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Alternative Sources of Finance

Your Guide to Other Sources of Finance

We want to support your business but it’s not always possible for us to offer you lending. In these situations, we’d like to help by giving you some information about other sources of finance and support that may be available to you. While we don’t endorse or recommend any particular source on this list, it may help you to get started on finding other ways to get the finance you need for your small to medium sized business.

Alternative funding

 

 

Crowdfunder
use the power of the crowd. People donate money in exchange for non-financial rewards, normally given through business activities.

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Funding Circle is an online peer-to-peer lender which provides loans by allowing individual investors to lend money directly to small businesses.

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Start Up Loans is a government funded scheme operating across the UK providing loans, mentoring and other support to start ups and early stage businesses.

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Finance portals

 

 

Better Business Finance offers information on a wide variety of finance providers from across the UK, including business angels, regional funds and government schemes.

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Alternative Business Funding is an online portal designed to provide access to alternative funding for small and medium sized businesses.

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findSMEfinance was created by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers to allow small businesses to gain access to commercial finance using an approved independent UK broker.

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Community Development Finance Institutions are social enterprises that give loans to individuals and businesses within local communities.

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Mentor and support services

 


 

mentorsme.co.uk is an easy-to-use search engine for businesses to find a suitable local mentor.

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Business Growth Service brings together specialist help and support so businesses can fulfil their growth potential.

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This isn’t a complete list of alternative ways to find finance and you may find other options you want to consider. We’re not responsible for these websites or their content and availability. Please remember that we can’t guarantee the outcome of applications with any other finance providers.
 
Note: for independent debt advice, please contact the Business Debtline on 0800 197 6026, or for more information you can visit their website.

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