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Redefining Equity Crowdfunding

The UK alternative finance market is the largest in Europe, with a rapidly growing value of £1.78bn; equity-based crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing sectors within this market, with a growth of 600% between 2012 and 2013. The sector had a market value of £78 million in 2014, at an average growth rate of 420%.

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Keeping you in the Alternative Business Funding picture

Welcome to the first Alternative Business Funding e-zine, which will now be a regular communications, news and resource point for funders who are part of the ABF collaboration.

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Driving forward the growth of alternative finance with Fundsurfer

We all love great ideas but securing the funding for a grand plan can be very difficult, especially in the current economic climate.

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An insight into UK Bond Network and its position within the alternative funding arena

UK Bond Network is a peer-to-peer platform which uses its syndicate of experienced investors to provide fast and flexible finance to UK SMEs. The finance is structured as corporate bonds, issued to the investors by the borrowing business.

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The prognosis for proliferating platforms

Two weeks ago the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament.

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Surety is a natural match for ABF

ABF broke new ground in bringing DRS Bond Management on board. It was an important move, because surety products are of increasing importance to organisations needing to provide performance bonds.

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A flexible approach from Working Capital Partners Ltd

Working Capital Partners Ltd provides a range of flexible working capital finance solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, from selective single invoice discounting through to the financing of a company's total ledger, including international purchases.

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Alternative Business Funding - Turbocharged Evolution

It almost feels like yesterday's news to be writing a piece on the Alternative Business Funding (ABF) environment, so much having been written on the subject over the last twelve months or so.

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The tectonic plates of small business funding are shifting - and that's not a bad thing

Undoubtedly, the funding of the SME sector is at best widely misunderstood, misrepresented and yet hugely vital to the UK's economic growth, reinvigoration, local employment and, most of all, community survival. If you fail to support this foundation of society then the state has to take over - and it can't afford to.

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Crowdfunding or P2P lending - which is best for my business? | ABF

Crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending? This is the question many business owners are asking as banks remain ineffective at lending and alternative forms of business finance become increasingly mainstream. So the ultimate question then is, which method of finance would work best for you and your business?

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Gold medal effort

Transparency, choice and collaboration are three important themes that will become increasingly significant as the SME finance market changes, with the triple effects of attitudinal shifts, government intervention and technology advances.

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Pitch perfect: How to inspire equity crowdfunding investors

Equity crowdfunding can give digital businesses an attractively practical, simple and direct way of securing the capital they need to start up or grow.

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