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Funding Guide for
Information Centre Guide
FOREWARD BY TONY SARIN
CHAIRMAN OF THE ASIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
When I was elected Chairman of the London
Chamber's Asian Business Association a year
ago I was determined to continue its record of
providing practical information for businesses
which could help them survive and prosper. As
a venture capitalist and accountant associated
with companies of all sizes it is no surprise
that the subject of funding was brought up
There are many funding initiatives in place to
nurture business development and
entrepreneurs and growing businesses need to
research and look at the various different
finance options available or they may risk
missing out on that vital cash backing essential
for their business.
However, the funding schemes open to London-based entrepreneurs developing an innovative
idea, starting up a new business or growing a young business are not always easy to find.
While the most common source of business finance is a loan or overdraft from the bank,
many SMEs and start-up companies cannot provide the security needed against defaulting on
loan repayments and turn to alternative sources such as soft loans, grants or business angels.
This Funding Guide for Entrepreneurs guide, covers information on Awards, Business
Angels, Business Incubators, Corporate Venturing, Factoring, Grants, Leasing, Loans, Match
Funding, Venture Capital and includes a section on European Funding. It outlines the funding
options available and provides contact details and websites for the various sources of finance
and sources of information on obtaining finance.
The Funding Guide for Entrepreneurs has been produced at the request of the Asian
Business Association of the London Chamber as an essential tool to help and encourage
businesses to take advantage of the wide range of funding available to entrepreneurs. I am
delighted to commend it to all businesses - new and established, large and small - as a
valuable and comprehensive guide.