Mind the SME funding gap

Mind the gap: Is SME funding falling through the cracks?

Mind the gap: Is SME funding falling through the cracks?

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, John Cridland, director general of the CBI called on the next government to mind the ‘financial gap’ experienced by many medium-sized UK businesses.

How starting a business in tough times made it a stronger prospect

‘Conservative’ UK market ready to embrace alternative funding

Everline and Ezbob COO Russell Gould talks the companies’ recent deal and the market’s attitude to alternative lending in exclusive chat

Tops tips for SMEs seeking finance

Lifeblood: Pro-entrepreneur rhetoric hasn't always translated to funding

Ahead of the election politicians are queuing up to praise entrepreneurs and SME – but funding can still be hard to come by. Read on for some tips to bear in mind when looking to secure the cash to develop your business. By Christopher Maule, CEO & founder, UK Bond Network.

How to keep cash flowing through seasonal peaks and troughs

Seasonal imbalances are a particular problem for smaller companies without the financial muscle to absorb occasional losses: Aldermore Bank MD Damon Walford explains how to plan ahead and survive

The Smart Way to Trade Binary Options: Your Guide to a Successful Investment

Binary code: Managing binary options portfolios can be tricky

Managing a binary options investment portfolio can be a big undertaking. So how can you make sure your efforts are successful?

Q&A: Serge Taborin, CEO, Q App

Read tips on preparing for a funding round from an entrepreneur currently going through the process

Blood, sweat and a lot of TLC - Growing a global SME

Informed Solutions CEO Elizabeth Vega

Elizabeth Vega, CEO of multi award winning independent IT consultancy Informed Solutions, shares her personal experience of growing her company from start-up 23 years ago 

Quiz: Which funding route is best for your business?

Take our handy quiz to work out the best option for you

10 steps to crowdfunding your business

'Reaching the first 10% of your goal is the most difficult stage of the whole process.'

Most businesses that attempt to crowdfund are either not accepted onto a platform or don’t reach their fundraising goal - mainly because they’re unprepared and don’t understand exactly what it takes to attract investors. Here are 10 steps that will help you get it right.

How VCTs are funding the growth of British start-ups

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 

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.

More from Growing A Business

Using wireless to drive your business further

Technology for Business

Smaller business thrive on their agility, so why do so many still not embrace the kind of wirseless technology that can provide it? Peter Hannah, regional director UK, Ireland & Nordics, NETGEAR explores

Caring is sharing: new lessons in content marketing

Marketing Strategies & Research

Increasing numbers of brands are developing their own content to share with their audience. Businesses of all sizes can similarly leverage the trust customers have in their company to share relevant, timely content.

Vitesse Events

New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2015

Recognising those who play a pivotal role in the process and shaping of the future...  

M&A Awards 2015

The 2013 M&A awards celebrate deal-making excellence in the mid-market. Whether you're a lawyer, accountant...  

Business offers for growing companies

  • Why is everybody talking about the cloud?

    This whitepaper sets out to explain how cloud computing is now taking shape as the primary platform for all business software.

  • Manage your entire business in the cloud

    Sage 200 Online is an online business management software solution, giving your business mobility, flexibility, agility and security. Find out more today.

  • Work better and grow your business

    We have teamed up with business experts to provide essential advice on raising money, communicating better, setting up payment systems, and more. Get your free pack today

  • Look forward with confidence

    We offer business management software and services to millions of businesses like yours. Find out how our local experts can help you.

  • A Refreshing Alternative to a Business Loan

    Payback as you earn. No APR, just one simple cost. Between £2.5k & £300k available. Must accept card payments & been in business 6+ months.

  • Compare business insurance quotes

    Tailor your policy, compare quotes and buy in minutes! Up to 50% No Claims Discount. Compare quotes now or call 0845-0723340 today.

More from GrowthBusiness

The Entrepreneur

Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt

The Year of the Plane part 2: Three promises

In his second of a series of blog posts, Ben Hutt, CEO of digital recruitment marketplace Talent Party, shares his thoughts on the three commitments that business owners should make to achieve balance

Comment & Analysis

Future trends: How will funding be affected by the scheme's failure?

What does the failure of the Funding for Lending scheme mean for small businesses?

The Funding for Lending scheme is running out of steam, so where will mid-market businesses turn now for finance?

Research

'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds