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The question of improving access to finance has challenged policymakers for many years.


In its various forms crowdfunding is now a US$34bn global industry, with portal sites like Crowdcube and Kickstarter providing an alternative means of funding for innovators and start-ups to de

The bank referral legislation, which will soon take a giant leap forward when the alternative funding portals receive designation, has shone a light on the importance of signposting small busin


Late payment is an ever-growing problem for UK SMEs, and as a rough rule of thumb, a company will start to feel the strain if it is owed significantly more than 13% of turnover. 


Darren Westlake, chief executive and co-founder of Crowdcube, tells AccountingWEB what the greatest barriers to crowdfunding are and how accountants can help their business clients.


With an agenda to expand, leading CFOs are taking very different approaches to achieve growth

Edinburgh-based cloud accounting developer FreeAgent has turned to the online crowdfunding platform Seedrs to raise £1m.

The Rise of Alternative Finance ProvidersThere has been a huge rise in alternative finance over the last couple of years. This is due to: tougher criteria from banks to lend to SME

Small businesses could get £2bn in additional funds from alternative finance companies within the next year, after a bank loan referral system bill recently got royal assent.

Most small and medium-sized enterprises are interested in using alternative finance to raise money but the fast-growing market will only fulfill its potential if accountants understand it bette