Financing business

SMEs missing out on innovation finance support

Many small and medium-sized enterprises are not accessing available resources for funding innovation and research and development activities.

SME lending under government scheme increases

Lending to SMEs under the government's Funding for Lending Scheme rose by £500 million in Q2 2015, according to the Bank of England.

EIS funding sees record rise in 2013/14

Small businesses raised £1.46 billion through the enterprise investment scheme in 2013/14, the highest ever annual amount lent through the scheme, official figures show.

Small firms continue to utilise equity finance

The use of equity finance among small firms has more than doubled over the past 3 years, according to a report by the British Business Bank.

Firms affected by late payment

More than three quarters of businesses suffer from late payments, according to research by Bacs.

Government scheme approves 25,000th business loan

The Start Up Loan Company has approved 25,000 business loans, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

Small firms predict 2015 growth

Almost two thirds of small businesses are predicting business growth in 2015, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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.

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