Equity finance

For many new businesses, the key source of funding is the owner or management team, perhaps backed up by additional financing from family and friends.

Equity finance - overview

Getting investment for your business can be vital when borrowing isn't an option - but it can mean giving up some control. Read our overview.

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Business angels

Business angels are wealthy individuals who provide capital - and sometimes advice - in return for company shares. Here's how to pitch to an angel.

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Floating your company

Floating your company can be one of the most exciting experiences in your business life. But it can also be stressful, time-consuming and expensive.

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Obtaining venture capital FAQs

Sourcing venture capital, negotiating a deal and deciding on shareholder rights and management input. What to do if things go wrong.

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Valuing a business

The worth of a business is based on how much profit a buyer can make from it, and the potential risks. Read our guide to valuing your business.

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Venture capital

Venture capital firms provide business finance in return for shares. Our guide to pitching for venture capital investment and the possible drawbacks.

Family members come together to fund a start up business

Q&A: Family investors

Andrew Niblock, commercial lawyer at Keystone Law, explains the importance of signing contracts with family members investing in your business.