Non-bank lenders


People in business often approach banks for loans, but they are not the only option. Other lenders may be more competitive or more suitable for your business, such as:

  • commercial loan providers
  • peer-to-peer lenders
  • social and community lenders, e.g. Community Development Finance Institutions and credit unions
If your business has suffered recent losses, has a poor credit rating or has recently been turned down for bank finance, you may find non-bank finance easier to obtain, more flexible and possibly cheaper.

The process

Before approaching a non-bank investor, you should make sure your business is ‘investment ready’ by:

  • keeping yourself well informed about your business finances
  • having an up-to-date business plan
  • being clear about the amount of money you require and what it will be used for
  • carrying out market research to demonstrate that there's a market for the products or services that you intend to sell
  • producing cashflow projections for the next 12 months to show that you will be able to afford repayments, including interest and fees
  • carrying out a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to your business)
  • ensuring your business and personal credit ratings are up to date and error-free

Loan guarantees

Most non-bank lenders will ask you for some form of guarantee before granting a loan. This could include assets such as property owned by the business. You may also be required to ask another person or another business to act as a guarantor and guarantee the loan. The guarantee means that the lender will claim from the guarantor if your business cannot meet the repayments.

Some lenders will also require personal guarantees - eg from your board of directors or business backers.

Many loan providers require you to take out loan repayment insurance to cover repayments if your business meets cashflow problems.

Pros and cons


  • you may get a lower rate of interest and charges than you would with a bank loan
  • non-bank lenders may be able to make loans over a longer period than a bank
  • less restrictive than a bank when it comes to issues like a poor credit rating or recent losses
  • non-bank lenders aren’t as strictly regulated than banks, so you need to be careful when choosing one

Common mistakes

You should read all agreements carefully before you borrow from a non-bank lender and find out if any assets will be required as security. Most non-bank lenders are reputable, but they are subject to fewer regulations than banks.

You should avoid unauthorised lenders, also know as loan sharks. An unauthorised lender may give you quick access to credit, possibly without needing a business plan or security, but there may be drawbacks including unfavourable interest rates and loan terms.

You may be dealing with a loan shark if:

  • the salesperson is pestering you or is particularly pushy
  • the interest rate is significantly higher than other lenders
  • the company is reluctant to show you the loan terms and conditions
  • you are asked to tie yourself into a longer-term contract than you need

Funding sources

There are a number of different types of non-bank finance sources.

Commercial loan providers

Commercial loan providers provide financial services like loans and credit facilities, but don't have a banker's licence. They can however have less restrictive lending criteria and may be a useful source of funding. You can check the Financial Services Register to ensure the provider is registered.

The HM Treasury backed Business Finance Partnership scheme aims to increase and diversify sources of capital available to business.

Peer-to-peer lenders

Peer-to-peer lenders let you borrow money directly from savers - cutting banks out of the equation. Terms can be more favourable - eg no early repayment fees - and you may find you are accepted even though banks have turned you down. Also, some services are free to apply for and doing so won't affect your credit rating - even if your application is rejected.

Some peer-to-peer lenders include:

  • ThinCats.com
  • Zopa
  • Funding Circle
  • RateSetter
  • Assetz SME Capital

Social and community lenders

Social lenders are generally non-profit making organisations that can offer loans and credit.
  • Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) lend to businesses, social enterprises, charities and individuals who intend to use the money to help and develop their local community. The Community Development Finance Association has a tool that can help you find CDFI finance.
  • Co-operative and community finance - employee-owned or community businesses can apply to borrow money from the Industrial Common Ownership Finance Fund.
  • Credit unions - credit unions offer loans that are accessible and affordable. They are owned and controlled by their members. This means they have to make decisions that are in members' best interests, rather than to make money for external shareholders.

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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

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Smith Brothers spins towards a £2.5k festive fundraising total

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Elland-based electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has completed a week-long festive fundraising venture, raising more than £2,500 for three charities. The main event saw two squads of eleven competing in an indoor ‘bikeathon’ at the company’s HQ last week. With one side representing the British Heart Foundation and the other Diabetes UK, both were tasked with racing the equivalent distance of 206 miles from the Lowfields Business Park boardroom to Big Ben. Although the British Heart Foundation cyclists were first to cross the finish line, both teams far surpassed their initial fundraising targets of £500 each. Donations amounted to £1,283.82 for the winners and £1,193.94 for Diabetes UK. The power engineering contractor also raised £100 for Save the Children through a bake sale and sweepstakes competition, which were held alongside the bikeathon. Elaborating on the successful fundraising activities, managing director Nick Gudgeon said: “It goes without saying that festive spirits were high in the office during last week’s charity cycling challenge – and competitive streaks were revealed too! “Even though my team narrowly lost out on the winning title, it was still brilliant to get involved with the bikeathon and we’re thrilled to have beaten our sponsorship goals for both organisations. It’s always uplifting to see people rallying together in aid of such worthwhile causes, and we’re especially grateful to the volunteer cyclists for taking part, AKTIV Training Coach for lending us the bikes and all those who generously donated.” Earlier in 2017, Smith Brothers also backed a golf day in aid of the Quaggy Development Trust and sponsored a benefit dinner hosted by Frank Bruno for the Nigel Harris Sports Foundation. The company additionally sponsors an under 9s football team as part of its community support.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Friday 10 November 2017

A charity that feeds and supports people fleeing war zones and violence gained a boost to its funds after winning the fourth Huddersfield SOUP event at The Media Centre. Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH) was one of four good causes to pitch for audience members’ £5 entry fees at the packed crowdfunding get-together at Café Ollo and was delighted to win £400. Mike Shaw, who presented a four-minute bid, explained how DASH provides hot meals and help with casework, health and education issues and language. He said: “We will spend this money well, it won’t last long. It will go on food, bus fares and essentials. It is wonderful to be in room full of people who care. Thank you for the generosity of the citizens of Huddersfield.” Huddersfield SOUP, which has been running for a year, is based on an American concept in which four people pitch, four questions can be asked of each presenter and then the audience must vote for their favourite – as well as enjoying a bowl of warming soup, a bar and live music. The Media Centre’s Chief Executive, Brent Woods, said: “This was another great SOUP event with original, emotive pitches. The atmosphere was buzzing and there was plenty of opportunity for participants to meet new people and make connections. Big congratulations to DASH, our worthy winner.” Other people to pitch were: • Rachel Devereux who wants to develop her idea of ‘emergency bears’ for families to keep in their cars so that if there is an accident, paramedics can scan the bear electronically to receive important information about children on board. • Victoria Callum-Ward who is organising a Winter Pride event at Tokyo in Huddersfield to raise money for the Hands Off HRI campaign. • Sam Booth who talked about Crowns For Courage, her initiative to offer confidence-boosting head henna tattoos to women who have undergone chemotherapy and lost their hair. The event was compered by Rebecca Winwood, Zephyr Bar and Kitchen provided delicious pumpkin and pea and ham soups and Clint Junior, booked through Small Seeds acoustic nights, sang and played guitar. Those seeking help from DASH include women fleeing forced marriage and domestic violence, gay men facing persecution and many escaping war zones and conflict. Often they don’t know if they will be allowed to stay in the UK and find it difficult to prove what they have been through. DASH operates from the Salvation Army premises in New Hey Road, Oakes. It has five part-time staff who are paid for through charitable trusts as well as over 50 volunteers. For more information about DASH or to donate, go to www.huddsdash.org.uk
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