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Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Looking To Start A Business? Here's How

Posted 2 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


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 2 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


What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

What Is The Future Of Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 2 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


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

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

Posted 2 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


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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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


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

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

Posted 3 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


Who Exactly Can Qualify for the Government's CBILS?

Who Exactly Can Qualify for the Government's CBILS?

Posted 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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


How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

How to Invest in start-ups with equity crowdfunding

Posted 6 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


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 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..

Tagged: finance p2p lending investment crowdfunding business agent equity debt bank loans loans p2p lending business personal finance sme start-ups raising finance shareholders shares investing overfunded levi roots reggae reggae


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


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