Getting the money for starting a business is a stumbling block that many budding entrepreneurs face at the out set.
The first question to answer is should I buy a business or set up a business from scratch with each route having its own complications from a fund raising perspective. If you are starting out from scratch you have the added problem that you have no track-record in business and the business itself will have not trading history.
However, if you are looking to buy a business or perhaps set up a franchise then this is a slightly different proposition in that and existing business will have a trading history and franchise are liked by banks because they are a know quantity. You do still have the slight problem that you have no business track record, but this can be overcome with a sound business proposal.
There are many ways to find finance using No Money Down principles and in addition to this there is also the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) (Formerly the Government Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme, SFLG) to secure any loans, where you don’t have any of your own security. However, the proposal must be robust that would get a loan from a bank except for the lack of security. The EFG is for small businesses with a turnover of less than £25 million in the last 12 months and can be for existing businesses as well as start up ones, so long as they start to trade in the near future.
For a list of the banks that lend using the EFG you can visit the BERR – The Governments Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.
The EFG will guarantee loans of between £1,000 and £1,000,000 and will only provide security for 75% of the loan and comes with a 2% premium payable to the BERR on the balance of the loan on a reducing balance basis. However, this premium has been reduced to 1.5% of the loan outstanding for 2009. EFG loans can be used to replace existing overdraft facilities or provide new finance for working capital, equipment and business expansion, with a minimum term of three months and a maximum of ten years.
Click here for a list of EFG restrictions