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alternative finance

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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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