Simon Cureton

Chief Executive Officer

Simon has been Chief Executive Officer at Funding Options since 2019, spearheading its transformation into a leading fintech with the launch of its Funding Cloud platform. Simon has over 27 years of experience in financial services, having held senior posts at some of the biggest players in the industry all over the world.


Funding Options launches digital-first platform for accountants

Funding Cloud: Connect enables accountants and advisors to manage and track finance offers for SME clients via a real-time fully integrated lending platform.

14 Mar 2022

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How can SMEs overcome supply chain disruption?

How SMEs can mitigate supply chain disruption

In a recent webinar, our Head of Sales, Ryan Hyde-Smith, was joined by Edward Revell from Starling Bank and Hugh Doherty from Smith & Williamson, to discuss how supply chain disruption is impacting UK SMEs. Here, we discuss how businesses can mitigate supply chain challenges through preparation and funding.

17 Feb 2022

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RLS update: What’s changed and what are the alternatives?

If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be considering applying for finance through the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). On 1 January 2022, a few changes came into effect. Read on to find out what’s changed and how to apply.

10 Jan 2022

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Open for business

What’s available in the £1bn support package for businesses?

On 21 December 2021, the government announced £1 billion of additional support for the hundreds of thousands of organisations across the UK hit hardest by the wave of Omicron variant coronavirus cases. Let’s take a look at how the £1bn fund is being distributed.

6 Jan 2022

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How can small businesses raise capital?

Small Businesses are the lifeblood of many high streets. Our towns and cities would be ghost towns without our much-loved newsagents, salons and barbers, grocers, cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. And on industrial estates dotted around the country, many services and small manufacturing firms provide the backbone for the country’s business community to thrive. Raising capital if you’re such a business owner can represent a challenge, but there are a few different ways you can access the funding you need.

6 Jan 2022

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A guide to getting a small business loan

Gone are the days of having to go to your business bank for small business loans. As well as the usual high street institutions, there are many newer, more flexible lenders out there today who may be able to better facilitate your business finance needs.

22 Jan 2021

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Green Finance

Proposal for government-backed green loans scheme

Six million UK small businesses contribute just under half of the UK’s carbon emissions generated from business and industry. Prior to COP26 in November 2021, the UK government needs tangible new products to address the environmental impact of small businesses.

26 Oct 2021

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Applying for start-up finance

Can you get a loan for a new business that is 5 - 6 months old?

Starting a business is an exciting and busy time, so when it comes to finding the right funding it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Navigating the different types of business loans available to start-up businesses can be time-consuming and when you’re trying to run a new business, time is money! We explore whether a business that’s just 6 months old can apply for finance and the types of funding available.

15 Oct 2021

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celebrating brilliant Black-owned businesses

Celebrating Black-owned businesses in the UK

We love to see startup businesses grow from the initial idea to securing funding, and as part of Black History month, we took a look at resounding successes from Black-owned businesses in the UK. From the types of businesses to funding, we celebrate Black entrepreneurs and explore findings from the Black Report with Google for Startups.

4 Oct 2021

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