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Five Things To Remember Before Equity Crowdfunding

Five Things To Remember Before Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 1 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


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

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

Posted 1 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


Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Posted 1 days 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


What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 9 days 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


Itasca Wines Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Itasca Wines Praises NextFin On Its Ratings Service

Posted 16 days 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 17 days 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


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 19 days 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


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

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

Posted 22 days 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


How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

Posted 1 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 Has Updated Its Website - Here's What's New

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

Posted 1 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


Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 2 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


How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

Posted 4 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 5 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 5 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;..

Tagged: p2p equity property investment Blend Network


FCA New Rule on Transparency

FCA New Rule on Transparency

Posted 6 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


Equity Crowdfunding Social Impact Rating By NextFin

Equity Crowdfunding Social Impact Rating By NextFin

Posted 7 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


MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

MERGER MEANS RATINGS AND COMPARISON FOR CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS

Posted 7 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


Technology: the future is now?

Technology: the future is now?

Posted 2 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 2 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..

Tagged: Sacha Bright equity crowdfunding peer to peer lending P2P lending Alternative Finance Industry Report Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance due diligence


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


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


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


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


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


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

Posted 3 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 3 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..

Tagged: Skwibble share photos with family equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding alternative finance raising funds


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

Posted 3 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


Six common mistakes made by businesses when they equity crowdfund and how to avoid them

Posted 3 years ago


Sacha Bright is the founder and CEO of businessagent.com, he is also an entrepreneur who has been establishing and running different businesses since his early twenties. Sacha set up businessagent.c..

Tagged: Equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding alternative finance common mistakes business agent Sacha Bright entrepreneur


London Diamond and Emerald Exchange crowdfunding campaign

Posted 3 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


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..

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 alternative business finance is best when you are refused a business loan or credit by your bank?

Posted 3 years ago


The financial crisis of the late 2000s made a marked difference to banks’ willingness to lend; business overdrafts became harder to come by and business loan applications met more often with a..

Tagged: business business loans sme finance merchant cash advance invoice finance business growth equity crowdfunding debt debt crowdfunding crowdfunding assets lending business loans


What is debt crowdfunding and how does it work?

What is debt crowdfunding and how does it work?

Posted 3 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

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..

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 3 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


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 ..

Tagged: businessagent.com equity crowdfunding investing venture angel investing aim shares


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..

Tagged: social media business sme marketing advertising twitter facebook instagram snapchat google+ linkedin equity crowdfunding raising finance social online digital


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. ..

Tagged: angel investor investing investor angel business equity peer to peer events angels den businessagent.com bond dickinson investments


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..

Tagged: business loans peer to peer equity crowdfunding loans invoice finance asset finance cash advance cash flow growing business SME marketinvoice LDF Boost Liberis Ultimate finance


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..

Tagged: UK treasury government peer to peer p2p peer-to-peer loans p2p loans investing equity crowdfunding alternative finance fintech risk FCA Andrew Bailey Andrew Tyrie


CMA’s Output on Retail & SME Banking

Posted 4 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..

Tagged: CMA Retail Banking SME Entreprenuer Start-ups equity crowdfunding equity crowdfunding p2p peer-to-peer alternative finance government current accounts personal banking hsbc lloyds tsb nationwide


Overfunded: Blessing or Curse?

Posted 4 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 4 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..

Tagged: finance p2p lending bankers investment crowdfunding lord turner northoak North Oak business agent equity debt bank loans loans p2p lending turner crash economy business personal finance personal lending ratesetter sme wellesley funding circle


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 ..

Tagged: interest rates crowdfunding equity US UK


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..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding altfi.com


Valuations for a start up

Posted 5 years ago


How do you value a start up? This is the golden question and one I get asked on every investor's pitch.   The common answers are: we have compared our valuations to similar businesses at this..

Tagged: valuation start-ups crowdfunding exit equity equity crowdfunding entrepreneur investor


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..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding shares AIM london stock exchange raise finance get funding


Due Diligence For Start-ups

Posted 5 years ago


FINANCIALSRISKOPERATIONSMANAGEMENTSALES Like a business plan dissected, the due diligence process – whether for an investment through equity crowdfunding or the old-fashioned way – is a..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding investment due-diligence start-ups SME's EIS SEIS


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

Posted 5 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..

Tagged: discovery business training start-up raising finance crowdfunding crowdlending P2P business course equity crowdfund Stephen Hazell-Smith


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

Posted 5 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 ..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding small business act loans alternative finance


Acumen or Altruism? Equity Crowdfunding for Good Causes

Posted 5 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 ..

Tagged: crowdfunding equity investment pharmaceutical life sciences


EQUITY CROWDFUNDING AS WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING

Posted 5 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 5 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 ..

Tagged: SEIS EIS equity crowdfunding investments


A Philosophy of Caution that Keeps the Fun in Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 5 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..

Tagged: equity crowdfunding Seedrs Jeff Lynn UKCFA UK Crowdfunding Association Businessagent


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

Posted 5 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..

Tagged: seis capital gains tax investment crowdfunding finance equity


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 ..

Tagged: Nate nead investortype crowdfunding finance equity sophisticated investor


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