Making business finance work for you

We know that understanding the many different types of financial product in the marketplace and how they can support your business can be difficult.

Our Making business finance work for you guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for your business.

In this guide we’ve highlighted the seven most common challenges your business might face, and the types of finance that could help you meet them.

Making business finance work for you - download

  • Designed to help businesses know what type of finance is right for them
  • Discover the types of finance you can use to start a business
  • Learn how finance can support your business growth
  • Understand how to consolidate debt or purchase a major asset
  • Read chapters on working capital, importing/exporting, R&D and more
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The essential guide to starting a business - download

  • Conducting market research on customers and competitors
  • Choosing a company structure
  • Figuring out your insurance and tax requirements
  • Developing your business strategy and sales forecast
  • Writing your business plan
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Guide to business resilience - download

  • Offering practical tips on how your business can respond to recession
  • Making your business energy efficient
  • Late payments and how to combat them
  • Accessing finance as a response to the cost of living crisis
  • Supply chain pressures and solutions
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  • How to research your target market and test your business idea
  • Creating a marketing plan and setting goals effectively
  • Building a business website and attracting online customers
  • Low-cost options for on and offline advertising, affiliate marketing and PR
  • Free and cheap ways to market your business on a shoestring budget
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  • Crafting effective press releases
  • Working with journalists
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  • Choosing the right social media platforms for your business
  • Creating a social media strategy
  • Techniques you can use to save time and money
  • Using social media advertising to build your business
  • How to monitor competitors on social media
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