Eight ways to raise cash without the banks

Banks are still the main source of funds for small and medium-sized businesses, but the variety and popularity of alternative finance options are increasing

High-growth business lessons: 7 cautionary tales

High-growth businesses can run into financial trouble when confronted by tight-fisted banks or reluctant investors. Here are seven traumatic tales from the front line

How ICOs can democratise funding for startups

Methods of raising capital based on cryptocurrencies are developing fast, enabling smaller investors to get involved

A renaissance for simpler packaging

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In the quest for an environmentally-friendly circular economy, what goes around comes around

Is property crowdfunding ‘safe as houses’?


Upcoming legislation, regulation and taxation is making buy-to-let investment less appealing, but higher returns offered by crowdfunding are not guaranteed

P2P lending and crowdfunding becomes the norm

The alternative finance industry looks set to go from strength to strength to become a tried-and-tested means of business funding

Investing in growth has never been easier

The rise of peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding has opened up opportunities for smaller investors to get a piece of the action alongside the big players

New darlings of the investment world


Tax changes and developing investment channels have focused the investor spotlight on startups, so much so the moneymen are ploughing more cash than ever into new ventures