Alternative Finance

Female Entrepreneurs and Alternative Finance

Female business owners are still not fully aware of the alternative finance options available to them.  Last year, the alternative finance market grew to £3.2 billion with a range of different crowdfunding and peer-to-business lending platforms entering the space. The alternative business lending sector is beginning to take an increasing share of SME lending through investing […]

Cavendish Crowd

Cavendish Enterprise launches its own crowdfunding platform – Cavendish Crowd

Cavendish Enterprise launches ‘Cavendish Crowd’ as a response to demand from small businesses for alternative funding options other than bank loans.  Cavendish Crowd, launched by Cavendish Enterprise with Crowdfunder UK, is said to be the “first UK Enterprise Agency crowdfunding platform”. The new initiative aims to support small businesses at a ‘start up’ stage to those looking to grow […]


goHenry raises “record breaking” £3.9m crowdfunding to help young people manage their pocket money

goHenry, a new digital banking solution helping kids manage their money better than their parents – raises almost £4m investment on Crowdcube. Said to be the “largest crowdfunded deal on the platform to date”, goHenry beats the previous record holder JustPark, which raised £3.5m in 2015. goHenry uses a Pre-paid Debit Card, coupled with parental controls, to help young […]


Pocket App’s crowdfunding campaign successfully hits above investment target £750K

The UK’s largest app developer Pocket App closes its Seedrs crowdfunding campaign hitting above its investment target of £750,000. The campaign, which went live early February, raised in total £837,115, and closed with 436 new investors. Founded in 2011, Pocket App is a recognised specialist multi-platform application provider, designing mobile apps and mobile solutions. Pocket App […]


Share Your Start-Up Story – Tutoring with ‘Tutora’

Tutora is an online marketplace helping students and parents find the best local tutors for one-to-one tuition in their own homes. Users simply search by subject and postcode, read reviews left by each tutors’ previous students then send a message to their chosen tutors to book lessons. Scott Woodley discovered Tutora, with his friend Mark […]


Editorial Tech Spotlight – BrighThinking SolarDock Charger

Modernistic student inventor Feyi Ogunyeye is narrowing the gap between consumer desire and adoption for renewable energy with his stylish BrighThinking SolarDock charger. A second year student at Plymouth University, Feyi created SolarDock to charge smartphones and personal electrical devices. It is optimised to work indoors and outdoors with no extra charges for the electrical power that it stores. […]


The Business Funding Show 2016

Are you looking to access funds to grow your business then attend the Business Funding Show 2016. The Business Funding Show 2016 is the UK’s funding and investment event for small and medium enterprises bringing together entrepreneurs, experts and financial providers. Don’t miss the chance to meet representatives from leading banks, angel investors, crowd-funding platforms […]


New crowdfunding platform for Start-ups in East Anglia – BlossomZone

A new crowdfunding platform has been launched to help new startups and existing businesses based in the East Anglian area to access funds. BlossomZone will be the first crowdfunding platform committed to helping businesses in all stages, based in the Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk area to raise funds. The crowdfunding site will offer businesses the opportunity to raise […]

Crowdfunding - Do's and Don'ts

Crowdfunding – Do’s and Don’ts

With the crowdfunding market growth currently sitting at £4.4bn in 2015 alone, according to research by innovation charity Nesta – Now is a good time to know the do’s and don’ts. Some of the general myths about crowdfunding are along the lines of: “Someone is going to steal my idea” or “All I have to do is list my business and […]