We are told that access to funding for small businesses is the most critical factor for unleashing business growth, the kind of growth David Cameron expects to help the UK rise out of the economic downturn.
The good thing about the past few years when it comes to finding funds is that there are a wide range of alternatives now available in addition to the traditional banking route. Many established businesses have left cash in their company to try and make sure they have enough for a rainy day. In addition, many wealthy individuals are sitting tight.
All this storing of cash is a missed opportunity.
We all need to become hungry and passionate again and have an open mind about investing in business. Business owners need to create a compelling story in the form of a business plan that shows that they fully understand their market and competition.
Investors must come out of the woodwork and add value with their skills to the management teams, and provide the necessary funds to allow the early-stage businesses to get to the next stage.
It often doesn’t require that much cash but it does involve a leap of faith.