be available from Innovate UK’s open funding competition. Open for business. Any kind of business can apply for funding from Innovate...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - A free £10,000 in business support
    A free £10,000 in business support..Help on hand. If you’re looking to grow your business by at least 25% over the next two years and generate employment opportunities, you could be eligible to join the three-month Innovating for Growth small business support programme (see The next step ). It enables you to receive specialist, tailored, advice worth up £10,000 on matters such as building your brand, maximising your intellectual property, developing a growth strategy and refining your business model. Eligibility...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Are mini-bonds right for your business?
    You’re looking to raise cash to provide working capital and to expand your business. The terms of the loan offered by the bank aren’t attractive. Might a mini-bond provide a cheaper and better solution?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Government cash to grow your business
    Government cash to grow your business..Funds available. In December 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that there was still money available to businesses from the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). While no more cash will be added the existing funds are available until 31 March 2017 or until the money runs out. Are you eligible? Businesses (in England only) can apply for an RGF grant or loan typically up to 20% to 30% of what they need to buy assets, e.g. machinery, which...
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