Raising finance


Maximise your chances of gaining funding.

If you are thinking of starting a new business, the chances are that you will need to raise finance from an external source. Like everything else, this requires careful planning and good professional advice.

Sources of finance

Some of the more common sources of finance are:

  • overdraft
  • loan
  • mortgage
  • share issue for your company
  • hire purchase
  • leasing
  • debt factoring
  • assistance from Government-backed schemes and from regional authorities
  • venture capital

We can help you to do a comparative study of the costs of each possibility, and also consider any tax implications before making a final decision about who to approach.

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Security

Most lenders will require some form of security from you. No amount of security will make a bad plan good, but it does demonstrate commitment from your side and provide insurance for the lender.

Typical forms of security include:

  • fixed or floating charge over your business assets
  • second mortgage on your home
  • personal guarantees

If the lender requires personal guarantees you should proceed with caution. Try to ensure that any such guarantees are limited in amount, if not in time. You can also consider insuring the risk. You will almost certainly be required to present a comprehensive and convincing business plan to show how you are going to service the loan.

In all three areas - choosing a finance source, securing the finance, and preparing a business plan - you will benefit greatly from our advice.

Maximising your chances of success

While many business owners feel confident about presenting a finance proposal to a bank, a surprising number of proposals are actually turned down.

Here are some essentials for raising finance:


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