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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Essential guide to 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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Essential guide to floating your company

Floating your company can help you raise business finance or realise the value in your business. Read our guide to floating your company on one of the UK stock markets.

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Essential guide to 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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Essential guide to venture capital

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

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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.

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.