Five reasons banks use to reject applications for commercial mortgages

Banks regularly turndown businesses seeking a commercial loan

Banks regularly turndown businesses seeking a commercial loan

When most commercial borrowers apply for commercial mortgages and banks reject their application, they feel confused and lost because banks don’t bother to explain why they have turned it down.

Self employed? How to avoid going bankrupt if your business is failing

A variety of financial options for SMEs covering everything from small shortfalls to more sizeable debts.

Nobody enters the world of self-employment with anything more than an optimistic, hopeful outlook. The problem is that things don’t always go quite as rosy

Soft factors: The next big thing in private equity

New research shows that investors need to pay more attention to soft factors if they want to be successful in the future – growth businesses are well-advised to prepare for greater organisational scrutiny

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Employee engagement: Is it the best way to drive growth?

You will often hear experts says that good people make a business: in this piece, in association with HSBC, we explore what that really means for SMEs.

Why a business plan is for the lifecycle – not just for start-ups

Creating and maintaining an effective business plan may seem like simple stuff, but there are still those who don't update them effectively and run into problems: in this piece, in association with HSBC, we look at how you can get it right.

Pulling the right strings – a guide to SME finance

Funding options: How well do you know yours?

The SME financing space is now in full-blooded recovery following the recession: but with more options than ever before how can you ensure you pick the right route?

Show SME the money: Are you aware of your funding options?

For all the talk of SMEs being the engine room of the UK economy, getting funding is still not as easy as some would like: so how can you ensure you know all of your options to give you the best chance of success?

What are the next big trends in fintech?

Fintech trends: What are the latest sub-sectors that are exciting investors?

Martin Campbell, MD at fintech startup Ormsby Street, fresh from FinovateFall 2015, reveals what might be coming to the UK from the US

Venture funding: what are the legal requirements?

Venture capital has driven millions of businesses on through the years: but are entrepreneurs looking to have their enterprise added to that list aware of all the legal hurdles?

The continued evolution of crowdfunding and its place in UK equity finance

Crowd power: How is the funding route affecting the wider landscape?

As Crowdcube announces a historic landmark it's clear crowdfunding is reaching new heights: so how has it evolved and what is the effect on the wider equity landscape?

What are US VCs really looking for from European start-ups?

Increasingly there are signs that US VCs are looking across the pond to splash the cash: so how can European start-ups make sure it's they who catch our deep-pocketed American cousins' eye?

Lending a hand: How can banks and SMEs align their interests to mutual benefit?

Lenders old and new are have to work with SMEs to make sure the stream of funding leaving small businesses doesn't become a flood: but what can be done?

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