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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.

If you’ve been declined for lending in the last 30 days you also have a right to a referral to a Government Designated Platform who, with your consent, will seek to match your business' needs with the most suitable lender for your circumstances.

For more information on your right to a referral, please visit the Business Borrowing and Appeals section and click on the 'Referral' tab.

Government Designated Platforms



business finance compared are a price comparison website dedicated to helping SMEs find available products based on their credit profile

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fundingoptions scan the market to find the options that best suit your needs.

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FUNDING XCHANGE lets you compare quotes for your business from over 30 finance providers.

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General help and support services



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

Find out more is an easy-to-use search engine for businesses to find a suitable local mentor.

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Alternative funding



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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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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