Is alternative finance still alternative?

Considering the prominence of peer-to-peer lending, invoice finance, crowdfunding and other financing platforms, it may be time to strip the sector of its 'alternative' monicker

Seeking funding from a direct lending fund

How do you persuade a direct lending fund to give you finance? Jon Herbert, managing director of direct lender Beechbrook Capital’s UK SME Credit Fund, has a check-list of tips for would-be borrowers

Financing face-off: debt vs. equity

The two most popular types of funding available for growing businesses are debt financing and equity financing. Which one is right for your business?

Where to find cash to grow your business

If you have never dipped a toe into the waters of alternative funding, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here's a starter's guide 

Asset-based lending: All you need to know

Asset-based lending is one of the fastest-growing forms for business finance in the UK: so here's a guide of all you need to know about it

Venture capital: Evaluating the risk profile of investments 

Financial risk: How is it assessed by the top VCs?

How do VCs assess risk when looking forensically at investment portfolios?

Five funding options to replace a removed bank overdraft

Business overdrafts are being withdrawn at an alarming rate: but it need not be the end of the road, as Conrad Ford explains

Five reasons banks use to reject applications for commercial mortgages

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

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

Soft factors: Are they the new guide for 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

Driving growth through employee engagement

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.

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