Get investor ready

Preparing for investment means understanding what questions to ask investors, and the routes to getting finance for your business.

There’s a lot to think about on the road to investment.

You need to understand what investors are seeking when they invest, and what makes a business eligible for the finance they provide. And it helps to know how much money you should be asking for, rather than settling on an arbitrary number.

Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists, articles and success stories mentioned below. We also explain what should be in place throughout the journey to investment, so you can plan ahead.

Making business finance work for you

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 you and your business.

Read the guide to making business finance work for you

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Preparing your business

It isn't always easy to know if your business is ready to receive investment. So it's useful to arm yourself with all the information you need to prepare your business for investors coming on board.

Learning from businesses that have done it before

Your business is unique. But there are lots of businesses out there that have been through the same investment journey. These businesses not only completed the process, but went on to experience the growth they set out to achieve. You can too.

Understanding the journey

Getting to grips with the various routes to investment is often half the battle. Knowing what stages are involved in obtaining investment means you can plan your time and resources well in advance.

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