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A jargon-free guide to financing your small business: an introduction

So you want to inject some cold hard dinero into your business? Perhaps you’ve got a great idea for a business, but lack the funds to get it off the ground. Maybe cash flow is holding you back, or you need to buy yourself some snazzy new equipment. Regardless, knowing where to go and what you need when it comes to financing a brand new business can often be bamboozling.

Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be delving into small business finance with a series on where to find the best information on the various ways of financing your new business. We’ll also be talking to some small business heroes about their experiences along the way!

The small business finance pot is brimming with buzzwords and balderdash, so we’ve tried to make things simple. We’ll be looking at:


A no-nonsense guide to the best places to find information about putting your own savings, investments and other assets into your business. We’ll also cover getting help from your friends and family.


Great places to appeal to the masses and put your business case forward for their financial support.


Whether you’re looking for angel investment or to attract venture capital interest, this handbook give you the low-down on where to start.

Bank loans

We’ll be producing a definitive guide to what’s on offer from major UK banks.

Government support

The government offers heaps of help to small business owners, but it’s often hard to track down – luckily, we’ve produced a handy resource so you can find what you’re looking for.