Understand your finance options

If you have a growing business, there’s an external finance option to match your ambition.

External finance is any funding you obtain from outside your business. It can come from friends and family, from a traditional bank or even from an investor.

On this page, we help you understand what external finance options are available and how they could help your business grow.

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Making business finance work for you

Making business finance work for you

Starting a business doesn’t come with a set of instructions.

We know that understanding the many different types of financial product in the marketplace 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 you and your business.