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What Tax Reliefs Are Available To My Business?

What Tax Reliefs Are Available To My Business?

Posted 3 days 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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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


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..

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Five Ways To Make Your Business More Social

Five Ways To Make Your Business More Social

Posted 23 days 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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Equity Crowdfunding? Here's A Short Guide To What You Need

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

Posted 27 days 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


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 27 days 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 Government Schemes Are Currently Open To P2P Lenders?

What Government Schemes Are Currently Open To P2P Lenders?

Posted 1 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


What Opportunities Are Available To P2P Investors During The Pandemic?

What Opportunities Are Available To P2P Investors During The Pandemic?

Posted 2 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..

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CBILS approvals by banks remain below 50%

CBILS approvals by banks remain below 50%

Posted 2 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


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 3 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..

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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 3 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


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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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 is peer-to-peer lending?

Posted 3 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..

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6 things to check closely before applying for a crowdfunding loan

Posted 3 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..

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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..

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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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