Small Business Video: Creative ways to fund and grow a business from home
Yasmina Siadatan, from The BBC's The Apprentice, and a group of small business experts look at the varied ways to fund a business.
Think outside the box. Get the funding and support that's right for your start up
Guardian Small Business Network's Claire Burke said some businesses today are looking to use alternative finance options, such as crowd sourcing and peer-to-peer lending. Corby Kuffour generated funding for his business after pitching his business idea to Start Up Loans and also by winning a competition at University.
Make sure your idea is ready for the public
Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie, who founded of Mallow & Marsh, also advocated crowd funding, but said before you put your idea out there, make sure you're ready to pitch and present your business well.