Category Archives: Finance for Small Business

How to perfect your business’s tone of voice

How to perfect your business's tone of voice

Your business’s tone of voice is effectively how you interact with your audience. It should steer your conversations with customers, your website content, your emails, your social media and pretty much each and every one of your communications. But how do you go about developing a tone of voice which truly suits your brand? Let’s take a look at some ways in which you can really find your voice. Continue reading

7 funding routes to help your business grow

7 funding routes to help your business grow

You have started a business but you’re short of one very important thing… money. Having an extra source of capital can help your business in a number of ways: You could hire new staff, acquire a new office space, build a new product, go live with a marketing campaign, and of course much more. But where on earth do you get funding from? Finding the right place for this can be tricky. With this in mind, we have done some investigating to give you an idea of the most popular funding routes available to you and your business. Read on to find out more.  Continue reading

An Interview with Lord Young – Part Three

An Interview with Lord Young - Part Three

In this, the final part of our interview with Lord Young, he talks to us about what he has done to encourage entrepreneurship in young people. In particular, we look at initiatives such as The Youth Training Scheme, The Small Business Charter and The Enterprise Passport.  Continue reading

An Interview with Lord Young – Part One

An interview with Lord Young - Part on

Lord Young has had a remarkable career in both the business and the political worlds, serving under various conservative governments and acting as the Secretary of State for Employment. He has spearheaded multiple initiatives including Start Up Loans, was an Enterprise Adviser to David Cameron and has written a number or vital reports about the small business landscape in the UK. Towards the end of last year we were lucky enough to sit down with him and discuss ‘business’. Continue reading

The difficulty small businesses are facing accessing finance, and how iwoca is using technology and data to solve this problem

James Crowther owns one of Europe’s 20 million SMEs. Utilising his background in finance and fleet management, James’ vehicle brokerage business, Trade Vehicles Direct, finds clients the best deals on cars by sourcing direct from suppliers. His negotiation skills and industry relationships are key to his success and have allowed him to grow fast in his niche. Unfortunately, he struggled to fund the rapid growth since the main banks struggled to analyse his model and fit his business in a convenient box.

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Startup Diary from TutorTap – Funding Options

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In this months Startup Diary TutorTap founder James Grant will go into more specific detail on a topic that most startups will have to address at some point or another. We are of course talking about finding sources of funding, which in itself can become almost like a job. Continue reading

Incentivise investment by applying for EIS and SEIS


Undoubtedly one of the biggest tasks that a small business will face is getting finance. Often, this will strongly dictate how successful a new venture can become – and there is no doubt that immediate capital is something that could help your business ten fold, especially when money is tight.  Continue reading

Funding for northern startups… and more

The Week in Startups

In light of last week’s budget announcement we will be focusing on the Northern Powerhouse. Now it is coming to light how this idea will actually look, and most critically of all, what kind of effect this will have on small businesses in the north of England. Continue reading

The essentials of Crowdfunding

The essentials of Crowdfunding

If you are at startup stage then – unless you happen to have a very large disposable income – you will undoubtedly be looking to receive funding of some kind. This can often be quite tricky so you might need to view your options very carefully. Continue reading