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What is Business Interruption Insurance?

What is Business Interruption Insurance?

Posted 2 months ago


With the coronavirus outbreak having inflicted significant economic damage on businesses throughout the UK, many have resorted to utilising the raft of government support schemes that were introduce..

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Should I Invest in P2P?

Should I Invest in P2P?

Posted 2 months ago


The Covid-19 crisis has presented a challenge for the sector, but there are still many reasons to invest in peer-to-peer lending. P2P is fighting its way through its first economic downturn and ther..

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Self-Employed to Benefit From Second Stage of Support Scheme

Self-Employed to Benefit From Second Stage of Support Scheme

Posted 2 months ago


Over 2.7 million benefited from the first stage of the SEISS - with the government handing out £7.8 billion of grants to help them through the crisis. Those eligible will now be able to recei..

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How To Start A Business Post-Covid-19

How To Start A Business Post-Covid-19

Posted 2 months ago


As part of its mission to help entrepreneurs get the funding they deserve, CEO of Nextfin, Sacha Bright, hosted a special webinar discussing how to start a business post-Covid, with particular focus..

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Business Banking Resolution Service To Open In November

Business Banking Resolution Service To Open In November

Posted 2 months ago


The Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS) will now start to resolve disputes between businesses and participating banks from the middle of November, it has been announced. Designed to settle a..

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Over 1.2m Businesses Have Benefited From Coronavirus Lending Schemes

Over 1.2m Businesses Have Benefited From Coronavirus Lending Schemes

Posted 2 months ago


More than 1.2m businesses have now received support through government-backed coronavirus lending schemes. The latest Treasury data, as of 9 August, shows most lending has come through the bounce b..

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What is The Start Up Loan Scheme?

What is The Start Up Loan Scheme?

Posted 2 months ago


Designed as a way to help start-ups that have begun trading, Start Up Loans are a form of personal created to support new business owners that have struggled to secure finance from traditional lende..

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Figures Show 730,000 Job Losses Since Start of Lockdown

Figures Show 730,000 Job Losses Since Start of Lockdown

Posted 2 months ago


As the UK government continues to ease lockdown, it has been revealed that just under 730,000 jobs have been lost since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The news comes as the UK prepares i..

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Government Backs Trade Credit Insurance With £10bn Guarantee

Government Backs Trade Credit Insurance With £10bn Guarantee

Posted 2 months ago


The government has announced that Trade Credit Insurance, which provides cover to business-to-business transactions, will receive up to £10bn of government guarantees in a further bid to tackl..

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Fifth of Business Owners Take Pay Cut Due to Covid, Research Suggests

Fifth of Business Owners Take Pay Cut Due to Covid, Research Suggests

Posted 2 months ago


New research has revealed that just under a fifth of small business owners declared that they had taken a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Purbeck Insurance Services, 14% of SM..

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Businesses Have Just One Month to Claim £1.6bn in Unspent Grants

Businesses Have Just One Month to Claim £1.6bn in Unspent Grants

Posted 3 months ago


It has been revealed that businesses have until the end of August to claim up to £1.6bn in unspent grants that were originally made available through the government’s coronavirus emergen..

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How Can I Claim A £5,000 Technology Grant?

How Can I Claim A £5,000 Technology Grant?

Posted 3 months ago


The Government has announced a new £20m IT funding package to help small businesses get through the coronavirus pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses can access a small business technol..

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Only 43% of Businesses Plan to Claim Furlough Bonus

Only 43% of Businesses Plan to Claim Furlough Bonus

Posted 3 months ago


According to figures released today, almost half of businesses do not intend to claim the £1,000 furlough bonus made available by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.  In its latest Coronavirus Busin..

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The Small Business Leadership Programme: Giving Businesses the Tools to Overcome Covid-19

The Small Business Leadership Programme: Giving Businesses the Tools to Overcome Covid-19

Posted 3 months ago


With the coronavirus crisis forcing businesses to adopt new ways of operating, the Government has announced the launch of £20m to help improve businesses’ management, productivity and pr..

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CEO of Nextfin To Host Webinar on Raising Finance for Your Business

CEO of Nextfin To Host Webinar on Raising Finance for Your Business

Posted 3 months ago


As part of its ongoing support for entrepreneurs, Nextfin will be hosting a free webinar for individuals who are looking to start their own business.  Sacha Bright, CEO of Nextfin the UK's onl..

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What is The Sustainable Innovation Fund, And How Will it Help Businesses?

What is The Sustainable Innovation Fund, And How Will it Help Businesses?

Posted 3 months ago


With a number of research and development projects at risk as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Government has announced the introduction of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. Worth a total of &..

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Over £13bn Provided to Businesses Through CBILS

Over £13bn Provided to Businesses Through CBILS

Posted 3 months ago


Over £13bn has been provided through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme so far, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.  Nearly 59,000 small and medium-sized bu..

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More Lenders Approved For Larger Coronavirus Loan Scheme

More Lenders Approved For Larger Coronavirus Loan Scheme

Posted 3 months ago


As the UK continues to grapple with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, the British Business Bank has approved three more lenders to deliver the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Lo..

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Can I Claim For Individuals Who Are Not Employees Through the Furlough Scheme?

Can I Claim For Individuals Who Are Not Employees Through the Furlough Scheme?

Posted 3 months ago


At Nextfin we have reported extensively on the development of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and what it means for businesses. Most recently, the Chancellor announced that ..

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Fifth of Business Owners Uncertain About Re-opening After Pandemic

Fifth of Business Owners Uncertain About Re-opening After Pandemic

Posted 3 months ago


Nearly one fifth of the UK’s small and medium sized enterprises have expressed uncertainty as to whether they will be able to survive the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, new rese..

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What Is the Recovery Advice for Business Scheme, And How Can I Benefit?

What Is the Recovery Advice for Business Scheme, And How Can I Benefit?

Posted 3 months ago


The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to he..

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Businesses Set To Benefit from £20m Worth of New Government Grants

Businesses Set To Benefit from £20m Worth of New Government Grants

Posted 3 months ago


Small businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new funding in the government’s latest efforts to help firms recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ..

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak Considering 2% Online Sales Tax

Chancellor Rishi Sunak Considering 2% Online Sales Tax

Posted 3 months ago


According to the Times, the Treasury is considering whether to introduce a 2% tax on goods that are sold online in an attempt to give High Street shops an advantage over large-scale retail. If intro..

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What is The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, And How Do I Apply?

What is The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, And How Do I Apply?

Posted 3 months ago


Introduced as part of the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, employers with fewer than 250 employees can now seek a refund from the government for the cost of providing 2 weeks of coronavirus-related..

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Time To Pay Arrangements Explained

Time To Pay Arrangements Explained

Posted 3 months ago


Brought into sharper focus since the outbreak of coronavirus, a Time To Pay arrangement is a way of spreading your business tax payments over a longer period of time to sallow for a more affordable ..

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What Is A Members' Voluntary Liquidation?

What Is A Members' Voluntary Liquidation?

Posted 3 months ago


In short, a Members' Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) is the process that enables shareholders’ to appoint what is known as a Liquidator to formally close down a solvent company. Directors of compa..

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A Guide To Entrepreneurs' Relief

A Guide To Entrepreneurs' Relief

Posted 3 months ago


For those entrepreneurs who manage to overcome the myriad challenges that face them when running their business, they may find themselves at a juncture where they are able to sell their business. It..

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A Guide To The Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

A Guide To The Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

Posted 3 months ago


At Nextin we have focused intensely on the range of measures designed to support small businesses. But the government has a number of schemes designed to protect medium and large businesses. One suc..

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What Does The CBILS Change Mean For You?

What Does The CBILS Change Mean For You?

Posted 3 months ago


A change in the lending rules governing the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme could mean that small businesses previously refused a loan are now able to secure access to vital funding.&n..

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What Rules Have The Government Relaxed To Help Businesses During Coronavirus?

What Rules Have The Government Relaxed To Help Businesses During Coronavirus?

Posted 3 months ago


Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Government has made a number of changes to rules governing areas such as business rates and childcare funding. Below we list a number of amendments to a range of ..

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What Rates Are Alternative Lenders Offering for CBILS?

What Rates Are Alternative Lenders Offering for CBILS?

Posted 3 months ago


So far over 100 firms have been accredited to provide the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan to businesses struggling to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19.  Among the alternative le..

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What Are The Current Tax Rates for Businesses?

What Are The Current Tax Rates for Businesses?

Posted 3 months ago


Perhaps one of the most complicated areas of running a business is having to deal with tax liabilities. For many entrepreneurs, the varying tax bands and rates makes the whole process of paying tax ..

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MPs Call for Full Loan Payment Holidays for Business Customers

MPs Call for Full Loan Payment Holidays for Business Customers

Posted 3 months ago


The All Parliamentary Group for Fair Business Banking has called for a full 6-month payment holiday on commercial loans for business customers who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.  S..

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Span Health Discusses the Positive Impact of NextFin's Ratings Service

Span Health Discusses the Positive Impact of NextFin's Ratings Service

Posted 3 months ago


Span Health has complimented Nextfin on what it calls “a very straightforward” ratings service. Aimed at helping people avoid lifestyle-induced diseases, symptoms, medications, and compl..

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Bounce Back Loan Restrictions Could Force Businesses To Go Bust

Bounce Back Loan Restrictions Could Force Businesses To Go Bust

Posted 3 months ago


Campaigners and MPs have issued a stark warning that potentially tens of thousands of businesses could risk going bust due to delays when accessing the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme.&nb..

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Treasury to Look At Fintech Sector For Growth Opportunities

Treasury to Look At Fintech Sector For Growth Opportunities

Posted 3 months ago


Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Treasury has announced it will be launching an independent review into the fintech sector to identify growth opportunities. The review was originally mentioned..

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What Are Small Business Grants, And How Do You Apply?

What Are Small Business Grants, And How Do You Apply?

Posted 3 months ago


Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, securing funding for your business is proving to be an even greater challenge for entrepreneurs. With a range of loan schemes available, as well as other sources o..

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What Non-Government Coronavirus Support is Available for Businesses?

What Non-Government Coronavirus Support is Available for Businesses?

Posted 3 months ago


While the government has provided an unprecedented level of support for businesses through its loan schemes and other services, public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional re..

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Covid-19 Home Working Increased Productivity, Report Claims

Covid-19 Home Working Increased Productivity, Report Claims

Posted 3 months ago


34% of companies believe that working from home is having a positive impact on employee productivity, according to new research. The Covid-19 UK business barometer, conducted by Sapio Research and B..

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‘Gively’ Comments on NextFin's Ratings Service

‘Gively’ Comments on NextFin's Ratings Service

Posted 3 months ago


Gively has complimented NextFin on what it has described as an “excellent ratings” service. An online marketplace where users can give and get second-hand items for free, the comp..

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How Do I Sell Shares I Purchased In an Equity Crowdfunded Company?

How Do I Sell Shares I Purchased In an Equity Crowdfunded Company?

Posted 3 months ago


Once you’ve invested in a company and the offer is finalised and completed, you will become a shareholder in that company and will be entered onto the company’s share register.  Su..

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£6.7bn Invested in Small Businesses in 2018

£6.7bn Invested in Small Businesses in 2018

Posted 3 months ago


Small businesses received a record £6.7bn in equity funding in 2018/19, a 5% increase year on year. The average deal size was £4.5m, an 11% increase compared with 2013. Small business e..

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Should I Overfund My Business?

Should I Overfund My Business?

Posted 3 months ago


Crowdfunding in general has played a huge role in helping businesses get the boost they need and gain the funds they need. Equity crowdfunding is much the same practice; it involves the selling of s..

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What is the Position of Each Lender Regarding Bounce Back Loan Applications?

What is the Position of Each Lender Regarding Bounce Back Loan Applications?

Posted 4 months ago


* The following information has been extracted from the latest data made available by the All-Parliamentary Group for Fair Business Banking. There are tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of b..

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What is Equity Dilution, And How Does it Work?

What is Equity Dilution, And How Does it Work?

Posted 4 months ago


Equity dilution (commonly referred to as stock dilution) takes place when a company issues new stock which can result in a decrease of an existing stockholder’s ownership percentage of said co..

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Does Alternative Finance Provide A Solution to Protecting SMEs After the Pandemic?

Does Alternative Finance Provide A Solution to Protecting SMEs After the Pandemic?

Posted 4 months ago


In previous articles, we have argued that with the coronavirus pandemic changing the nature of the business landscape, so must ways business access capital; namely through embracing equity investmen..

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How to Avoid Bankruptcy With Personal Guarantee Insurance

How to Avoid Bankruptcy With Personal Guarantee Insurance

Posted 4 months ago


As Nextfin recently reported, small businesses are increasingly being asked for personal guarantees in order to secure finance for their business. According to a survey conducted by Purbeck Insuranc..

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47% of Entrepreneurs Have Been Asked For Personal Guarantee On Loans

47% of Entrepreneurs Have Been Asked For Personal Guarantee On Loans

Posted 4 months ago


Lenders are increasingly asking SMEs for personal guarantees to secure business finance a survey has revealed.  The survey of commercial finance brokers undertaken by Purbeck, the UK’s o..

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SMEs Fear Inability to Access Loans Once Furlough Scheme Ends

SMEs Fear Inability to Access Loans Once Furlough Scheme Ends

Posted 4 months ago


A number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have expressed concern that they will be unable to access government loans once the furlough scheme ends in October.  In new analysis publ..

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NextFin's Rating Service

NextFin's Rating Service "extraordinary," says Artfinder

Posted 4 months ago


Artfinder has complimented NextFin on what is described as an “extraordinary” ratings service. The world’s first certified B corporation, the company was rated by us on June 30 and..

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How To Make Informed Decisions When Equity Crowdfunding

How To Make Informed Decisions When Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 4 months ago


In this guide, CEO of NextFin, Sacha Bright gives hit tops tips on how to make informed decisions when equity crowdfunding, and how to remain risk aware.  Equity crowdfunding, as with any othe..

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The Chancellor's Summer Statement:

The Chancellor's Summer Statement: "Good for Young Workers, But What About Startups?"

Posted 4 months ago


After much anticipation, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled what many have called an emergency coronavirus budget, pledging a range of new measures worth up to £30 billion.  With jobs t..

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How to Manage Your Business' Finance During the Pandemic

How to Manage Your Business' Finance During the Pandemic

Posted 4 months ago


The government may have eased lockdown, but the pandemic has most certainly not gone away. Still, businesses continue to worry about their ability to survive the economic impacts of Covid-19 and are..

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Number of Furloughed Workers Reaches  9.4 Million

Number of Furloughed Workers Reaches 9.4 Million

Posted 4 months ago


To date, 9.4 million workers have been furloughed by 1.1 million employers, with the total value of claims under the Job Retention Scheme currently at £27.4bn, according to the latest data mad..

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How Do I Calculate Furlough Payments?

How Do I Calculate Furlough Payments?

Posted 4 months ago


With the Chancellor having recently extended the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme until October 31, we show you how to calculate furlough payments in line with the change in the rules.  As an ..

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Don't Miss The Deadline For The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Don't Miss The Deadline For The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Posted 4 months ago


Introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on March 25, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) provides taxable grants to self employed individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by c..

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European Commission to Further Support Startups and Incentivise Private Investments

European Commission to Further Support Startups and Incentivise Private Investments

Posted 4 months ago


The European Commission has announced the adoption of a third amendment to its Temporary Framework to further support startups as they struggle during the coronavirus outbreak.  The news comes..

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Two More P2P Lending Platforms Approved For CBILS

Two More P2P Lending Platforms Approved For CBILS

Posted 4 months ago


The British Business Bank has approved peer-to-peer lending platforms LendingCrowd and Folk2Folk for the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS). The scheme enables lenders accredited..

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Need Recognition? Here Is A List of Competitions And Awards

Need Recognition? Here Is A List of Competitions And Awards

Posted 4 months ago


Business Awards List There’s no better way to increase your profile than picking up awards for your hard work. In the UK, there are a range of competitions and awards open to a whole host of ..

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Coronavirus Loan Applications Exceed One Million

Coronavirus Loan Applications Exceed One Million

Posted 4 months ago


More than one million businesses have applied for a Government-backed loan to help navigate the economic impacts of the pandemic. Meanwhile UK businesses have furloughed nearly nine million jobs, u..

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How The Patent Box Can Reduce Your Corporation Tax

How The Patent Box Can Reduce Your Corporation Tax

Posted 4 months ago


What is the Patent Box? Introduced in 2013, the Patent Box is a generous tax incentive designed to encourage innovation in the UK. The scheme is also referred to as the intellectual property box re..

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Only 45% of Eligible Businesses Able to Apply for Bounce Back Loans

Only 45% of Eligible Businesses Able to Apply for Bounce Back Loans

Posted 4 months ago


New research has found that only 45% of businesses eligible under the scheme have been able to successfully apply for a Bounce Back Loan. According to risk assessment experts protecting.co.uk, the l..

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Protecting Your Business With Trade Credit Insurance

Protecting Your Business With Trade Credit Insurance

Posted 4 months ago


Late payments are something that befall most businesses, but what happens if you’re due payment from a company who has already received your goods and does not pay? This is where trade credit ..

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak Expands The Future Fund

Chancellor Rishi Sunak Expands The Future Fund

Posted 4 months ago


In a widely anticipated move, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has expanded the Future Fund to accommodate businesses that contribute significantly to the UK economy, but do not have thei..

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Almost Two-Thirds Of Small Businesses Left Without Payment During Pandemic

Almost Two-Thirds Of Small Businesses Left Without Payment During Pandemic

Posted 4 months ago


Just under two-thirds of small businesses have suffered from late payments during the pandemic, according to a report commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses.  The report highlighte..

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Why Most Small Businesses End Up Failing (And What You Can Do)

Why Most Small Businesses End Up Failing (And What You Can Do)

Posted 4 months ago


There are a number of reasons why a business might fail - every situation is unique. But with 20% of businesses not making it past their first year, and 60% going bust within the first three years a..

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What Do I Need To Launch My Equity Crowdfunding Campaign?

What Do I Need To Launch My Equity Crowdfunding Campaign?

Posted 4 months ago


So you’ve decided that you are going to take the plunge and use equity crowdfunding to fund your business venture. In previous guides, we’ve explored what mistakes to watch out for, top ..

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What Tax Reliefs Are Available To My Business?

What Tax Reliefs Are Available To My Business?

Posted 4 months ago


As businesses struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, the prospect of paying business taxes is daunting. But it does not have to be like this. There are certain tax breaks available that enable..

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Is Alternative Finance The Way Forward?

Is Alternative Finance The Way Forward?

Posted 4 months ago


Before the outbreak of coronavirus, alternative finance had become the rising star on the world’s stage. But now, with a number of government support schemes failing to ensure that all small a..

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Future Fund Almost Out Of Money After Just A Month

Future Fund Almost Out Of Money After Just A Month

Posted 4 months ago


Less than a month after opening for applications, the government’s widely anticipated scheme for supporting startups struggling to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic, has nearly run ..

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Covid-19: Which Peer-to-Peer Platforms Are Reopening?

Covid-19: Which Peer-to-Peer Platforms Are Reopening?

Posted 4 months ago


Previously, NextFin had reported how a number of peer-to-peer lenders had introduced forbearance measures to help mitigate the financial impacts of coronavirus. From suspending secondary markets, to..

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What Is A Mortgage Payment Holiday, And How Do I Apply?

What Is A Mortgage Payment Holiday, And How Do I Apply?

Posted 4 months ago


Over 1.9 million mortgage payment deferrals have been offered to customers impacted by Covid-19 in the three months since the support was launched, new research has found.  1.2 million deferra..

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Investors' Relief: What You Should Know

Investors' Relief: What You Should Know

Posted 4 months ago


Investors' relief (IR) is broadly regarded as an extension of entrepreneurs' relief and allows investors to benefit from reductions in tax. Introduced under the 2016 Finance Act, the relief was brou..

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How Are Each Of The Coronavirus Business Loan Schemes Performing?

How Are Each Of The Coronavirus Business Loan Schemes Performing?

Posted 4 months ago


British businesses have now borrowed £41bn in loans backed by guarantees from the government to cope with the impact of coronavirus. Approval rates for the coronavirus business interruption lo..

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Why Is A Shareholders’ Agreement Important?

Why Is A Shareholders’ Agreement Important?

Posted 4 months ago


When setting up a company, especially if family or friends are involved, it is easy to proceed under the assumption that nothing can go wrong in the future, and that no agreement outlining the roles..

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After Coronavirus It's time to embrace equity investment

After Coronavirus It's time to embrace equity investment

Posted 4 months ago


Before the outbreak of coronavirus, we were beginning to see the rise of alternative finance sources, with emphasis being taken away from traditional banking. By and large, this was driven by altern..

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Which Countries Are Spending The Most On Coronavirus?

Which Countries Are Spending The Most On Coronavirus?

Posted 4 months ago


Coronavirus has afflicted populations across the world. From small businesses shutting down, to mass unemployment, various nations have been prompted to introduce far reaching rescue packages in an ..

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More Lenders Approved For Coronavirus Loan Schemes, But Not One Is P2P

More Lenders Approved For Coronavirus Loan Schemes, But Not One Is P2P

Posted 4 months ago


The British Business Bank has accredited several lenders for government-backed emergency loan schemes aimed at supporting businesses through Covid-19 but not one is a peer-to-peer lending platform. ..

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Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable To Repay Government Loans

Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable To Repay Government Loans

Posted 4 months ago


Forty-three percent of businesses that have taken out either Bounce Back Loans or Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans say that they will be unable to repay the loan, according to the Business Ba..

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What Does The New Furlough Scheme Mean For You?

What Does The New Furlough Scheme Mean For You?

Posted 4 months ago


In a widely anticipated move, the Chancellor will now allow workers who were furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme to return to work on July 1 on a part-time basis while still having their pay s..

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Top Ten Equity Crowdfunding Tips

Top Ten Equity Crowdfunding Tips

Posted 4 months ago


As founder and CEO of the UK’s first debt and equity crowdfunding aggregator, Sacha Bright knows a thing or two about the ups and downs and ins and outs of crowdfunding. So we asked him to giv..

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Top Tips For Reopening Your Business After Covid-19

Top Tips For Reopening Your Business After Covid-19

Posted 4 months ago


With non-essential shops and retailers having reopened on June 15, business as usual may look very different after the coronavirus pandemic. By July, the government would like to see remaining small..

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Common Equity Crowdfunding Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Common Equity Crowdfunding Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Posted 4 months ago


Remember that you are not the only business approaching the platform You believe in your business, you know that the market is right and the service or product is perfectly positioned to do well. Y..

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How To Manage Working Capital. Is A Loan The Answer?

How To Manage Working Capital. Is A Loan The Answer?

Posted 4 months ago


Despite being the backbone of the UK economy, many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) struggle to access the right funding once there is a sudden need to cover day-to-day expenses. There are m..

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What Is The Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, And How Do I Apply?

What Is The Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, And How Do I Apply?

Posted 4 months ago


The Discretionary Grant Fund is designed to support small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other government grant schemes. The grant is aimed at small businesses with high fixed buildi..

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Why Has The UK Fallen Behind In Its Coronavirus Support For Business?

Why Has The UK Fallen Behind In Its Coronavirus Support For Business?

Posted 4 months ago


In the last few days, it has been reported that more than one million people have been overlooked in government schemes that were designed to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.  But wh..

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Funding Your Business Without A Bank

Funding Your Business Without A Bank

Posted 4 months ago


More and more entrepreneurs are getting turned down for business loans as they struggle to prove their viability. If you’re a business owner struggling to access capital via the traditional me..

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Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Posted 4 months ago


Much excitement has been generated around the Future Fund, with many in the startup community praising its current performance. But to what extent will this new scheme help startups?  Providin..

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How Do You Value A Startup?

How Do You Value A Startup?

Posted 5 months ago


Valuing early-stage companies is more of an art-form than it is a science, especially when it is a business that has just started its journey. A valuation of a business is determining what someone i..

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True Royalty TV Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

True Royalty TV Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Posted 5 months ago


Nextfin recently provided True Royalty Television with a Gold Rating of 83%. It serves the global millions of Royal superfans, with 20,000 paying subscribers already on its platform. With 350+ hour..

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Tightening of EIS Rules Takes £200m off Amounts Raised In 2018-2019

Tightening of EIS Rules Takes £200m off Amounts Raised In 2018-2019

Posted 5 months ago


According to figures released by HM Revenue & Customs, £1.8bn was invested into 3,905 companies, down from £2bn the previous year.  Investment via the Seed Investment Enterpris..

Tagged: business eis equity crowdfunding alternative finance P2P


Global Fintech Lending Expected To Be Worth £230bn At The End Of 2020

Global Fintech Lending Expected To Be Worth £230bn At The End Of 2020

Posted 5 months ago


According to new research by Norwegian financial services company AksjeBloggen, the global fintech lending industry will be worth a global $291.4bn (£230bn) by the end of 2020, with peer-to-pe..

Tagged: fintech p2p business alternative finance equity crowdfunding


How Do I Register A Trademark?

How Do I Register A Trademark?

Posted 5 months ago


You have developed what you believe to be a unique product. But how do you protect it, and more importantly your name and brand? This is where trademarks come in. Intellectual property protection is..

Tagged: business entrepreneur sme trademark guide


What Are Local Enterprise Partnerships, And Where Can I Apply?

What Are Local Enterprise Partnerships, And Where Can I Apply?

Posted 5 months ago


With 38 currently operating within England, a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a partnership between local authorities and businesses. They decide local economic priorities and help to drive ec..

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Here's What You Need To Know About Due Diligence

Here's What You Need To Know About Due Diligence

Posted 5 months ago


Like dissecting a business plan, the process of due diligence - whether it be for an investment through equity crowdfunding, or more traditional methods - is about evaluating the level of risk. As a..

Tagged: sme business risk startup finance equity crowdfunding alternative finance


Five Ways To Make Your Business More Social

Five Ways To Make Your Business More Social

Posted 5 months ago


As an entrepreneur, having a strong social media presence is a vital part to the performance and success of your business. Businesses no longer rely on word of mouth, instead they rely on the word o..

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Struggling With Online Sales? Here’s What You Can Do

Struggling With Online Sales? Here’s What You Can Do

Posted 5 months ago


Whether you’re a small retail brand operating from home or work for a vast ecommerce giant such as Ebay, online sales form the lifeblood of a business. But increasing sales can be a herculean ..

Tagged: business sme money finance


Want To Get A Loan? Top Tips For A Successful Application

Want To Get A Loan? Top Tips For A Successful Application

Posted 5 months ago


At Nextfin, we help hundreds of small businesses find and apply for loans from P2P platforms or other alternative providers. As such, we have a very good understanding of what is required if you wan..

Tagged: Loans Business SME Startup Entrepreneur


Five Things To Remember Before Equity Crowdfunding

Five Things To Remember Before Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 5 months ago


1. The process can take longer than you think Researching which crowdfunding platform to target and what they want to see from you, pulling together marketing materials, scripting and rehearsing yo..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Alternative Finance Business Startup SMEs Business Entrepreneur


Equity Crowdfunding? Here's A Short Guide To What You Need

Equity Crowdfunding? Here's A Short Guide To What You Need

Posted 5 months ago


Equity crowdfunding for businesses has burst onto the scene in recent years and has helped to fund successful enterprises such as Brewdog and Oculus. It can be an elongated process and will require ..

Tagged: Business Equity Crowdfunding Alternative Finance SME Funding Capital


Getting A Business Loan? Here Are The Terms You Should Look Out For

Getting A Business Loan? Here Are The Terms You Should Look Out For

Posted 5 months ago


Let’s face it, how closely do you read the small print in all the contracts you sign? All of us, at one time or another have skim-read the seemingly immeasurable pages of terms and conditions ..

Tagged: Business Loan P2P SME Finance Alternative Finance


Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Posted 5 months ago


Taking an idea for a business and turning it into reality can be a daunting experience. But as Albert Einstein once said: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Business Start-ups Finance SMEs


How Do I Improve My Cash Flow? Invoice Discounting May Be The Answer

How Do I Improve My Cash Flow? Invoice Discounting May Be The Answer

Posted 5 months ago


Invoice trading has become an established method for businesses to improve their cash flow and boost working capital. This type of finance appears to be particularly popular with smaller companies w..

Tagged: Invoice Finance Business Funding Alternative Finance


What To Do If You've Been Refused A CBILS Loan

What To Do If You've Been Refused A CBILS Loan

Posted 5 months ago


To combat the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government unveiled an unprecedented support package to help businesses survive these difficult times. The headline component was the Cor..

Tagged: Coronavirus CBILS Loans Business Finance


Refused A Business Loan? Here's What’s Available

Refused A Business Loan? Here's What’s Available

Posted 5 months ago


Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, banks have become much more risk-averse, which has reduced their willingness to lend. Being refused a loan can be incredibly frustrating for small business o..

Tagged: Debt crowdfunding Lending P2P Invoice Finance


How To Apply For A Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan

How To Apply For A Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan

Posted 5 months ago


Introduced as part of a package of support schemes brought in by the government, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is designed to provide funding for businesses with a..

Tagged: CBILS CLBILS Covid-19 Loans


EU State Aid Rules Are Holding Government Back From Supporting Small Business

EU State Aid Rules Are Holding Government Back From Supporting Small Business

Posted 5 months ago


NextFin is calling on the EU to suspend State aid rules on the Enterprise Investment Scheme to allow increased investment in small businesses struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cu..

Tagged: Covid-19 EIS SEIS Start-ups


The Future Fund Guide For Investors And Entrepreneurs

The Future Fund Guide For Investors And Entrepreneurs

Posted 5 months ago


In addition to the government’s already extensive package of support for small businesses, the Future Fund opened for applications on Wednesday 20th May 2020. The £500m fund, of which t..

Tagged: Future Fund Government Covid-19 Investors Entrepreneurs Investment


How Many EFG Loans Have Been Approved So Far?

How Many EFG Loans Have Been Approved So Far?

Posted 5 months ago


The EFG, Enterprise Finance Guarantee, is a scheme that facilitates lending to small businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance from their lender due to having insufficient security to ..

Tagged: Enterprise Borrow Business CBILS Banks


What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 5 months ago


NextFin has aggregated and monitored over 3000 equity crowdfunding pitches. The FCA regulates the industry and on December 9th new rules came into force highlighting the need for transparency and co..

Tagged: Start-up Seedrs Crowdcube Equity Crowdfunding AIM


How Is Coronavirus Changing The Nature Of Business?

How Is Coronavirus Changing The Nature Of Business?

Posted 5 months ago


Coronavirus has changed life as we know it. The negative impact of the pandemic has been particularly damaging to businesses, many of whom have reported not even having enough cash flow to see them ..

Tagged: Covid-19 Business


Top 5 Businesses Sectors Thriving During Coronavirus

Top 5 Businesses Sectors Thriving During Coronavirus

Posted 5 months ago


As coronavirus has radically changed life as we know it, consumers have been forced to adjust to a new way of living. Despite the negative impact of the virus on many businesses across the world, th..

Tagged: Covid-19 e-commerce GoGetters


The Extent Of The Impact Of Coronavirus On UK Businesses

The Extent Of The Impact Of Coronavirus On UK Businesses

Posted 5 months ago


There is no doubt that coronavirus poses one of the biggest challenges to the health of the UK economy. But to what extent? In this piece, we take a look at the latest data from the Office of Nation..

Tagged: Covid-19 UK Economy


Seed-Stage Funding For Start-ups Drops By 80%

Seed-Stage Funding For Start-ups Drops By 80%

Posted 5 months ago


Early-stage businesses raising money for the first time have taken the hardest hit in the drop in venture capital funding, it has been revealed. According to new research by Plexal and Beauhurst, fu..

Tagged: Start-ups Raise Finance Entrepreneurs Investment


Is An Innovative Finance Isa (IFISA) For You?

Is An Innovative Finance Isa (IFISA) For You?

Posted 5 months ago


Innovative Finance Individual Savings Allowances (IFISAs) are still a relatively new initiative. Launched by the government less than 5 years ago in April 2016, an IFISA allows you to make peer-to-p..

Tagged: IFISA Investment P2P


Should I Invest In A Start-up During The Covid-19 Pandemic?

Should I Invest In A Start-up During The Covid-19 Pandemic?

Posted 5 months ago


When the spread of coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), there was naturally a slowdown in funding news. Overall, funding rounds were down 22% in March, accordi..

Tagged: Start-up Investment Covid-19


Do Business Incubators Actually Help Businesses?

Do Business Incubators Actually Help Businesses?

Posted 5 months ago


Incubators are attractive for first-time founders because you can learn from experienced executives, test your business model and gain industry credibility from the program's prestige. Most program..

Tagged: Investment Start-ups Entrepreneurs Incubators Raise Finance


How Much Money Should I Raise For My Start-up?

How Much Money Should I Raise For My Start-up?

Posted 5 months ago


It’s perhaps one of the most asked questions by any entrepreneur. It’s also one of the most challenging. Raising money takes time and doesn’t necessarily have a guaranteed outcome...

Tagged: Investment Entrepreneurs Start-ups Raise Finance


Itasca Wines Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Itasca Wines Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Posted 5 months ago


NextFin recently provided Itasca Wines with a rating of 76%. A Hampshire-based vineyard and winery that produces find English wines, Itasca Wines is raising funds to build and equip a contract winem..

Tagged: Itasca Wines Equity Crowdfunding Ratings Investment


Smartlands Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Smartlands Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Posted 5 months ago


NextFin recently provided Smartlands with a rating of 76%. A blockchain-based digital finance and investment ecosystem, it allows asset owners to turn an ownership right to a share of any asset, int..

Tagged: Smartlands Equity Crowdfunding Ratings Investment


Over £22bn Worth Of Coronavirus Loans Approved

Over £22bn Worth Of Coronavirus Loans Approved

Posted 5 months ago


To date (21st May, 2020), emergency government support schemes have channelled over £22bn in total to 505,043 businesses, new data has revealed. This is an increase from £14bn to 300,00..

Tagged: News CBILS Bounce Back Loan Covid-19


What Is The Term Funding Scheme, And Why Is It So Important To Extend It To P2P Lenders?

What Is The Term Funding Scheme, And Why Is It So Important To Extend It To P2P Lenders?

Posted 5 months ago


While much attention has been paid to the debate surrounding the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, very little focus has been paid to other lending support options. One of these is the ..

Tagged: News P2P Lending Bank of England


Fintechs Could Lose £1bn Worth Of Investment As A Result Of Covid-19

Fintechs Could Lose £1bn Worth Of Investment As A Result Of Covid-19

Posted 5 months ago


Research from TechUK and Qadre has revealed that 68 percent of Fintech founders have reported missing out on crucial funding rounds as a result of coronavirus. The report ‘Making Fintech work ..

Tagged: News Fintech Covid-19


What Government Schemes Are Currently Open To P2P Lenders?

What Government Schemes Are Currently Open To P2P Lenders?

Posted 5 months ago


It's been almost three months since the Chancellor unveiled the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) - the first of a range of schemes designed to support small businesses strugglin..

Tagged: News CBILS Covid-19 Funding Circle Assetz Capital Market Finance P2P


Are You A Very Early Stage Startup Wanting To Raise Capital? Here’s How

Are You A Very Early Stage Startup Wanting To Raise Capital? Here’s How

Posted 5 months ago


Before equity crowdfunding becomes an option, entrepreneurs will often self-fund at the very early stages of a start-up. If you are a business owner looking for sources of funding, but not ready to ..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Entrepreneurs Start-up


What Does It Mean To Have Significant Control?

What Does It Mean To Have Significant Control?

Posted 5 months ago


When we think of control, we think mostly about who owns a business. But the concept runs far deeper than ownership. Control actually refers to having a sufficient amount of voting shares of a comp..

Tagged: Shareholder Business Entrepreneurs


P2P Platform Market Finance Is Approved For CBILS

P2P Platform Market Finance Is Approved For CBILS

Posted 6 months ago


MarketFinance has become the latest alternative lender to be approved under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The CBILS is designed to support businesses that are losing re..

Tagged: News P2P Market Finance CBILS Covid-19


Raising Finance: Comparing Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Equity Crowdfunding

Raising Finance: Comparing Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 6 months ago


Trying to find the best source of funding for your business can prove to be a difficult task and has traditionally been one of the most difficult parts of getting an idea off the ground. As a sector..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Venture Capital Angel Investment EIS SEIS Start-ups


When Does The Coronavirus Furlough Scheme End?

When Does The Coronavirus Furlough Scheme End?

Posted 6 months ago


The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Job Retention Scheme until October 2020. There are currently 6.3 million people having up to 80% of their salaries paid by the government under the furlo..

Tagged: News Covid-19


Over 50% Of CBILS Applications Approved

Over 50% Of CBILS Applications Approved

Posted 6 months ago


According to UK Finance data, over 50 percent of applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) have now been approved by lenders. The scheme provides financial support ..

Tagged: News Covid-19 CBILS


Government Could Expand Future Fund To Include EIS Tax Relief

Government Could Expand Future Fund To Include EIS Tax Relief

Posted 6 months ago


It is being reported that the government’s support package for startups could be amended to incentivise private investors to invest in small businesses alongside the government with the prospe..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Future Fund Covid-19


What Opportunities Are Available To P2P Investors During The Pandemic?

What Opportunities Are Available To P2P Investors During The Pandemic?

Posted 6 months ago


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, there have been reports of peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders instituting a number of measures to counteract the current economic situation. In previous articles, we hav..

Tagged: Covid-19 P2P Investors Assetz Capital Zopa Funding Circle Ratesetter


How Well Is CBILS Performing?

How Well Is CBILS Performing?

Posted 6 months ago


Since its launch on 27th March, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been amended a number of times to account for a number of businesses that fell through the net. With the scheme..

Tagged: News Covid-19 Small Business CBILS


What Fintechs Are Currently Offering Government Loans?

What Fintechs Are Currently Offering Government Loans?

Posted 6 months ago


At present, just over £4.1bn worth of CBILS has been handed out to over 25,000 businesses, with over 65+ lenders accredited under the scheme. But as NextFin has reported, Fintechs are often be..

Tagged: Fintech CBILS Covid-19 Loans


Small Businesses Could Miss Out On Bounce-Back Loans

Small Businesses Could Miss Out On Bounce-Back Loans

Posted 6 months ago


With only eight banking groups having been authorised to handle applications for the government’s new 100% bounce-back loan scheme, there are now fears that many small businesses could fail to..

Tagged: News Bounce Back Loan Suren Thiru Covid-19


Government Will Postpone Business Rates Revaluation

Government Will Postpone Business Rates Revaluation

Posted 6 months ago


A revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus, Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has anno..

Tagged: News Business Rates Covid-19


Everything You Need To Know When Applying For the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Everything You Need To Know When Applying For the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Posted 6 months ago


Earlier this week the government announced that the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) had opened for applications. In light of the immense struggle of some businesses to access CBILS, NextF..

Tagged: News Bounce Back Loan Covid-19


Over 100,000 Firms Apply For Loans Under Bounce Bank Scheme

Over 100,000 Firms Apply For Loans Under Bounce Bank Scheme

Posted 6 months ago


It has been reported that more than 100,000 of Britain’s micro businesses have applied for the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme on its first day. Offering the smallest companies loa..

Tagged: News Bounce Back Loan Small Business Covid-19


P2P Platform Assetz Capital Is Approved for CBILS

P2P Platform Assetz Capital Is Approved for CBILS

Posted 6 months ago


The peer-to-peer (P2P) property platform Assetz Capital has become the second of its kind to be accredited by the British Business Banks to issue loans under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Lo..

Tagged: News Assetz Capital CBILS


How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

Posted 6 months ago


Equity Crowdfunding secondary market As of February 2020, there still isn't a truly liquid market for equity crowdfunding. Seedrs have launched something that resembles one on their platform which ..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Secondary Market EIS


NextFin Interviews Sunil Shah, The 2019 Business Angel of The Year

NextFin Interviews Sunil Shah, The 2019 Business Angel of The Year

Posted 6 months ago


What makes the perfect pitch? What do investors look for in a business? These are questions that will cross the minds of any entrepreneur, and ones that, if approached properly can make the differen..

Tagged: News Angel Investor EIS Covid-19 Sunil Shah


Are You Eligible For A Bounce Back Loan?

Are You Eligible For A Bounce Back Loan?

Posted 6 months ago


Small businesses will now be able to apply for the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme in which they can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with funds arriving within days. Thousa..

Tagged: Covid-19 Loan CBILS


Are you self-employed? Here’s What The Government Is Doing For You

Are you self-employed? Here’s What The Government Is Doing For You

Posted 6 months ago


It feels like an age has passed since the Chancellor unveiled his first scheme to assist those who were self-employed and struggling to deal with the economic shock of Covid-19. Since the 27 March, ..

Tagged: Self-employed Covid-19


CBILS approvals by banks remain below 50%

CBILS approvals by banks remain below 50%

Posted 6 months ago


Banks continue to approve fewer than half of applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), as total lending reached more than £4.1bn under the scheme this week. ..

Tagged: News CBILS Covid-19 Funding Circle Assetz Capital Folk2Folk P2P


How To Mitigate The Impact of Covid-19 Through Payment Holidays

How To Mitigate The Impact of Covid-19 Through Payment Holidays

Posted 6 months ago


Loan payment holidays are the most common mitigation measure being used by small businesses to help sustain cash flow during the pandemic, a new survey has found. Research from Purbeck Insurance Se..

Tagged: News Loans CBILS


Covid-19 Loans Provide Just 2% Of Cash Needed To Cover Unpaid Bills - CBILS Needs Expanding

Covid-19 Loans Provide Just 2% Of Cash Needed To Cover Unpaid Bills - CBILS Needs Expanding

Posted 6 months ago


It has been revealed that the £2.8bn worth of funding set aside for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) accounts for only 2% of the £218.8bn currently due to SMEs i..

Tagged: News CBILS Covid-19


NextFin Has Updated Its Website - Here's What's New

NextFin Has Updated Its Website - Here's What's New

Posted 6 months ago


At NextFin, we’re constantly reviewing the latest equity crowdfunding data to provide entrepreneurs and investors with the best experience and to give them the best chance at securing finance ..

Tagged: CBILS Grants Equity Crowdfunding P2P Covid-19


Four More Lenders Approved Under CBILS. But Again, Not One Is A P2P Lender

Four More Lenders Approved Under CBILS. But Again, Not One Is A P2P Lender

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The British Business Bank has approved four new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).  The lend..

Tagged: News CBILS P2P lending Money & Co


Government Introduces 100% Backed Loans For Small Businesses

Government Introduces 100% Backed Loans For Small Businesses

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Small businesses struggling to mitigate the economic impacts of Covid-19 will now be able to apply for a 100 percent government-backed loan between £..

Tagged: News Covid-19 Small Business


Government Considering 100% Guarantee on Coronavirus Loans

Government Considering 100% Guarantee on Coronavirus Loans

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering whether to offer 100 percent guarantees on loans to Britain’s smallest businesses, after coming under sustaine..

Tagged: News CBILS Covid-19


Less than half of CBILS applications have been approved

Less than half of CBILS applications have been approved

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Less than half of loan applications under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme (CBILS) have been approved so far, according to figures. Data from..

Tagged: News Covid-19 CBILS


More Than £6bn Of Coronavirus Grants Given To Businesses

More Than £6bn Of Coronavirus Grants Given To Businesses

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Small- and medium-sized businesses have received £6.1 of the £12bn worth of emergency grants made available by the government to enable them t..

Tagged: News Covid-19 Grants


What Grants Are On Offer For Small Businesses Seeking Funding?

What Grants Are On Offer For Small Businesses Seeking Funding?

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Securing grants for your business or start-up is a challenge - but there is help available. To help you make the best choice, NextFin has compiled a list ..

Tagged: News Covid-19 SEIS Grants


How Offering CBILS Through IFISAs Can Help Small Businesses Impacted By Covid-19

How Offering CBILS Through IFISAs Can Help Small Businesses Impacted By Covid-19

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Already, NextFin has suggested a number of ways the government can utilise innovative schemes to protect those businesses most at risk from the economic i..

Tagged: News IFISA CBILS Money & Co P2P Covid-19


It's Time The Government Recognised The Benefits of Allowing Fintechs To Provide CBILS

It's Time The Government Recognised The Benefits of Allowing Fintechs To Provide CBILS

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  With less than 6,022 loans under CBILS approved last week, NextFin is one of many voices calling on the government to urgently approve fintechs to g..

Tagged: News P2P CBILS


Government Announces £1.25bn Package to Support Start-Ups

Government Announces £1.25bn Package to Support Start-Ups

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The government has announced £1.25bn worth of funds to help support start-ups that are not eligible for the current coronavirus economic relief sche..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS CBILS


Funding Circle Accredited By British Business Bank And Are Now Offering Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS)

Funding Circle Accredited By British Business Bank And Are Now Offering Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS)

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Funding Circle can now offer CBILS after becoming the first marketplace lender (P2P) platform to be approved for accreditation by the British Business Ban..

Tagged: News P2P CBILS Funding Circle


Mobilising Private Investor’s Assets To Fund Small Businesses

Mobilising Private Investor’s Assets To Fund Small Businesses

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Now, along with the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), and the P2P industry, we are calling on the government to embrace new proposals to co..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS P2P


P2P Platform Lendy Granted Three-Year Extension To Administration

P2P Platform Lendy Granted Three-Year Extension To Administration

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The peer-to-peer property lender Lendy is to remain in administration, after being granted an extension of an additional three years. In a letter seen by..

Tagged: News P2P


Funding Circle Gets Approved For Coronavirus Scheme in America - But Still No Approval In The UK

Funding Circle Gets Approved For Coronavirus Scheme in America - But Still No Approval In The UK

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bight & Oliver Murphy The peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle has received approval for the US scheme to provide funding to small businesses impacted by the economic implications..

Tagged: News P2P Funding Circle


Up To A Million Small Businesses Face Going Under As Many Continue Struggling To Access CBILS

Up To A Million Small Businesses Face Going Under As Many Continue Struggling To Access CBILS

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy According to a Corporate Finance Network Report, 800,000 to 1 million small UK businesses cannot access CBILS. The Network, which is working with 13,000 b..

Tagged: News CBILS


Covid-19: Treasury Expected To Announce Measures To Support Start-ups

Covid-19: Treasury Expected To Announce Measures To Support Start-ups

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The Treasury is expected to announce a “rescue package” that could involve private investors and the British Business Bank in an effort to sup..

Tagged: News Crowdcube


Calls For Greater Transparency On Performance of Coronavirus Economic Support Schemes

Calls For Greater Transparency On Performance of Coronavirus Economic Support Schemes

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The Labour Party has called for what it calls “much greater transparency” on the implementation of and effectiveness of the government’s..

Tagged: News P2P EIS SEIS


Zopa To Stop High Risk Lending In Response to Coronavirus

Zopa To Stop High Risk Lending In Response to Coronavirus

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The P2P lender, Zopa, has announced it will stop lending to borrowers in higher risk bands in response to the coronavirus.  In an email originally s..

Tagged: News P2P


None of the British Business Bank's Four New Approved Lenders are P2P

None of the British Business Bank's Four New Approved Lenders are P2P

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  Some two weeks ago, NextFin reported on how Peer-to-Peer lenders, JustUs and Assetz Capital had applied to become accredited lenders of the governme..

Tagged: News P2P


Could Equity Crowdfunding Offer  A Lifeline For Small Businesses?

Could Equity Crowdfunding Offer A Lifeline For Small Businesses?

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Coronavirus poses an existential threat to small businesses in the UK. As Nextfin has reported, while the expansion of the Chancellor’s re..

Tagged: P2P Crowdfunding News MarketFinance


How Are P2P Platforms Reacting To Coronavirus?

How Are P2P Platforms Reacting To Coronavirus?

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) industry faces a challenging time ahead. With a brewing economic downturn in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many lenders are..

Tagged: News P2P


Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  Given the unprecedented economic impacts of Coronavirus, we at NextFin would like to provide our customers and partners with an update on how the eq..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Equity Crowdfunding Seedrs


What Is Equity Crowdfunding? - NextFin’s Guide

What Is Equity Crowdfunding? - NextFin’s Guide

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  For companies that need to raise capital, there are a number of options they can choose from. Whether it be investing personal capital, securing a l..

Tagged: Entrepreneurs Tax EIS SEIS Seedrs


Who Exactly Can Qualify for the Government's CBILS?

Who Exactly Can Qualify for the Government's CBILS?

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Two weeks ago, the Chancellor unveiled what has been described as an “unprecedented” support package for UK business. Part of this was the int..

Tagged: News Loans Start-ups


9 out of 10 Early Stage Businesses Could Fail - The Government Needs to Raise The SEIS and EIS

9 out of 10 Early Stage Businesses Could Fail - The Government Needs to Raise The SEIS and EIS

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  There is no doubt that coronavirus has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the whole of UK business. However, a recent survey has ..

Tagged: News Start-ups Tax Entrepreneurs


What Do The Changes To CBILS Actually Mean For Businesses?

What Do The Changes To CBILS Actually Mean For Businesses?

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Last week, after sustained criticism, the Chancellor overhauled the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to make it easier for businesses struggl..

Tagged: News Loans Start-ups Assetz Capital MarketFinance


Lobbyists Call For Funding Package To Protect Start-Ups

Lobbyists Call For Funding Package To Protect Start-Ups

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Tech Start-ups could be “wiped out” without a government bailout. That’s the verdict of seven of the UK’s leading tech industry lobb..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Start-ups


Nextfin Comments On The Save Our Startups' Campaign, CBILS and The Self Employed

Nextfin Comments On The Save Our Startups' Campaign, CBILS and The Self Employed

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy In response to the financial risks posed by Covid-19, co-founder of Crowdcube Luke Lang has announced a new campaign aimed at helping entrepreneurs struggli..

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Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak

Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak

Posted 7 months ago


The Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak MP Chancellor of the Exchequer 11 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA United Kingdom   1 April 2020   The Government must take urgent action to protect jobs and..

Tagged: News Tax Peer-to-Peer


Businesses Struggling To Access Coronavirus Loans

Businesses Struggling To Access Coronavirus Loans

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  Despite being introduced over a week ago, NextFin has learnt that a number of businesses are struggling to secure government loans to support them thr..

Tagged: News Business


Restrictions For P2P Lending To Be Lifted From Government’s Coronavirus Loan

Restrictions For P2P Lending To Be Lifted From Government’s Coronavirus Loan

Posted 7 months ago


In a previous article, we discussed four ways in which the government could stimulate the economy and protect jobs. One such way was to extend the government’s Coronavirus Business Interr..

Tagged: News Peer-to-Peer


Four Things The Government Can Do To Stimulate The Economy And Protect Jobs

Four Things The Government Can Do To Stimulate The Economy And Protect Jobs

Posted 7 months ago


The Chancellor’s relief package has been heralded as a ‘lifeline’ by many businesses. Yet, for many small limited companies desperate to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, it doe..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS


How Raising SEIS and EIS Allowance Could Stimulate Private Equity Investment Into Early Stage Businesses

How Raising SEIS and EIS Allowance Could Stimulate Private Equity Investment Into Early Stage Businesses

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright and Oliver Murphy  The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) with the support of Nextfin is lobbying H.M Treasury for significant short term changes to..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS


Rishi Sunak’s Self-Employed Relief Package Excludes 2 Million People

Rishi Sunak’s Self-Employed Relief Package Excludes 2 Million People

Posted 7 months ago


In a recent article for The London Economic, CEO of Nextfin Sacha Bright was approached to comment on the measures Chancellor Rishi Sunak had implemented and how they fell way sh..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


Government’s Job Retention Scheme Does Not Cover Owner-Managers

Government’s Job Retention Scheme Does Not Cover Owner-Managers

Posted 7 months ago


The Government has now published further details on the Job Retention Scheme which was announced amongst a raft of measures to support businesses through the current disruption of Coronavi..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


Government’s Coronavirus Support For Self-Employed Excludes Small Limited Companies

Government’s Coronavirus Support For Self-Employed Excludes Small Limited Companies

Posted 7 months ago


Despite what Chancellor Rishi Sunak has heralded as a “very generous scheme” for the self-employed, this latest government stimulus package appears to exclude an integral part of the sel..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


Government scheme to help business is much too slow and bureaucratic – SMEs will go bust

Government scheme to help business is much too slow and bureaucratic – SMEs will go bust

Posted 7 months ago


Sacha Bright, CEO of NextFin discusses with Maggie Pagano of Reaction Life on how the Government scheme Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) needs to be implemented quickly to avoid thousan..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans

Posted 7 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO NextFin An entrepreneurs view. Are they fit for purpose? The Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme (CBILS) if supported by the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs Relief Cut for Lifetime business owners

Entrepreneurs Relief Cut for Lifetime business owners

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO What does the Entrepreneurs' Relief cut mean to business owners and could this stifle enterprise? Entrepreneurs' Relief is getting cut to £1M from £10M. ..

Tagged: Tax Entrepreneur News


Business rates cuts and £3000 cash for small businesses

Business rates cuts and £3000 cash for small businesses

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO Sacha Bright comments on the Budget 2020, Wednesday 11th March Business rates cut to small business retailer  So, it takes a virus to get the government to unde..

Tagged: Tax News Bank


How Will the Bank of England Interest Rate Cut help small business

How Will the Bank of England Interest Rate Cut help small business

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO Why discourage start-ups by cutting one of the very few tax benefits they get? The Bank of England has cut interest rates today to 0.25%, will this help small busines..

Tagged: Bank Entrepreneurs Tax


Entrepreneurs' Relief Cut: The Important Facts

Entrepreneurs' Relief Cut: The Important Facts

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Stephen Hazell-Smith, Chairman of NextFin (Twitter: @thecitygrump) You will probably have seen that those think tanks, The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Resolution Foundation,..

Tagged: Entrepreneurs news tax


How do Share Options and Sweat Equity Work?

How do Share Options and Sweat Equity Work?

Posted 8 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO Nextfin Business owners and investors are often fixated on how much percentage of a company they own rather than what it's worth. Have you ever heard of the saying a sma..

Tagged: tax investments


Entrepreneurs' Relief Cut

Entrepreneurs' Relief Cut

Posted 9 months ago


Author: Stephen Hazell-Smith, Chairman of NextFin Does our Chancellor and the Treasury understand capital formation for entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs’ Relief has been spotlighted by the Insti..

Tagged: Entrepreneurs News


What are EIS and SEIS tax investment schemes?

What are EIS and SEIS tax investment schemes?

Posted 9 months ago


As legal adviser to a number of investment funds and small to medium-sized businesses, we are often asked at Harper James Solicitors which UK government schemes offer the most tax-effective ways to ..

Tagged: Investment EIS SEIS Tax Investors


How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

Posted 9 months ago


If you want to see your money build and create wealth over time, potentially investing in businesses could be the answer. Aside from the possibility of earning profits, investing in businesses can ..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding investment Start-up


The future of equity crowdfunding

The future of equity crowdfunding

Posted 9 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO Since founding Business Agent Ltd 6 years ago, now rebranded to NextFin we have aggregated and monitored over 3000 equity crowdfunding pitches and the industry is around 1..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding Crowdcube Seedrs


A guide to peer-to-peer property lending

A guide to peer-to-peer property lending

Posted 10 months ago


Author: Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, Chief Strategy Officer at Blend Network Many of you may have heard about peer-to-peer (P2P) property lending; some of you may have already dipped your toes in it;..

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NextFin revealed that it had acquired CrowdRating

NextFin revealed that it had acquired CrowdRating

Posted 10 months ago


Business Agent Ltd, trading as NextFin, is launching a new peer-to-peer lending rating service. The firm explains how NextFin will provide an additional layer of due diligence on the industry for in..

Tagged: FCA Peer to Peer


How Boris’ manifesto affects start-ups

How Boris’ manifesto affects start-ups

Posted 10 months ago


Boris Johnson has promised good regulation and support for British businesses, a £3Bn National Skills Fund, pledged to keep corporation tax at 19%, increase R&D tax credits and continue to..

Tagged: FCA News SEIS


Benefits of P2P Finance & Securing its Future

Benefits of P2P Finance & Securing its Future

Posted 10 months ago


P2P finance has evolved over the last 7 years. Peer to Peer is triple edged, you have the borrower, the lender/investor and the platform. They all need to be happy with a deal for it to work. If a ..

Tagged: Peer-to-peer Lending


Approved Persons Regime Replaced

Approved Persons Regime Replaced

Posted 11 months ago


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have replaced the Approved Persons Regime from the 9 December 2019. Along with the new P2P platform rules, detailing the need for transparency and ensuring pot..

Tagged: FCA Compliance transparency P2P


FCA New Rule on Transparency

FCA New Rule on Transparency

Posted 11 months ago


The new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules become enforceable on 9 December which will affect crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms, PS19/14 section 2.36, detail the need for the platfo..

Tagged: FCA Peer-to-Peer Transparency Equity & Debt Crowdfunding


Crowdfunding Investor Types

Crowdfunding Investor Types

Posted 11 months ago


The new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules, PS19/14, coming into force on 9 December 2019 state that crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms must classify their potential investors. All ..

Tagged: Crowdfunding investors peer-to-peer fca


Equity Crowdfunding Social Impact Rating By NextFin

Equity Crowdfunding Social Impact Rating By NextFin

Posted 11 months ago


Following the acquisition of CrowdRating, NextFin are now rating equity crowdfunding pitches to provide potential investors an independent rating to allow them to make informed decisions. We ask th..

Tagged: entrepreneur alternative finance equity crowdfunding


Does Boris Tax Cuts Affect Start-ups

Does Boris Tax Cuts Affect Start-ups

Posted 11 months ago


Boris Johnson plans to scrap the pledged tax cut to corporation tax and spend the money on the NHS. As an equity & debt crowdfunding aggregation platform representing thousands of small busines..

Tagged: sme's business economy


MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

Posted 12 months ago


Business Agent Ltd, the UKs first FCA regulated Alternative Finance aggregator and ratings platform has merged with CrowdRating and rebranded to NextFin - The Alternative Finance Marketplace. NextF..

Tagged: crowdfunding investments equity crowdfund investing raising finance p2p alternative finance entrepreneur


Sacha Bright has his say on Craft Beer crowdfunding in The Times. Say cheers as craft beer flows into the mainstream

Posted 2 years ago


Published by The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/say-cheers-as-craft-beer-flows-into-the-mainstream-dz0mxbfkq The home brew industry is burgeoning, with investors keen to enter the land of..

Tagged: The Times Crowdfunding


Pensions are getting in on the P2P act

Pensions are getting in on the P2P act

Posted 3 years ago


If you are unhappy with the low interest rates that cash savings presently offer and typical income alternatives like equity income funds and corporate bond funds, well you’re not alone. ..

Tagged: Pensions bonds


EIS investment is more generous than ever for UK tax payers from 6th April

Posted 3 years ago


From the 6th April EIS investing is even more generous for UK tax payers, as changes from the 2017 autumn budget come into effect. As we reported back in November, the Chancellor wishes to encourage..

Tagged: EIS SEIS TAX RELIEF INVESTMENT


Veganism is on the rise and so is investment in it

Veganism is on the rise and so is investment in it

Posted 3 years ago


Restaurant chain Stem + Glory is expanding with thanks to 680 investors who helped it to raise more than £600,000 on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube this week (funding closed on Tuesday..

Tagged: Crowdfunding Restaurant


Do you have a thirst for brewers?

Do you have a thirst for brewers?

Posted 3 years ago


There’s a thirst for brewers in the UK it seems. Whether it’s gin, beer, whisky or Vodka brewers are looking for capital and investors are drinking it up. But is investor appetite whette..

Tagged: Crowdfunding brewers investors


International Women's Day.  A Push For Progress

International Women's Day. A Push For Progress

Posted 3 years ago


The working world has undergone radical change in the last 30 years thanks to technology and the internet. Remember faxes? Teletext? Dial up internet? When you only had a landline? Looking ahead the..

Tagged: International women's day Fintech


Brexit and Interest rates: what do they mean for crowdfunders and P2P INVESTORS?

Brexit and Interest rates: what do they mean for crowdfunders and P2P INVESTORS?

Posted 3 years ago


London, 16 February 2018: well it has been a busy week hasn’t it. Brexit dominated the headlines, as the Conservative Government did its best to look organised, rouse and inspire. Economically..

Tagged: Brexit P2P Investors


Alternative finance is a vital resource for UK SMEs

Alternative finance is a vital resource for UK SMEs

Posted 3 years ago


Brexit has brought uncertainty and uncertainty is a poor bedfellow for a business trying to plan ahead. The large corporates have been vocal about their concerns, yet arguably the issue is even more..

Tagged: SMEs Alternative lenders P2P Platforms Loans


P2P investing? Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

P2P investing? Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

Posted 3 years ago


Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Analysis from firm 4th Way earlier this week found that the odds of losing money in a severe recession were up to 10 times higher if you lent to just one bo..

Tagged: p2p investing risk management IFISA tax efficiently


Technology: the future is now?

Technology: the future is now?

Posted 3 years ago


20 years ago Google, facebook, Uber, Amazon and Airbnb did not exist. Today, Facebook, Google and Amazon are considered to have market values that exceed $500 billion, Uber over $50 billion and Airb..

Tagged: Google Facebook Uber Amazon Airbnb investment equity Thyngs investors technology companies equity crowdfunding


Investing In An Alternative Finance Platform

Investing In An Alternative Finance Platform

Posted 3 years ago


Ever fancied investing in an alternative finance platform? Well if you have you should definitely get in touch with businessagent.com, but you may also find the news that investly, a peer-to-peer le..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding p2p investing p2p compare platform peer-to-peer lending


Sacha Bright comments on 4th Alternative Finance Industry Report

Sacha Bright comments on 4th Alternative Finance Industry Report

Posted 3 years ago


Sacha Bright, founder and CEO of businessagent.com the regulated independent market place for the UK equity crowdfunding and business peer-to-peer (P2P) lending comments on Friday’s 4th Altern..

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UK Equity Crowdfunding's second biggest fund raising ever happened this week

UK Equity Crowdfunding's second biggest fund raising ever happened this week

Posted 3 years ago


The highest funding amount for a crowdfunding campaign in the UK was for Crowdcube, who raised over £7 million, 146% of their target funding amount, with the backing of 3,699 investors.  ..

Tagged: Equity crowdfunding Crowdcube ADC Biotechnology InvestingZone Sacha Bright Invest Investors


Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS): bigger and better in 2018

Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS): bigger and better in 2018

Posted 3 years ago


November 2017: well how exciting. Expectations were that the Chancellor and HMRC would see the money flowing into EIS and VCTs as a sum of cash worth grabbing and would change the tax treatment acco..

Tagged: Enterprise Investment Scheme EIS Autumn budget Investment investors investing tax relief


Does Crowdcube’s pulling of Shaw Academy’s crowdfunding campaign herald the beginning of a significant change for the Crowdfunding sector?

Does Crowdcube’s pulling of Shaw Academy’s crowdfunding campaign herald the beginning of a significant change for the Crowdfunding sector?

Posted 3 years ago


24 November 2017: Something rather interesting happened this week, Crowdcube pulled Shaw Academy’s crowdfunding campaign from its platform.   Shaw Academy, if you don’t know of th..

Tagged: Crowdfunding Crowdcube Investors investing Shaw Academy fairness for investors


Sacha Bright, CEO of businessagent.com comments on the latest Budget

Sacha Bright, CEO of businessagent.com comments on the latest Budget

Posted 3 years ago


CEO of businessagent.com, Sacha Bright shares his thoughts on the budget “Hammond’s budget today will be welcomed by the alternative investment community. More money to the British Busin..

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Why is property/real estate equity and debt crowdfunding booming in the UK?

Why is property/real estate equity and debt crowdfunding booming in the UK?

Posted 3 years ago


The Real estate (property) sector is embracing both debt (P2P) and equity crowdfunding in the UK and elsewhere around the world. To date 19% of the total money invested on UK equity crowdfunding pla..

Tagged: property real estate equity crowdfunding debt crowdfunding invest investing investment NESTA


What does the NESTA/Sage report on SME productivity offer crowdfunding investors?

What does the NESTA/Sage report on SME productivity offer crowdfunding investors?

Posted 3 years ago


NESTA and Sage published a report on regional Small and Medium (SME) sized business productivity in the UK this week. It makes for fascinating reading and should certainly attract the attention of W..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding peer to peer lending p2p lending NESTA Sage SMEs London competition businesses


Banks not lending to small businesses is stunting Britain’s growth

Banks not lending to small businesses is stunting Britain’s growth

Posted 3 years ago


Every year, thousands of small businesses see their loan applications rejected by the big Banks. Figures from the British Business Bank (BBB) suggest that this equates to around £4bn in loans ..

Tagged: British Business Bank small businesses growth slowing business loans SMEs investment The Hampshire Trust Bank Centre for Economics and Business Research debt capital adequacy


What can happen if you default on a business loan?

What can happen if you default on a business loan?

Posted 3 years ago


If you are aware that you won’t be able to meet your monthly loan repayment the best course of action is to call your lender and let them know. Most lenders would prefer to work on a repayment..

Tagged: business loan alternative finance default unsecured loan secured loan avoiding a loan default renegotiate loan terms


Are P2P platforms about to face their toughest test yet?

Posted 3 years ago


On Monday GLI Finance wrote down the value of its investments in eight peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms by £12.6 million. The investment company that backs fintech businesses cited “..

Tagged: business finance P2P lending peer to peer lending GLI Finance invest investment Lendy Zopa risk


Goldman Sachs to launch a UK online Bank and possible P2P lending platform

Posted 3 years ago


Goldman Sachs, the US based investment bank, is set to launch a new online Bank in the UK. It will aim to provide savers with more attractive returns than those on offer from the UKs high street Ban..

Tagged: Goldman Sachs investment bank alternative finance online bank p2p lending peer to peer lending Zopa Ratesetter


Why interest rates remaining low for at least another year is good news for the peer-to-peer business lending sector

Posted 3 years ago


A survey by the BBC of the UKs leading economists suggests that interest rates are unlikely to rise before next year.   In June three of the nine members of the Bank of England’s (BoE) ..

Tagged: p2p lending peer to peer lending interest rates IFISA Bank of England alternative finance BBC


Despite low visibility IFISA attracts an average account size of £8,500 and £17m in its first year

Posted 3 years ago


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data released today shows that £17 million was invested in Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISAs) in the 2016/2017 tax year.    Launched in April 2016 some ..

Tagged: Alternative finance IFISA HMRC Stocks & Shares Peer to Peer lending P2P lending investment investors growing interest in IFISAs


RateSetters withdrawal from the P2PFA highlights the importance of data transparency

Posted 3 years ago


Sacha Bright the CEO and founder of businessagent.com, the UK’s authorised equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) aggregator for businesses believes it is time for the UK’s debt and ..

Tagged: businessagent.com Sacha Bright equity crowdfunding peer to peer p2p Ratesetter P2PFA transparency


Personal relationships matter

Posted 3 years ago


Personal relationships matter. No matter the advances in technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), this remains clear. businessagent.com offers investors and businesses sight of the UK&rsq..

Tagged: alternative finance peer to peer p2p SME technology artificial intelligence investors businesses banks IFISA


Could a buy-to-let sell off lead to a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending boost?

Posted 3 years ago


The National Association of Landlords believes that 20% of landlords plan to sell one or more of their properties in the next 12 months. Why? Because conditions that favour an attractive regular inc..

Tagged: peer to peer lending p2p lending National Association of Landlords property IFISA investors investments


An update on the Peer to Peer marketplace

Posted 3 years ago


The big news earlier this week was released on 31 July by RateSetter. The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending site announced that it has issued more than £2 billion of loans to businesses and individua..

Tagged: alternative finance peer to peer lending p2p lending Ratesetter improve transparency default rates


Equity Crowdfunding or Venture Capital?

Equity Crowdfunding or Venture Capital?

Posted 3 years ago


The reality of crowdfunding and Venture Capital is that the two routes to raising capital are already blurring and becoming more interdependent – which when you consider the fact that equity c..

Tagged: Equity crowdfunding venture capital alternative finance pros and cons raise capital


What do debt warnings mean for investors and small businesses?

Posted 3 years ago


The debt warning The Bank of England (BoE) warned again on Tuesday about rising debt levels in the UK. Whilst the majority of UK household debt is related to mortgages, other debt such as credit ca..

Tagged: alternative finance business loans bank of england debt levels peer to peer P2P investing saving


The state of UK Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 3 years ago


Beauhurst have stated that equity investment into high growth UK firms is up this year. In their latest update, they said that May saw “an unusually large amount invested” and that June ..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding peer-to-peer P2P Crowdcube investors transparency crowdfunding statistics crowdfunding tools


For capital fund raising success consider combining your options

Posted 3 years ago


Never before have businesses in the UK had so many options available to them for raising capital. Where in the past networks were limited and generally localised they can now, thanks to new technolo..

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Banks cutting local ties is better news for businesses than it may first appear

Posted 3 years ago


Last week the Guardian reported that RBS was cutting jobs in its small business loans department and outsourcing work to India. These cuts follow the closure of 158 branches last year and represent ..

Tagged: banks cutting local ties P2P peer to peer RBS good news for businesses


An exciting week for Peer-to-Peer

Posted 3 years ago


It has been an exciting week for the UK’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sector. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) agreed to give full authorisation to several of the sectors biggest names. Which on t..

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What’s of note in the UKs Peer-to-Peer and equity crowdfunding sectors

Posted 4 years ago


We are almost at the half-way point for 2017, which begs the question what is worth noting in the Peer-to-Peer and UK equity crowdfunding markets?   Well firstly peer-to-peer is having a reco..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding p2p peer to peer alternative finance IFISA Innovative Finance


Write the greatest children's story ever told... their own!

Posted 4 years ago


There’s no denying that, in this digital age, we are taking more pictures of our children than ever before. More people are seeing them too: thanks to social networking. As great as this is, i..

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How to be risk aware and make an informed decision about investing in UK equity crowdfunding

Posted 4 years ago


You are aware of the scenario: before you are two doors; one leads to certain death and one to riches. Before you stand two guides; one can only answer your questions honestly, the other will always..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding be risk aware make informed decisions alternative finance investment peer to peer lending p2p lending


Great news for small businesses: new NatWest “3 minute loan”

Posted 4 years ago


This week NatWest announced that it will be launching a new online lending platform. The “3 minute business loan” will allow small businesses to borrow up to £35,000 in a process t..

Tagged: business loan Natwest 3 minute business loan small businesses peer-to-peer marketplace p2p marketplace p2p loans p2p lending banks bank loan


London Diamond and Emerald Exchange crowdfunding campaign

Posted 4 years ago


All businesses have one thing in common, they all require investment to succeed.  In the past, that often involved a formal meeting with a bank manager to discuss a business loan and overdraft ..

Tagged: Diamond and Emerald equity crowdfunding crowdfunding finance raising capital


Why all the IFISA fuss?

Posted 4 years ago


Why all the IFISA fuss?   The Innovative Finance ISA - or IFISA – is gaining attention at the moment for a number of reasons, but here are 4 of them; It is new The Financial Conduct A..

Tagged: IFISA Innovative finance What is the fuss What is an IFISA how can I benefit P2P peer-to-peer


What is peer-to-peer lending?

What is peer-to-peer lending?

Posted 4 years ago


Peer-to-peer lending – also known as P2P lending, debt crowdfunding and marketplace lending – is an alternative financing model whereby people borrow from other people, rather than going..

Tagged: business loans business sme business funding loans peer to peer peer to peer loans peer-to-peer loans peer to peer lending peer-to-peer lending equity crowdfunding


What is debt crowdfunding and how does it work?

What is debt crowdfunding and how does it work?

Posted 4 years ago


What is debt crowdfunding? Debt crowdfunding, sometimes known as peer-to-peer lending or loan-based lending, is an alternative way for businesses to borrow money. In essence, it’s the same pr..

Tagged: business business loans debt crowdfunding debt crowd-funding crowdfunding equity equity crowdfunding business loans finance business finance start ups sme business growth


6 things to check closely before applying for a crowdfunding loan

6 things to check closely before applying for a crowdfunding loan

Posted 4 years ago


There is an alternative to traditional lending from a Bank, debt crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending. There are risks for the companies doing the borrowing, just as there are for the lenders. Her..

Tagged: loans finance crowdfunding equity debt secured loans banks start ups smes business funding credit check


Ten useful numbers businesses and investors should know about alternative finance in the UK

Posted 4 years ago


Ten useful numbers businesses and investors should know about alternative finance in the UK   6% is the percentage of all seed and venture stage equity investment provided by equity crowdfund..

Tagged: finance alternative finance peer to peer p2p peer-to-peer investors investment crowdfunding equity crowdfunding peer to peer lending p2p lending


Newly published government consumer savings infographic fails to include Innovative Finance ISA

Posted 4 years ago


The government has just published its ‘Ways to Save in 2017’ infographic. Despite being designed to inform consumers about ISA’s and other savings options, there is no mention of t..

Tagged: BondMason IF ISA finance financial services P2P lending peer-to-peer innovative finance


Will USA trump regulation for impact on UK Alternative finance market? Asks our CEO Sacha Bright

Posted 4 years ago


 Will USA trump regulation for impact on UK Alternative finance market? Asks our CEO Sacha Bright   It is a little early to say quite how Trump’s Presidency will impact Alternative..

Tagged: business agent donald trump alternative finance peer to peer p2p america economics peer-to-peer business loans borrowing altfi fintech


Businessagent.com is Crowdfunding!

Posted 4 years ago


  Businessagent.com is excited to announce that we are now crowdfunding! Businessagent.com aggregates equity and debt crowdfunding investments. This makes it easy for investors and lenders to ..

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Why Invoice Finance Might Be Right for Your Business

Posted 4 years ago


Financing your business comes in many different forms and can vary from what you assume to be available. The standard business loan is of course the traditional form of finance, however not every bu..

Tagged: finance alternative finance invoice finance MarketInvoice raising finance business finance business loans


CMA Puts Pressure on High Street Banks to Step Up

Posted 4 years ago


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have spent the last 2 years inquiring into the technological state of high street banks and the ease of switching between accounts. The CMA have announced..

Tagged: banks cma interest rates mobile apps high street banks banking current accounts overdrafts technology fintech api loans borrowing alternative finance peer to peer bank of england


Banks Begin to Cut Interest Rates

Posted 4 years ago


The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) recently voted to cut interest rates down to a low of 0.25%, the lowest we have seen in 7 years. This is part of the measures that Mark Carney is planning to put ..

Tagged: rbs natwest lloyds baking group mpc banks economy brexit lending loans borrowing saving interest rates alternative finance peer to peer lending p2p mortgage rates


How Social Is Your Business?

Posted 4 years ago


  We have seen the way businesses promote themselves change drastically over the last 10 years. With the growth of online and digital, new trends are always coming into play and it can be a to..

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P2PFA Q2 Data Shows Growth Slows for Peer to Peer Lending

Posted 4 years ago


The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association have just release the data for Q2 of 2016 to show that lending currently stands at £5.8bn with around £658 Million lent in Q2. This shows a dip fr..

Tagged: p2pfa ifisa innovative finance isa isa peer to peer p2p peer to peer lending p2p lending zopa funding circle alternative finance business loans loans


Bank of England to Lower Capital Buffers & Interest Rates Following Brexit

Posted 4 years ago


  Mike Carney, the Bank of England’s Governor has stated that interest rates will be cut this summer to battle a Brexit slowdown.  Ten year government bond yields have dropped as we..

Tagged: brexit bank of england BoE interest rates alternative finance mike carney lending alternative finance peer to peer equity crowdfunding eu referendum sme small businesses


Become an Angel Investor Lunchtime Masterclass

Posted 4 years ago


Business Agent, Bond Dickinson and Angels Den are collaborating to bring you an exciting new event and would like to invite you to attend our ‘Become an Angel’ lunchtime masterclass. ..

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What Effect Could “Brexit” Have on Investors & UK Growing Businesses?

Posted 4 years ago


“Brexit” is one of the biggest decisions that we are facing to date. The UK public have been given a huge choice in whether or not we stay in the EU, or decide to leave.  Many peopl..

Tagged: brexit eu uk hscbc simon wells ftse 100 economics investors invetsing sme's business growth isa ifisa's dollars pound exchange rate


Business Finance: Beyond the Business Loan

Posted 4 years ago


Business Finance: Beyond the Business Loan   For many, the traditional business loan is the most logical option when looking for finance. However, sometimes it just doesn’t work out how..

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UK Treasury Committee Express Concerns over Peer to Peer Lending

Posted 4 years ago


Recently the chairman of the UK Parliament Treasury Committee wrote to the head of the FCA and Andrew Bailey, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for Prudential Regulation, expressing concerns ov..

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CMA’s Output on Retail & SME Banking

Posted 5 years ago


The latest report from the CMA (competition & Market Authority) runs over the competition in retail banking, as well as provisions for SME’s. The 405 pages run over the problems being caus..

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Hey Mr Cameron, How About Investing Into UK Companies?

Posted 5 years ago


I’m sure you are all aware of Mr Cameron’s recent tax affairs which are all over the news as it has been very hard to avoid. I wanted to give some different views on the situation and al..

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Innovative Finance ISA’s: What’s The Deal?

Posted 5 years ago


    Innovative Finance ISA’s: What’s The Deal?   If you are like us, you have been anticipating the launch of alternative P2P ISA’s (innovative finance ISA). The..

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How does the budget affect alternative finance? Business Agent looks at the 'lifetime ISA', CGT and the increase in stamp duty surcharge.

Posted 5 years ago


One thing that really sparked our interest was the new ‘Lifetime ISA’. Individuals under 40 can now save up to £4000 a year into the new ISA until they reach 50. For every £4..

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Overfunded: Blessing or Curse?

Posted 5 years ago


  Crowdfunding has played a huge role in helping businesses get the boost they need and gain the funds they need. Equity Crowdfunding is the same practice however; it involves the selling of s..

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Business Agent challenges Lord Turner’s Irresponsible Scaremongering

Posted 5 years ago


Lord Turner former head of FSA stated yesterday "The losses on peer-to-peer lending which will emerge within the next five to ten years will make the worst bankers look like absolute lending genius..

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Crowdfunding Response to US Interest Rate Hike

Posted 5 years ago


Business Agent, the first FCA approved Crowdfunding Aggregator has responded to the first US interest rate rise in a decade by pointing UK investors to crowd funding as a way to achieve a return on ..

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Equity Crowdfunding Statistics from Altfi about companies that have secured funding

Posted 5 years ago


Congratulations to altfi.com for taking on the difficult task of collating data and forming an independant report on the status of companies that have raised finance through equity crowdfunding! &n..

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How to equity crowdfund

Posted 5 years ago


How to Equity Crowdfund.   So what is equity crowdfunding? It’s a way of raising funds by selling shares in much the same way the London Stock exchange works or AIM. Thousands of people..

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Property investment in the peer-to-peer and crowdfunding market

Posted 5 years ago


A recent White Paper from research company Datamonitor, The Global Wealth Market in 2015, has found that alternative asset classes are becoming increasingly important as part of high net worth inves..

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The Crowd to finance crowd-powered technology - Pavegen

The Crowd to finance crowd-powered technology - Pavegen

Posted 5 years ago


Every so often something comes along to remind us precisely why crowdfunding is such a brilliant concept. The latest case to point is Pavegen, a technology that uses the power of human footsteps to ..

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How to Crowdfund - Business Agent launches it's Discovery Day

Posted 6 years ago


Crowdfunding aggregator BusinessAgent is bringing together a group of senior industry experts to share their experience of forming, financing and growing businesses with aspiring entrepreneurs at On..

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SMALL BUSINESS ACT BECOMING LAW IS ONLY ONE STEP IN A STILL VERY LONG JOURNEY FOR SME's SEEKING ACCESS TO FINANCE

Posted 6 years ago


Measures designed to pave the way for businesses to get improved access to finance have become law following Royal Assent for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act being given ..

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Acumen or Altruism? Equity Crowdfunding for Good Causes

Posted 6 years ago


Amid all the controversy about equity crowdfunding, its pros and cons and risks and rewards it would be understandable if one got the impression that the concept is purely about finance – and ..

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EQUITY CROWDFUNDING AS WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING

Posted 6 years ago


Link to article cited: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c3d01f9a-b75a-11e4-8807-00144feab7de.html#axzz3SZTQDCf2  By Sacha Bright, CEO www.businessagent.com  Judith Evans’ recent FT articl..

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Crowdfunding EIS and SEIS investments - In praise of diversity across sectors and geography

Posted 6 years ago


How to build an enterprise investment scheme and portfolio using equity crowdfunding Having recently discussed some of the advantages of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, I was interested to ..

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A Philosophy of Caution that Keeps the Fun in Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 6 years ago


  ‘If you’ve got £10,000, don’t invest in one start-up… …Put £100 into 100 start-ups!’A Philosophy of Caution that Keeps the Fun in Equity Cro..

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The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme – Could More Investors be Reaping the Rewards?

Posted 6 years ago


As founder and CEO of the UK’s first debt and equity crowd funding aggregator, Sacha Bright spends a lot of time talking to investors and start-up companies about the relative risks and reward..

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Should Sophisticated Investors Remain the Target Demographic for Equity Crowdfunding? - Nate Nead, MD of Crowdfundraiser

Posted 6 years ago


Referring to any investor, whether large or small, as “unsophisticated” is likely to be taken as insulting or demeaning. Small investors often play a pivotal role in financing some very ..

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Peter Harrison, Managing Director of FGH Security and Dragons Den contestant, talks about his experience

Posted 6 years ago


I set up my own security company in 2003 whilst still studying at university. Crowd funding was not available back then; I relied on my student loan, my overdraft and some very clever use of our cas..

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