Our guide to alternative finance for SMEs 04/04/2016 Business Financing We know that looking for business funding can be a daunting experience. Traditional funding methods in the form of business loans from banks can be a long, drawn out process and require considerable planning, business acumen and accounting. But did you know that banks are not the only funding option open to start ups and established businesses? In recent years, the alternative finance sector has grown in leaps and bounds and there are now a whole host of other sources of finance. Whether you have a new business idea, want to expand your current business, want to invest in your employees or simply need cash to tide you over. ‘Alternative finance’ is often an umbrella term and applies to many different lending models from short term loans and invoice financing to long term solutions such as business cash advances and investments from venture capitalists. So, if you’re looking to finance your business or a new project, it’s important to remember that when it comes to alternative funding, there is not a one size fits all solution. Our guide to alternative finance for SMEs was created to assist all types of small and medium sized businesses find the right type of finance for them. To help you make up your mind about which solution is the best for business, we cover the current alternative financial options available, describing how they work, the benefits and which type of business they’re suitable for. If you would like to learn more about the alternative finance options available to small businesses, download our free guide.