Weighing up debt versus equity funding

When your business is growing and you’re ready to take it to the next stage, you may need to raise funds to realise your ambitions. Two of the most common sources of external finance are debt funding and equity financing. Read …Read More

Why working capital is a must for SMEs

Working capital is the lifeblood of a business. It’s defined as current assets minus current liabilities, so represents the amount of cash available to the business at any given time once it meets its liabilities, for example staff wages and supplier …Read More

Celebrating Scotland’s successful SMEs

LendingCrowd was proud to support the recent Scottish Business Insider SME Awards, which celebrate the success of Scotland’s best-performing small and medium-sized companies. We sponsored the title for Fastest Growing SME300 Company, which was awarded to Glasgow-based Castle Precision Engineering, an …Read More

Funding your business ambitions

Accessing a business loan, whether it’s for growth, stock, office renovations, equipment or even hiring more staff, can often be a daunting prospect. As the House of Commons Treasury Committee said in its SME Finance report last year: “It is naive …Read More

Banks expected to cut business lending

Uncertainty could result in the largest cut to SME lending, by banks, since the financial crisis of 2008, according to the latest Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey. Availability of business loans has remained steady for the past four years but …Read More