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As a business, if the bank says NO where do you go?
Alternative equipment finance options
When it comes to purchasing equipment for a start-up or existing business, a number of people will approach their bank for funding. However, not everyone is successful in this process and here are some of the potential reasons why: If you are a newly incorporated business: Director back…
Finance options for farm and rural start-ups and expanding businesses
What options are available?
One challenge facing any farm or rural business owner – whether a start-up or a growing business – is finding the finance to help turn your dreams into reality. There is a range of available finance options including loans, mortgages, grants and invoice factoring and new options such as crowdfun…
Five steps to buying a business
Guidance when it comes to buying a business
Buying a business can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be an intimidating process. The key to this is to give yourself time to understand the buying process first. Here’s a rundown of the procedure from a buyer’s perspective. Step 1. Know what you want Part of your pre-investment…
Preparing an invoice
What you need to include when preparing an invoice
If your business means you are selling customers a product or a service, and both you and the customer are registered for VAT (Value Added Tax), you will be required to provide them with an invoice by law. When preparing invoices, there are some key pieces of information that must be included…
Should a start-up business or enterprise go to the bank first?
How to approach financing your new business or enterprise
Coming up with a new business idea is exciting but one of the many challenges is finding the finance to help get your idea off the ground. When you are just starting out with no financial or business track record, it’s sometimes hard to get a traditional bank or lender to support you. It coul…
What you need to know about secured lending
Find out how peer-to-peer lending could be an option for your business
What is peer-to-peer lending? Peer to peer (P2P) lending started as an industry in 2005 when paltry saving rates prompted many savers to consider other ways of generating a decent return. This type of lending matches borrowers and lenders directly, cutting out the ‘middleman’ allowing inve…
What’s the importance of a cash flow forecast?
Forecasting cash flow
A cash flow forecast is one of the most important tools for budgeting how much money (cash) is likely to be coming in and going out of your business at any point. It should reflect all of your revenue sources such as sales and payments in, as well as all of your costs and expenses. No matt…
Working capital: The basics
What you need to know to run your rural business
  Working capital is the lifeblood of any business. But what is it, and why is it so vital? Simply defined, working capital represents the amount of money in the business that is tied up with customers and owed to suppliers and HMRC, as well as stock or work in progress. For many busines…
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