Financial Capital


Access to Finance Stalls UK’s Business Competitiveness Score

Problems with getting access to finance has been cited as one of the main reasons that Britain’s position in the list of ‘best countries to do business in’ has fallen this year.
The World Economic Forum’s annual global competitive index was released recently and it documents how various countries around the world fare in terms of [...]

Smarter Financing for ambitious SMEs - webinar

Join our live webTV show to get tips and advice on raising capital

Show date
Tuesday 12th March
Show time
12.45 (UK time)

Whether you own an established small business, or a start-up, at some point it is likely that you’ll have to look at the issue of raising capital, so making sure you know who and where to [...]

Aldermore bank, raises £36 million to fund continued support for small businesses

Aldermore, one of Britain’s leading challenger banks and a participant in the government’s National Loan Guarantee Scheme, is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised £36 million of new capital.
The investment, (made by funds controlled by Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a leading private investment firm), strengthens Aldermore’s position as one of Britain’s most strongly capitalised [...]

New channel 4 series brings opportunity for people wanting to start in business

Are you fed up with your job and dreaming of being your own boss? Channel 4 wants to hear from you!
A New Channel 4 series ‘Compare Your Life’ has enlisted Carlton Hood - the former CEO of Confused.com - to help families who are desperate to escape the daily grind and become their own boss.
In [...]

Audio Business Podcast - SME tips on how to challenge new business rates

From April 1st business rates are set to rise by an average of 5.77% across England and Wales. Experts warn that the increase, coupled with the painfully slow rates appeals process to challenge business rates, is stifling business growth in the UK. The estimated total amount of savings due back to UK businesses from the [...]

Inventor seeks investors to help usher in new ice age that cuts carbon emissions

An Irish inventor has developed a product which can help large supermarket retailers cut carbon emmissions and save money.
Tom Glynn, 55,  from Galway Ireland, first spotted the opportunity when he noticed that the retail of ice, the type used to cool drinks at parties and celebrations, was a major problem for the €30m turnover [...]

Essex Business Seminar - Weathering the storm, March 2nd 2012

Business Seminar: Weathering the storm
Date: Friday 2nd March 2012
Time: 10.00 am to 12.30pm at,
Venue: Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH UK
The organisers, Birkett Long solicitors say:
This seminar is a must for all investors.  In a challenging economic environment, investment choices can be difficult.  Our panel of experts will look at a range of investment opportunities. In [...]

Do you need cash for your business idea? Dragons Den 2012

Last Year’s Dragons’ Den was record breaking, attracting more viewers than ever before. New Dragon Hilary Devey arrived, arched her shoulder pads and firmly established her place amongst the revered business leaders, and some of Britain’s best entrepreneurs gained the cash they desperately needed to turn their business fortunes around. Now it’s 2012 and [...]

Summary of UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2011

The Chancellor has today delivered his autumn statement to Parliament, alongside the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s updated forecasts for growth and borrowing. He announced permanent reductions in spending to ensure that the UK meets its fiscal targets, using some of those savings in the short term to fund infrastructure investment to generate [...]

A Guide to Cutting Business Software Costs - OpenOffice

When adding up all costs for IT equipment, software and any other related technology that your new business might need, you’ll probably factor in some sort of office suite. This generally consists of a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, a Drawing application and perhaps a Database.
Indeed, all of these products are vital to any organisation, but the [...]

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