Every new business needs money when starting up. The majority of businesses will need to buy equipment, establish the workplace and meet marketing costs - all before the first sale is made. Once you're trading, you'll need cash to pay the bills and keep the business going.
There are a range of financing options when starting up and choosing the right ones for your business needs is essential. You might be able to use your own money, or you may need money from an external source or investor - eg from banks, family and friends or outside investors. You may also be eligible for grants and government support.
This guide will help you to work out how much money you need for setting up your business, the various financing options available for your business and their advantages and disadvantages.
Free business start-up support
Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.
Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.
Structure your business
Name your business
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