Business finance is increasingly hard to come by, so think about how you would like to finance your business. Start-up finance options include bank funding and business bank loans, overdrafts, credit cards, friends and family, private equity or private investment, angel investment (like Dragons’ Den) and small business grants. This section will provides business advice on small business funding by looking at sources of small business finance and growth finance, and demonstrate how to pitch for growth finance. It will also look at business banking and how to apply for a business bank loan or commercial mortage, as well as the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme. If you wish to raise private equity funding from a venture capital fund, you’ll need to know about how to pitch and how to work with investors or business angels. Finally, our small business grants section can help you find and win a grant.