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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.


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


Given the technology led disruption seen in industries such as music, retail, and travel, it’s maybe not surprising that financial services is experiencing the same tumult, with old established


Alternative finance in the UK is set to continue its rapid growth by offering small business an alternative to bank lending, one of the City's best known fund managers said.


Funders on a website offering small and medium-sized businesses an alternative source of finance to banks has collectively lent £2.7bn since it started last year.


We all know that without sufficient working capital, small businesses can struggle to sustain and fuel growth and therefore more needs to be done to improve access