New website to help UK small businesses navigate alternative funding maze

  • Innovative comparative website helps companies identify alternative funding sources
  • Enables SMEs to compare a huge variety of alternative finance products quickly and easily
  • Fully independent, editorially unbiased information
  • No high street banks or finance brokers featured on the website
  • Customised search functionality
  • Backed by leading news service in the alternative finance space,
  • Pioneering a series of free regional and national alternative funding bootcamps for small businesses to complement website offering

A new website aimed at SMEs looking for alternative sources of funding.  The independent service helps small businesses navigate their way around the increasingly complex world of alternative finance.  It includes a simple funding comparison tool enabling users to compare a variety of alternative finance products from some of the UK’s top providers in just a few simple clicks.  Focusing on products such as Peer to Peer (‘P2P’) loans, invoice finance and crowdfunding, provides free and editorially unbiased information about the alternative funding options available to businesses.

Set up by the professionals behind industry leading website, the news and views website looks to champion new platforms and products to help businesses grow.  “Our mantra is that businesses should avoid the high street banks, as well as the finance broker sector, which we believe is as much of a problem as the high street banks” says David Stevenson, Founder of the Funding Centre.  “We believe businesses should go direct to the vast number of new alternative, online funding platforms.  At the last count there were hundreds of platforms and products offering everything from short term working capital finance through to long term equity.  The choice is huge, arguably there’s too much, and businesses need sound, editorially led, independent guidance to help navigate their way around this constantly evolving space.”

Unlike some rivals, is not controlled by any platform in the industry and highlights all the available platforms that have completed a detailed fact find.

Uniquely, in conjunction with the launch of this website, The Funding Centre is also rolling out a series of complimentary, alternative finance bootcamp events.  These will be available nationwide and will provide tailored advice and information to small businesses on alternative finance solutions.  In line with this, The Funding Centre is currently finalising plans for a number of regional bootcamps and is also in discussions with PwC, one of the leading, international accountancy firms, regarding an upcoming event in London.  Further information on these events will be available in due course.

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