Financing business

More start-ups seek private investment

The number of start-ups asking for permission to raise funds through a tax-efficient private investment scheme increased by more than 1,200 in the 2013/14 financial year, research by Radius Equity has found.

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New online venture capital initiative announced

SMEs will be able to get help securing finance from angel and venture capital investors online.

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Credit rating factors misunderstood

Just 2 out of 5 financial decision makers in UK SMEs have ever checked the business's credit report, a survey by Experian has found.

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Peer-to-peer lending exceeds £2bn

Peer-to-peer lenders have given more than £2 billion to businesses and individuals, according to data published by AltFi.

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Small firms blinkered to alternative finance

A third of SMEs are unaware of funding options other than the traditional forms offered by their high street bank, a survey by Aviva has found.

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SME lending under government scheme falls again

Lending to SMEs under the government's Funding for Lending scheme fell by £435 million in Q2 2014, according to the latest figures from the Bank of England.

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Equity and debt finance guide for SMEs

A free guide for small and medium-sized enterprises on debt and equity finance has been published by the British Business Bank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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SMEs reluctant to borrow

High growth small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to seek finance from banks to fund growth, a study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has found.

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UK manufacturing in funding boost

The government has committed an extra £100 million worth of funding to a scheme designed to boost UK manufacturing, the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

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Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

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