Funding your business | NatWest


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Add your signposting title here… Funding your business

Acquiring funding is an essential step when looking to set up a company, as most businesses need that initial cash injection. It's important to understand how much money you'll need and what type of funding will suit you best.

You also need to be able to keep an eye on your financial situation to ensure bills and staff can be paid, and that you can make any necessary investments or renovations should they be required.

There are a range of funding options that you can consider, including loans from NatWest.

Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Over 18s only.

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Funding options

Business loans

Business overdrafts

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Add your signposting title here… Alternative sources of funding

We work hard to help any business or entrepreneur we can, but sometimes attaining funding from a bank is not viable. However, there are numerous other funding routes you can go down to get your business up and running such as:

  • Crowdfunding (funding your venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the internet)
  • Friends and family
  • Bootstrapping (using your own financial resources)
  • Asset-based lending (business loan secured by assets)
  • Equity financing (raising capital through the sale of shares)
  • Business angels (wealthy individuals who invest in start up companies)
  • Peer-to-peer lending
  • Business accelerators (organisations that take a share of equity in return for initial funding)
  • Government-backed support organisations (such as First Enterprise)
  • Government-backed investment funds (such as Angel CoFund)

You can also get more information from The Business Finance Guide, which details different sources of finance and is published by British Business Bank and the ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty.

What next?

Do you want to apply for a NatWest business loan?

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