Small business past

A Christmas Carol – Small Business Past

Whatever the season, small businesses work harder on any given day than Mr Claus on Christmas Eve. Santa may take all the glory, but it’s the determined businesses around the country that deserve the real recognition. To celebrate the work they do, we’re presenting our very own Christmas Carol, looking at small business past, present […]

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Keep your staff happy this Christmas

Jingle all the way – it’s that time of year again! Whilst we eagerly anticipate Christmas throughout the year, it can very quickly become a stressful period in the workplace. Businesses face the difficulty of trying to create a fun working environment whilst ensuring productivity doesn’t fall as a result. So what can you do […]

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Interest rates explained

Interest rates are vital to understand when it comes to getting finance for your business. They determine how much it costs you to borrow, and change depending on how long you want to borrow for. Interest rates can be calculated in a variety of ways, so to make sure you’re not comparing apples with oranges, […]

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Small businesses back European Free Trade Agreement

Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. To make your voices heard, we ask your views on key topics each quarter, and share your answers with journalists and policy makers. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, we asked thousands of small business owners for your views on the negotiations. More […]

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Promote your business with affordable swag

Promotional merchandise or “swag” is used to promote a business, their products and identity. Whether you love getting a branded pen or are always giving them out, we don’t often think about the impact these items have in promoting a business. In this blog we’re looking at how you can create a lasting impression on […]

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Do you work harder than Mark Zuckerberg?

Business owners are characterised by their hard work and dedication. Putting in the hours is a fact of business life, but how do you stack up against other professions? Do you work harder than a teacher or an airline pilot? How about Ronaldo or Mark Zuckerberg? See how your working week compares below. Airline pilots […]

Get your business ready for Christmas

Get your business ready for Christmas

Getting your business ready for Christmas is nearly as tough on business owners as it is for Santa and his elves. While Mr Claus has to create bespoke gifts for children across the globe, he doesn’t have to worry about supplier contracts, cash flow or Black Friday. To help level the playing field, we’ve put together […]

Running your own business: an interview with two entrepreneurs

Our co-founder James recently sat down with John Henry, the founder of Sustainable Direction, the first business to borrow through Funding Circle. They talk about the challenges entrepreneurs face when starting and running a business, and how accessing finance allowed Sustainable Direction to grow. In this short video, you’ll learn about starting your own company, […]

Alternative finance

Alternative finance – find the best option for you

Alternative finance is the name given to new ways of accessing finance outside of traditional methods such as banks. Since its emergence after the financial crash in 2008, the growth of the industry has been rapid. According to Bank of England data on business finance, in 2017 so far the combined net lending (the total […]