Sources of finance and product comparison

There may be times when it’s good for your business to consider other sources of finance.

Take a look at the government designated platforms below to see how our business products compare against others in the market. 

If you’ve been declined for lending in the last 30 days, you have a right of referral to a government designated platform. With your consent, they will seek to match your business’ needs with the most suitable lender for your needs. 

While we don’t endorse or recommend any particular source on the list, it may help you find other ways to get finance.

Want to find out more? Take a look at our business borrowing and appeals page then see our 'Referral' section.

Alternative Business Funding lets SMEs find and compare a range of funding choices.

Funding Options lets you scan the market to find the options that best suit your needs.

Funding Xchange lets you compare quotes for your business from over 30 finance providers.

Better Business Finance lets you find information on finance providers in the UK. For example, you can find details about business angels, regional funds and government schemes. is a search engine that you can use to find a local mentor.

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

Funding Circle is a direct lending platform. It aims to help small businesses that have at least 2 years trading with unsecured business loans.

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

This isn’t a complete list of alternative ways to source finance, and you may find other options you want to think about.

We’re not responsible for the websites mentioned or their content and availability. We can’t guarantee the outcome of applications with any other finance providers.

For independent debt advice, you can visit the Business Debtline’s website or call 0800 197 6026

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