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This page covers ways of raising finance whatever the size of the business you are advising, growth strategies and advice on how to develop a portfolio career.

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Portfolio career

Manage your portfolio career

An increasing number of people build their careers by combining several paid activities at the same time. This offers the opportunity to carry out different kinds of work, use a variety of skills or combine paid and voluntary work. A portfolio career can also give you the flexibility you need to balance work and family responsibilities. Use our guides, books, articles and links to find out more about portfolio careers as a career option.

Access to finance

Finance and support for business

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy list of publicly-backed finance or business support schemes.

Alternative Business Funding

A government approved matchmaking service for small businesses and alternative finance providers.

Better Business Finance

Developed by the British Bankers' Association, the Better Business Finance website brings into one place a wide range of finance providers across Britain.

SME Finance Monitor

Quarterly updates on UK SMEs and their access to finance, published by market research consultancy firm BDRC Continental.

Seed finance

Apply for a start-up loan for your business

A government funded scheme to provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs. As well as start-up finance, the scheme offers free support and guidance to help prepare a business plan and up to 12 months of free mentoring for successful applicants.

Fifth UK Alternative Finance Industry Report

Published in 2018 by Cambridge Judge Business School and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. This detailed report tracks and benchmarks crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance in the UK.

Crowdfunding explained

A guide for small and medium sized enterprises on crowdfunding and how to use it

First steps in business

Information on the things you should consider before taking the plunge into business.

Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund was established in 2011 to provide investment for Britain’s growing SMEs.

Growth Business

Practical tips and articles for established businesses undergoing rapid expansion.

Business management

Books, articles and online resources to help you start a company, secure finance, measure business performance or manage your supply chain.

Why write a business plan?

A business plan is essentially the route map that helps you establish a viable new business. It will also be essential if you need to raise finance for your business.

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Leveraged finance: poster child or problem child?

The article focuses on the contribution of leveraged finance to the crises in the banking industry. Topics discussed include an overview of the leveraged finance, its irrational exuberance, the association of the crises with derivative exposure and structuring, and the resilience of the credit market to the crises.

Effective financial projections for a startup

Practical considerations to help startups develop a business plan with meaningful financial projections.

Why creativity is essential

The author argues that business strategy can benefit from an environment that fosters creativity in addition to reliance on traditional analytical models.

Why growing your business could be the worst decision you make

The author argues that survival is more important than expansion. He cites a study of 3,200 startups which found that 74 percent of those businesses failed because they grew too quickly.

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