If you are an entrepreneur, a start-up or SME* located in the North of England, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) could provide the funding you need to help your business realise its potential.
This report gives a comprehensive view of small business finance markets in the UK. It highlights a diversifying market, with smaller businesses increasingly using finance outside of traditional bank lending, and focuses on areas including patient capital, regional imbalances and the need to raise awareness of finance options still further.
The British Business Bank, Diversity VC and BVCA are joining forces on an industry-wide initiative to build the first clear picture of the representation of women, and diversity more broadly, in the pipelines of UK VC firms. Funds are invited to make contact to share their anonymous data.
With many businesses now focusing on investment and growth, the challenge is to find a suitable and affordable finance option for the type of investment they’re planning. In 2015, the FLA reported that almost 32% of UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software was funded using asset finance – primarily leasing and hire purchase. Suitable for obtaining anything from telephone systems to factory machinery, these finance options are ideal solutions in cases where much-needed equipment may otherwise be out of reach due to limited cash flow. This guide sets out the benefits of asset finance to help business-owners decide if it could help their businesses grow.
This report provides an in-depth assessment of equity markets for smaller businesses using a wide range of data sources. It reports that the UK equity finance market for smaller businesses has bounced back to record highs in 2017, following a decline in 2016.
Using Intellectual Property to Access Growth Funding
The British Business Bank, in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office, examines the challenges facing SMEs in using Intellectual Property as collateral for lending. It shows that firms with Intellectual Property have lower rates of default and loss than those without, and suggests further avenues of enquiry to address current market failures.