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Get ready for finance

You might be looking for finance, but you might not know what you need to prepare
and get in place to do it. Luckily, you’re in the right place.
This Knowledge Hub has been crafted by our expert Finance Specialists and includes
guidance on preparing for Finance. You can find plenty of helpful tips and guides below,
all free for you to download and read through. 

A guide to securing financial capital

For many businesses, a common barrier to growth can be accessing finance. Whether it’s for investing in stock and equipment, recruiting more employees or buying new premises, the way in which you pitch your proposition to a lender can overcome this hurdle.

Early-Stage Fundraising: The Importance of Understanding Your Competitors

Although there are very few certainties in early-stage fundraising, you can guarantee that investors will ask founders a simple question 'Who are your competitors?'. Despite its simplicity, the response has significant consequences.

Business plan template

The following basic business plan template has been created to provide guidance on what to include in your business plan.

How to write a business plan

A Business Plan is a formal written document that you can use to identify the purpose of your company, make important decisions about your future and secure finance. Your business plan will outline what your business does and what you are trying to achieve. It explains what the market opportunity is, what makes your business special and how you will make it a success

How to pitch for angel investment

All investors are different and will have their own reasons for making investments that will shape their portfolio. But a lot of what the investors in our GC Angels syndicates and VCs generally are looking for in a pitch from start up businesses will be the same.

What do you need to prepare to secure funding?

As part of the funding process, you’ll likely meet with different potential investors, funds or financial organisations, all keen to understand where your business is at

How to write a business strategy

A business strategy serves as a roadmap, guiding decision making processes and outlining the steps required to achieve specific goals. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential elements and steps involved in writing an effective business strategy