Financing business

Small firms lack savings accounts

Less than a third of small and micro-sized businesses put money into a business savings account, research by Aldermore has found.

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.

New online venture capital initiative announced

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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