Financing a business

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

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Financing a business - overview

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

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Start up funding - overview

Raising enough money to start a small business can be difficult. Find out how to calculate how much you need and where you can obtain funding.

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Setting prices - overview

Setting prices is a crucial task and getting it wrong can be disastrous for your business. Find out how to set prices to maximise profitability.

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Cash flow - overview

Effective cash flow management is crucial. Learn tips and techniques to help you maintain a positive cash flow and keep your finances in the black.

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Start up costs - overview

Start up costs can quickly escalate unless you keep them under control. Learn which costs you may incur and how to calculate and minimise them.

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Budgeting

While you can't know exactly what the future holds, budgeting reduces uncertainty and helps you anticipate problems. Here's how to create a budget.

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Collecting debts - checklist

Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.

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Controlling a budget - checklist

Staying on top of your finances is vital if you want your business to succeed. Read our handy hints on controlling your budget.

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Controlling costs - checklist

Our helpful checklist will show you the areas to target when you're trying to understand or reduce business costs.

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Controlling credit - checklist

To avoid the risk of late payment - or no payment at all - it's essential to vet the people you offer credit to, and make your terms clear.

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Drawing up a budget - checklist

A helpful checklist on drawing up your business budget, including what to put in it and who to involve in the process.

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Finance your community organisation

Funding can be hard to come by and competition is fierce - but by planning your approach you can maximise your chances of attracting finance.

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Finance your start-up business

When setting up a new business you need to be clear about how much money you are going to need and where to find it. Read our overview of the options.

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Getting a grant - checklist

Your business might be entitled to claim a grant. Here's how to identify a scheme and apply for grant funding.

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Getting a grant for your business

Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.

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Increasing profitability - checklist

Profitability needs to be the key long-term aim of any business. Follow our helpful tips to ensure you have the best chance of making profits.