Financing business

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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Small firms still struggling with energy contracts

More than 80% of small businesses feel that energy suppliers don't care about their needs, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB said small firms "desperately need the energy market to be fairer and more transparent". We look at current rules and ways to reduce your energy usage.

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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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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Business Bank to support peer-to-peer lending

The British Business Bank will invest £40 million to support peer-to-peer lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

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Prompt payment still an issue for small firms

Business groups have called for reform of the Prompt Payment Code after data showed that more than half of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) members were not paid by the agreed date. The survey of 8,000 FSB members found that 51 per cent of businesses providing goods and services to large businesses were paid late during 2013. We look at ways to improve your debt collections.

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