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A Short Guide to Alternative Finance

The growing popularity and availability of ‘alternative finance’ has been one of the big business stories of the last five years or so. The expansion of the Alternative Finance universe isn’t surprising. The great financial crisis swept away many of the comfortable ‘certainties’ of the funding marketplace. Prior to the meltdown in the global banking…

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First Port of Call – When to Seek Alternative Finance

Nature abhors a vacuum, so when bank lending slowed to a trickle in the wake of the global financial crisis, it was almost inevitable that new forms of business funding would emerge to address demand from SMEs for growth and working capital. In the short term, asset backed lenders – the alternative financiers of their…

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In the Mainstream – Alternative Finance’s Strong Presence at the NACFB Expo

This year’s National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) Expo was a hugely successful event. Staged at the NEC Birmingham in late June, the Expo attracted brokers from across the UK, all of them keen to connect with finance providers, network with their peers and participate in discussions about developments in the industry.   Of…

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The Importance of Pre-Mandated Funds – A Valuable USP

It’s been only six years or so since the first peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms arrived to fill a vacuum created by the financial crisis. Since then, awareness of Alternative Finance has risen sharply. For many businesses today – whether seeking to borrow money or sell shares – an AltFi platform may be the first…

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The Changing Face of Customer Service

Challenger Banks and AltFi Platforms are Changing the Face of Customer Service   We’ve all become accustomed to “always-on” customer service;it’s hard to imagine a world in which you couldn’t order a television from Amazon, swap money between bank accounts or update insurance details at any time of the night or day. And if we…

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Opening the Books – Preparing for Due Diligence

Any business owner seeking to raise capital must inevitably ask a simple question. Will my funding proposal represent an attractive proposition to lenders or equity investors? It’s a question that is often the precursor to a series of steps that will ultimately create a better business. A requirement for additional finance forces a change of…

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