Many SMEs need a financial boost as the expand or adapt their proposition. We have pulled together a list of trusted alternative financial solutions. Please think carefully before choosing a loan or other financial solution and be sure to factor in the cost of paying the loan alongside managing your cashflow.

We only list the best providers on our resourcing pages to help you understand the options and find the best one for your business.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle was the first company to offer peer to peer loans and they focus purely on small business. They offer loans up to £250,000 and there is not set up fee with rates between Rates between 1.4%-8.9% APR and 24 hour approval.

Funding Options

Funding Options has been chosen by the government-owned British Business Bank to help businesses find finance when they’re unsuccessful with the major banks. They are an aggregator and offer over 70 options for loans from different providers.


British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they deliver greater volume and choice of finance.


One of the largest alternative finance providers. They offer loans and invoice factoring solutions to help your business with expansion or short term cashflow issues. With their online platform you can apply in minutes and get funds within days


Apply for flexible finance and get approved for business loans of up to £500000 today. You choose the terms, we provide the funding. They offer unique credit scoring on loans and give growing businesses the service traditionally reserved for the corporates

Asto Finance

Asto Finance offer business moving and growing flexible financing and they allow you to discover your business’ credit limit today, at no cost and no obligation. Loans from £150 - £150,000 for 6 - 12 months

StartUp Loans

Working with a national network of Delivery Partners, Start Up Loans provide Government-backed unsecured personal loans from £500 – £25K to start or grow businesses. In addition to funding, Start Up Loans provide 12 month of free mentoring to successful loan recipients.


They offer both secured and unsecured small business loans are available for business owners in the UK. Unsecured loans are typically smaller amounts at a higher cost with shorter repayment terms. 

The Business Finance Guide 

Explore your finance options with The Business Finance Guide – a journey from start-up to growth. It is a unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and the finance options available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies.