What is alternative business funding?
Alternative Business Funding is a non-traditional way of business finance, without using a high-street bank. Since the financial crisis traditional lenders experience more challenges in small business financing. A finance gap emerged in the market, after which many alternative lenders entered the new financial landscape. Today, many modern lenders use technology as an enabler to optimise processes in traditional lending. These businesses are called fintechs (from Financial Technology) and together they offer a variety of alternative business funding options. Examples of these are financial lease, factoring, crowdfunding and online direct lending. Many small businesses are leaning towards alternative business funding as the process is considerably faster and requires fewer assessments, evaluations and documents compared to a traditional bank.