While some high street banks are still an option for a robust proposition with match funding or the security of the equity in your home, many start-ups have found that traditional bank overdrafts and loan facilities are no longer a realistic hope.
Thankfully, a whole new world of 'alternative funding' is emerging. You may or may not have heard (apparently 95% of UK businesses survey haven't) of equity based crowd funding, reward based crowd funding, peer-to-peer lending, pension-led funding, invoice trading, debt-based securities business angels and private investing (as seen on TV's Dragon's Den).
The government also recognises that start-ups can play their part in the economy as potential tax payers and employers hence the introduction of the Start Up Loan Company. This fund allows you to apply for up to £25,000 per person - Find out more
Grants - some areas do have grants available to aid new businesses. They tend to be location and/or sector dependent but a fanstatic boost for anyonee who qualifies.
The only problem now is knowing which of these is likely to be best for you! To help you decide, we have created a free funding report...
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If you run your own business in Scotland and would like to learn more about the funding options for your business, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
Barclays Bank Plc
Start your business banking with Barclays. Extra free support beyond banking essentials that will help you start your business. 0845 605 2345
Business Growth Fund
BGF was established in 2011 to help Britain's growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK's main banking groups - Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered - BGF is an independent company with up to £2.5bn with which to make long-term equity investments. BGF also works closely with other key business organisations. 0845 266 8860
The BVCA is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. Our members come from venture capital, through mid-market, to private equity/large buy-out houses from all over Britain. 020 7420 1800
Factoring Advice Service
Information on how factoring and invoice discounting work, the advantages and disadvantages, different types of factoring and invoice discounting, the cost, and how to choose a factor or discounter. 0800 597 4757
Finance and Support for your Business
Part of the Government's gov.uk site. A really useful directory of lenders and providers of business support. You can search by location and requirement. Finance, equity, grant, loan, expertise and advice, or awards.
Starting a business is rewarding but tough, so we're on hand to help you succeed with support from local Business Specialists, online resources in the Knowledge Centre and Business Network, our award winning Business Internet Banking and 18 months free business banking (check for up to date offers). 0800 731 8904
We understand how daunting starting your own business can be, that?s why we?ll give you a named manager to support you, a range of free guidance services to get you off on the right foot, and 18 months free day-to-day banking*; so you can spend less time worrying about your banking and more time building your business. (* See website for current offers). 0800 056 0056
Starting out in business can be a tough time. So to help you get up and running, we have a full range of benefits to get you started. When you become a new business customer, we'll give you 2 years free banking, if you have been in business for less than 12 months*. (* Check website for current offers). 0800 096 8823
Small Business Finance Directory
Lists sources of commercial finance for small businesses, including leasing and hire purchase arrangements, commercial mortgages, and invoice discounting and factoring. It includes banks and other finance companies providing finance direct to small businesses and commercial finance brokers who act as introducers.
A Start Up Loan is a personal loan for entrepreneurs looking to start or scale their business: Borrow between £500 to £25,000 per co-founder - average loan size £10,000. Borrow over 1-5 years at a fixed rate of 6% p.a. No set up fee or early repayment penalties. Every funded entrepreneur receives twelve months of exclusive support as part of The Funded Club. Including; Expert guidance to help you start and scale your business. A dedicated business advice helpline. Regular opportunities to meet with specialist mentors. An experienced mentor who'll work with your business for six months.
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