How VCTs are funding the growth of British start-ups

Alex Macpherson was on hand to pick up VCT of the Year at Investor Allstars

Alex Macpherson was on hand to pick up VCT of the Year at Investor Allstars

Once traditionally the finance of choice for lower mid-market buy-out businesses, Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments, explains how his funds are now backing enterprising and dynamic younger firms.

Five habits of effective business fundraising 

It pays to know the specifics of just what investors are looking for from deals

In the latest of his advice-based pieces for business owners, Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at what goes into a successful approach to equity fundraising.

Untapped strength: How SMEs can unlock balance sheets to finance growth 

Adrian Sainsbury, CEO of the commercial division of Close Brothers, explores asset-based finance route and explains how the approach can be flexible for businesses.

Top five reasons why investors don't invest

Fergal O’Mullane is well versed in knowing what investors look for

Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at the key issues that prevent investors from backing companies.

The 55,492 dollar problem with Kickstarter

Why Kickstarter must become more selective with pitches if it is to become a viable way for businesses to raise money, says Gekko managing director Dan Todaro.

How interest rates affect you and your credit

Interest rates have been unfavourable for savers but good for borrowers

What will be the knock-on effect of the expected rise in interest rates?

Working out which of peer-to-peer lending or equity crowdfunding is best for investors

For investors looking for good returns, picking what type of alternative finance to engage with is an important decision.

One size does not fit all: Six questions to ask when securing business finance

Options other than high street banks are available, says Tony Pegg

United Kapital MD Tony Pegg tackles the issue of business finance and gives his advice on the sage questions which must be addressed.

How to be pitch perfect when seeking investment for your business

Having recently raised $6 million from the venture capital community, Hassle.com co-founder and CEO Alex Depledge provides guidance on how best to be successful in the process.

Fusing crowdfunding and the mini-bond process

(L-R) Chilango's Eric Partaker and Dan Houghton with Crowdcube's Luke Lang

When Mexican restaurant chain Chilango decided that it wanted to broaden its London offering, the business opted to blend a traditional mini-bond with the growing popularity of crowdfunding. GrowthBusiness finds out why.

The rise of peer-to-peer lending in the UK

As managing director of property finance business Folk2Folk, David Brown explains why peer-to-peer is growing through opening up the finance market, and how his business fits in.

Business finance: Where to find Enterprise Capital Funds

With Regents Park Partners II ECF bringing the total amount of Enterprise Capital Funds to 16, where does the money lie and what it is targeting?

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