A practical guide to obtaining loan, bond and equity funding

Date: 25-11-2015

Tagged as: GuideFundingLending


As a member of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and Chair of the AFME Growth Committee, we’ve been looking at helping SMEs navigate the complex financial landscape and think more creatively about how they fund their growth plans.

Whatever type or size of business, or its stage of development, its funding structure has to be carefully considered to ensure alignment with individual business needs. The AFME Growth Committee was established, with the leadership of Lloyds Bank to look at the challenges and solutions to funding growth across Europe. One of the areas of focus was the financing available for SMEs.

As part of the work the committee identified there was a need to raise awareness of the different funding options available, and to help businesses make informed funding choices.

In order to help European SMEs make more educated choices, AFME launched the first pan-European product-agnostic guide to SME financing. The Guide provides a comprehensive overview of all the financing options available, including practical tips on where and how to access funding.

What the Guide covers

  • Overview of the main types of funding available, from loans from banks and non-banks to bonds and equity
  • Introduction to venture capital, private equity, business angels, market-place lending platforms, crowd funding and equity and debt capital raising
  • Overview of the key points that SMEs should consider when raising funds
  • Practical tips on where and how to access funding
  • Directory of the national and pan-European assistance programmes which provide SME support in the form of loan, debt, equity or tax incentives
  • Case studies explaining how the different funding routes work
  • Comparison of stock exchange requirements and issuance data for equity and bond markets in Europe
  • Compilation of data on bank lending, business angels, market-place lending, venture capital and bond and equity listings.

As part of our commitment to helping British businesses prosper, we‘ve been delighted to work with AFME on this guide.

Download a practical guide to obtaining loan, bond and equity funding

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