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Making the most of commercial finance

As Chancellor George Osborne’s £20-billion credit easing scheme for small businesses gets off the ground, critics argue the plan will make little difference to cash-starved firms, writes Elliot Wilson


A question of funding

Founder of the School for Startups, Doug Richard is at the forefront of entrepreneurial endeavour. Dan Matthews asks the business mentor and original TV Dragon how best to finance growth

Asset Finance

A solution to the credit crunch?

A gloomy risk outlook and hesitant consumer spending has weighed heavy on the asset finance industry, but this type of borrowing could still be the best bet for cash-strapped companies, as Dan Matthews reports

New Lending Models

Online dragons help to make a killing

Banks are no longer the only game in town. A host of new firms have sprung up offering small businesses an alternative route to finance. Kate Bassett looks at six of them

Cash Flow

How to cope with a cash squeeze

More than three years on from the financial crisis and Britain’s legion of smaller companies, the lifeblood of any economy, still face an uphill slog when it comes to sourcing enough cash, writes Elliot Wilson

Industry Reaction

Finance boom time despite the slump

For many businesses hit by a cash-flow crisis in recent years, commercial finance has been the difference between survival and going under. As a result, the commercial finance industry has recorded strong growth, even at the recession’s peak, writes Jason Hesse


How to negotiate a loan with your bank manager

Josh Sims brushes off his best suit, polishes his business figures and knocks on the bank manager’s door


Economy adapting to ‘new normal’?

As a period of low interest rates looks like coming to an end, businesses could find it harder still to secure finance, warns Charles Orton-Jones

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