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Covid-19

How will the lifting of restrictions impact businesses?

Following a challenging year of unpredictable change, England’s business community is looking to 19 July with a sense of optimism - and slight apprehension. Let’s take a look at what we can expect following the lifting of all lockdown restrictions and how certain sectors reacted to Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday.

12 Jul 2021

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Green Finance

What is Green Finance and what does it mean for SME lending?

Green finance is a type of finance that’s been developed to support environmentally friendly businesses or business activities. This relatively new form of business finance has seen significant growth in recent times due to the commitments that governments, businesses and society has made to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 (underpinned by the Paris Agreement).

11 Jul 2021

GBEA
News

Great British Entrepreneur Awards – why we’re taking part

Funding Options is excited to be sponsoring the Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year category at this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA). Our CEO, Simon Cureton, is on the judging panel, and the finalists have just been announced!

7 Jul 2021

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Press

Funding Options launches first Green Finance Marketplace for SMEs

UK SMEs are responsible for approximately 25 percent of the UK’s CO2 emissions. If SMEs do not reduce these emissions, the UK will be unable to meet its climate goals. ESG risk directly impacts on a borrower's ability to repay debt, impacting credit risk. The SME lending market has a pivotal role in enabling SMEs to become carbon neutral as part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign.

5 Jul 2021

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Advisory

Trade Finance: Supporting Businesses Through Brexit, Covid-19 & Beyond

Sanjay Vallabh is a Trade Finance Advisory Consultant and founder of Vallabh Associates Ltd. In this article, together with Funding Options’ Head of Advisory Thomas Boyd, he aims to demystify the dark art of trade finance for SMEs, mid-corporates, manufacturers, importers, exporters and advisors.

4 Jul 2021

Open Accounting
Tech

3 common myths about Open Accounting

Open Accounting enables lenders to leverage up-to-date information in order to provide businesses with the funding their business needs. In this article, we’ll explore some of the benefits of Open Accounting and separate the truth from the fiction.

1 Jul 2021

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News

We’re celebrating Independents' Day UK – here’s why

Independents' Day UK is taking place on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of July. The campaign was formed in partnership with Local Rewards, an organisation on a mission to help UK High Streets recover from COVID by rewarding shoppers for their purchases.

30 Jun 2021

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Education

5 types of finance available for retail businesses

After a long period of closure, retail businesses are now back open and able to welcome customers in again. However, this has meant many businesses in the retail sector are finding it difficult to keep up with their cash cycles and outgoings for essentials such as stock, staff and rent. We take a look at some of the different facilities available to business owners who are looking for financial support within the retail sector.

28 Jun 2021

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Education

6 types of financial support for hospitality businesses

As the UK’s hospitality sector emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the businesses hit hardest such as pubs, restaurants and hotels are likely to need financial support to help keep their doors open once more. Our blog explores the financial options available for hospitality businesses looking for cash flow support.

23 Jun 2021

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