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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 16h 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..

Tagged: sme coronavirus entrepreneur news


What Do I Need To Launch My Equity Crowdfunding Campaign?

What Do I Need To Launch My Equity Crowdfunding Campaign?

Posted 3 days 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 ..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding alternative finance sme entrepreneur business


How Are Each Of The Coronavirus Business Loan Schemes Performing?

How Are Each Of The Coronavirus Business Loan Schemes Performing?

Posted 7 days 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..

Tagged: news sme coronavirus business loan entrepreneur


Which Countries Are Spending The Most On Coronavirus?

Which Countries Are Spending The Most On Coronavirus?

Posted 10 days 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 ..

Tagged: coronavirus entrepreneur news


Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable To Repay Government Loans

Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable To Repay Government Loans

Posted 13 days 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..

Tagged: coronavirus cbils bbls sme finance loan entrepreneur


What Does The New Furlough Scheme Mean For You?

What Does The New Furlough Scheme Mean For You?

Posted 13 days 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..

Tagged: coronavirus business entrepreneurs news sme finance


Top Ten Equity Crowdfunding Tips

Top Ten Equity Crowdfunding Tips

Posted 13 days 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..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding alternative finance entrepreneur business sme


Top Tips For Reopening Your Business After Covid-19

Top Tips For Reopening Your Business After Covid-19

Posted 14 days 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..

Tagged: coronavirus news business sme entrepreneur


Common Equity Crowdfunding Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Common Equity Crowdfunding Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Posted 14 days 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..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Alternative Finance Entrepreneur SME Investor


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

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

Posted 14 days 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..

Tagged: Loan Business Capital Entrepreneur SME


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 14 days 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..

Tagged: Grants Business Coronavirus SME Entrepreneur


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 14 days 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..

Tagged: Coronavirus Business EIS SEIS Investment Entrepreneur SME


Funding Your Business Without A Bank

Funding Your Business Without A Bank

Posted 14 days 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..

Tagged: Banking Alternative Finance P2P Equity Crowdfunding SME Entrepreneur Business


Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Posted 14 days 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..

Tagged: Coronavirus SME Future Fund EIS SEIS Startups Business Entrepreneur


How Do You Value A Startup?

How Do You Value A Startup?

Posted 20 days 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..

Tagged: Business startups venture entrepreneur sme funding finance equity crowdfunding


True Royalty TV Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

True Royalty TV Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Posted 20 days 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..

Tagged: Rating equity crowdfunding alternative finance business entrepreneur


How Do I Register A Trademark?

How Do I Register A Trademark?

Posted 21 days 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 21 days 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..

Tagged: LEP business sme funding finance entrepreneur


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

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

Posted 27 days 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 27 days 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


The Future Fund Guide For Investors And Entrepreneurs

The Future Fund Guide For Investors And Entrepreneurs

Posted 1 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


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

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

Posted 1 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


Do Business Incubators Actually Help Businesses?

Do Business Incubators Actually Help Businesses?

Posted 1 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 1 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


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 1 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 1 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


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 3 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


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 3 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..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


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

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

Posted 3 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO NextFin 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 t..

Tagged: News Entrepreneurs


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

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

Posted 3 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright and Oliver Murphy  The Government has now published further details on the Job Retention Scheme which was announced amongst a raft of measures to support businesses throug..

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 3 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright, CEO NextFin Despite what Chancellor Rishi Sunak has heralded as a “very generous scheme” for the self-employed, this latest government stimulus package appears to ..

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 3 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 3 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 4 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


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 4 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


MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

Posted 8 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


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