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Covid-19

Covid-19: Financial help for small businesses in the UK

It’s a challenging time for SMEs around the world as the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic starts to unfold. Global shares have taken a hit, interest rates have been cut and the OECD has downgraded its growth forecasts as factories close to help contain the virus. On Friday 20 March, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the first set of measures to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. The government has pledged support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and other temporary and targeted measures. These are designed to help companies manage cash flow during this difficult period through unlimited loans and guarantees. An initial £330 billion of guarantees will be made available, which is equivalent to 15% of UK GDP. Bear in mind some aspects of business support are devolved and differ in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Full information and relevant links can be found on the government's support for businesses page.

14 Dec 2020

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The ultimate guide to working capital

A steady flow of working capital is vital for any business hoping to achieve long-term success. A company can have significant assets and profitability, yet find themselves unable to survive due to lack of working capital. This guide is for business owners interested in finding out more about working capital and how to calculate it, as well as those searching for sustainable practices that will help them optimise their flow of working capital.

15 Dec 2020

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Independent businesses applied for a record £102m in loans during 48 hour window as COVID-19 cashflow fears take hold

Funding Options, the marketplace for business finance, is working hard to support independent UK businesses following a rapid increase in the number of loan applications. Around 1,884 businesses in the UK applied for £101,937,336 in loans during a 48 hour window.

8 Mar 2021

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Education

How to register a limited company - checklist

There are numerous benefits associated with registering your business as a limited company. For instance, incorporating can help you build brand credibility and protect your personal assets. The process isn’t as long as it used to be and can take just a few hours. When you’re ready to register your business as a limited company, you’ll have to submit an application form to Companies House via the HMRC website. You can also download the form in PDF format and submit it manually. Some people decide to use a third party (such as their accountant) to process the application. Either way is fine! The following checklist will help you prepare the information you need to complete the application process smoothly.

15 Dec 2020

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Education

Deeds not words: why we’ve signed the Women in Finance Charter

“Inclusivity” is a buzzword — one that means very little without action. That’s why we’ve chosen to make our commitment to achieving gender equality in our organisation public by signing the Women in Finance Charter. We’re part of a growing movement of forward thinking companies on a mission to create a more inclusive environment. Not just within our own company, but the sector as a whole.

12 Jan 2021

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Funding Options signs the Women in Finance Charter

The data-driven lending platform sets new targets for itself, and introduces new flexible working policies.

8 Mar 2021

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Funding Options announces new leadership to drive future growthe

Funding Options is today announcing the appointment of a new CEO who will lead the strategy to accelerate growth through Open Banking innovation and a wider business services marketplace for both the UK and EU.

18 Oct 2021

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Start-up to Scale-up: Conrad Ford steps down as CEO

Funding Options, the UK’s leading business finance marketplace, today announced that with the eighth anniversary of founding the company in September 2011, Conrad Ford, Founder and CEO, is stepping down from the CEO role. He will remain involved with Funding Options as a shareholder and founder.

18 Oct 2021

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Economic Secretary talks about Funding Options

John Glen MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, has been speaking about Funding Options in the latest Fintech Insider podcast.

18 Oct 2021

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