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Top 10 Tips for Start-ups

Top 10 Tips for Start-ups So, you’ve decided to set up a business. You had a lightbulb moment one day while out walking the dog / looking at Instagram or gazing out of the train window at the rain-soaked fields. ‘That’s it,’ you thought, ‘that’s what I’m going to do – make that widget/ open…

Thinking About Raising Finance?

Thinking About Raising Finance? Here Are Some Things To Think About First Having spent over 30 years in the financial services sector, I have worked with many clients requiring finance for their businesses and been on the other side of the desk when raising funds for my own businesses. Whilst the types of finance being…

The Risks of Finance

The Risks of Finance Often business will apply for funding and in return will be asked to provide commitment from their side. This can be in the form of security, guarantees, debentures, warranties and so on. So what does this mean for the business owner and what happens if things go wrong? Director personal guarantee…

Top 10 Tips for Reward based Crowdfunding

Reward based Crowdfunding can be a brilliant process for testing the viability of that new product or service offering, raising essential funding for a community-based or charity project, or raising some much-needed growth…

Loan Funding – Benefits and Drawbacks

Companies looking for funding often choose to raise funds via loans. Compared to the other options available, loans are often able to be arranged quickly and allow the business owner to retain full ownership of their company..

A2F Project unveils grant packages for funding raises

The EDRF funded Access to Finance programme, delivered by Oxford Innovation, today announced an extensive range of grants to support eligible growth businesses seeking investment. Programme Manager…

NED’s – where’s the value?

Non-Executive Directors are an often-misunderstood resource. They come in many guises and, if carefully appointed, can be invaluable, especially to early stage enterprises. The traditional view of NED’s is of middle aged men sitting around the boardroom table of multi-national conglomerates; their reward for a successful…

Calling potential NED’s

High Growth Coaching specialists, Oxford Innovation, today announced a significant new initiative that will provide fully funded Non-Executive Director (NED) training from the respected Institute of Directors. The ERDF funded Access to Finance (A2F) project is committed to supporting growing companies through…

Xero

Are you up to date with the latest cloud-based accounting solutions available to your business? South West-based Chartered Accountant film Wessex Commercial Solutions is running an informal group session for Access to Finance focused on one such package – Xero. Join us on 17th October at 9:30am…