Many new businesses have problems raising finance to get their ideas off the ground.
There are many traditional sources of finance such as your bank or a business angel. However, these options are not always suitable, particularly if you have never traded before and may not have a credit history.
Not being able to raise finance doesn't mean you have to forget all about starting your own business. There are a number of financing options available when starting up or running a business.
There are also alternative ways of getting started such as 'bootstrapping'. Bootstrapping means that you promote and develop your own business without relying on outside help.
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.