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Car finance

If you have decided to invest or reinvest in cars for your business, raising the money is unlikely to be a problem. Provided you have the cash for the deposit

Business angels

Finance of £25,000 to £750,000 can be surprisingly difficult to obtain. Banks generally require security and many venture capital firms are not interested in financing these amounts. A business angel

Subsidised and guaranteed loans

If you have a promising business but cannot provide the security needed for a conventional bank loan, the Government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme may be what you need. Alternatively, other

Research your export markets

Thorough research is essential before you start exporting. Research helps you identify the best opportunities, understand how to sell into new markets and avoid costly mistakes. Much of the information

First steps to exporting

Exporting can boost your turnover and reduce your dependence on UK-based customers. But moving into export is a big step - it’s important you consider whether your business is ready

Floating your company

Floating your company can be one of the most exciting experiences in your business life. But it can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive. You need to think carefully