2018 at the Business Finance Guide

The British Business Bank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales would like to thank all the entrepreneurs, small business owners and industry professionals who have contributed to the Business Finance Guide in 2018:


Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, shared a message with budding entrepreneurs in January with her top 5 reasons to start a business in 2018.


Responsible Finance contributed to an article which looked at the finance options available to those that have previously been rejected for finance, and showcased an example of a social enterprise that received investment from a responsible finance provider.


Clive Lewis from ICAEW offered his 6 top tips for business owners seeking to get more from the relationship with their accountant, and outlined how businesses can recognise when it might be time to change accountants.


The Midlands Engine Investment Fund from the British Business Bank launched its £100 million equity fund for SMEs in February 2018.


At the start of the new financial year FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) shared a video about the opportunities that the new financial year can bring to small businesses in the UK.


Ishka vodka - Crowdfunding pitchPatrick Ryan, founder of Russian vodka start-up, Ishka, who also works as a fundraising manager at the crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, shared his 8 top tips for a successful crowdfunding campaign.


Experienced investors Sunil Shah and Peter Cowley shared the 4 characteristics that investors are really looking for in a short video.


In our most viewed article in 2018, Dr. Catherine Beech, CEO of bio-technology firm Exonate, shared her advice and tips for securing the right investment for your business.


Tim Mills from the Angel CoFund shared his advice for businesses seeking angel investment with 7 top tips to consider before pitching for angel investment.


Nigel Walker from Innovate UK talked about Innovation Loans and shared three options for businesses looking to fund later stage R&D projects.


Mikko Summala, UK Managing Director of Parking Energy, a disruptive innovator in the electric vehicle market shared his top tips for innovative businesses.


The British Business Bank launched the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund in June 2018, making £40m available to small businesses in the region.


A case study with Andy Martin from AFM Lighting showed how one small business used support and advice from its accountants to build a multi-million-pound business.


Helen Miller, Growth Hub Manager from Leicester and Leicestershire Growth Hub, explained what Growth Hubs are and how businesses can benefit from contacting their local Growth Hub in this two-part interview.


Leo Scott Smith, founder of wearable tech start-up, Tended, shared his wide-ranging experience of securing business funding, and explained why being based in quite a rural location isn’t a barrier to growth.

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