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Unlocking Growth: The Power of Capital Investment

Everything you need to know about growth capital and how to use it to expand your business.

Introducing Growth Capital

Before we dive into how to use growth capital to expand your business, let's first define what it is. Growth capital is a type of financing that is specifically designed to help businesses grow and expand.

It’s typically used to support activities such as launching new products, expanding into new markets, hiring additional staff, or investing in new technologies or equipment.

Unlike early-stage funding such as seed or angel investment, growth capital is generally provided to companies that have already proven their business model and have a track record of revenue growth. It is also distinct from traditional venture capital, which typically seeks to invest in companies with high growth potential that are not yet profitable.

Growth capital can be provided by a range of investors, including private equity firms, venture capital firms, and institutional investors such as pension funds or insurance companies. The terms of growth capital investments can vary widely depending on the investor and the company's specific needs, but typically involve an equity stake or debt financing in exchange for a share of the company's future profits or a fixed interest rate.


Introducing Growth Capital

What are the nuances for SMEs in the UK trying to acquire growth capital?

Good Growth Capital vs Bad
  • Debt Capital
  • Equity Capital
  • Crowdfunding (Broadcast Equity Finance)
How SMEs can best utilise growth capital to expand their business
  • Expanding operations
  • Developing new products or services
  • Talent Acquisition
How we provide growth capital

Case Studies

Growth Capital Further Reading

Growth Capital FAQs
  • How to apply for growth capital?
  • How to raise growth capital?
  • What is growth capital?
  • What are the risks associated with growth capital

What are the nuances for SMEs in the UK trying to acquire growth capital?

For SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the UK, acquiring growth capital can be challenging, particularly if they do not have a proven track record of revenue growth or profitability. Here are some nuances to consider:

Limited funding options: SMEs in the UK may have limited options for acquiring growth capital. Traditional sources of funding, such as bank loans, may be difficult to obtain, especially for startups or companies with limited assets. Therefore, SMEs may need to explore alternative sources of funding, such as venture capital or angel investors.

Investor expectations: Investors providing growth capital will typically have high expectations for the company's growth potential, profitability, and market position. SMEs need to be prepared to present a compelling business plan and demonstrate their ability to execute their growth strategy. They may also need to be willing to give up some control of their business in exchange for investment.

Valuation challenges: Determining the valuation of an SME can be challenging, particularly for early-stage start-ups. Investors may be hesitant to invest if they perceive the valuation to be too high or too low. SMEs should be prepared to justify their valuation and provide detailed financial projections to support their growth plan.

Regulatory requirements: SMEs seeking growth capital may need to comply with various regulatory requirements, particularly if they are seeking investment from institutional investors. These requirements can add complexity and cost to the fundraising process.

Overall, SMEs in the UK seeking growth capital need to be prepared to navigate a challenging fundraising landscape. However, with a strong business plan, a compelling growth strategy, and a willingness to explore alternative sources of funding, SMEs can position themselves for success.


Good Growth Capital vs Bad

Not all growth capital is created equal. It's important for SMEs to ensure they get a good deal and the right type of funding for their needs.

Debt Capital

Debt capital is a type of growth capital that involves borrowing money from a lender, such as a bank or alternative lender. This form of financing can be beneficial for SMEs that want to maintain full ownership and control over their business while still accessing the capital they need to grow.

However, it's important to carefully consider the interest rates, fees, and repayment terms associated with any debt capital arrangement to ensure that it is a good fit for your business.

Equity Capital

Equity capital involves selling a portion of your business to investors in exchange for growth capital. This can be a good option for SMEs that want to maintain cash flow and avoid the debt burden associated with traditional loans.

However, it's important to choose investors carefully and ensure that you have a solid plan in place for how to use the funds raised. In addition, it's crucial to consider the impact that selling equity can have on your ownership and control of the business.

Crowdfunding (Broadcast Equity Finance)

Broadcast equity funding, also known as crowdfunding, is a form of financing that allows businesses to raise money from a large number of investors, typically via an online platform. In this model, businesses offer equity in exchange for investment, allowing investors to become part owners of the business. Crowdfunding can be an effective way for SMEs to access capital quickly and easily, while also creating a loyal customer base.

However, it can also be risky, as investors may not have a deep understanding of the business or its market. SMEs looking to use crowdfunding as a funding option should carefully consider the risks and benefits and have a solid plan in place for how to use the funds raised.

How SMEs can best utilise growth capital to expand their business

Now that we understand what growth capital is, let's take a look at how SMEs can best utilise growth capital to expand their business. The best way to use growth capital depends on the specific needs of the business. Here are the prime examples of how SMEs can utilise growth capital:

Expanding operations

If your business is growing rapidly and you need to expand your operations, you can use growth capital to invest in new machinery, equipment, or infrastructure. This can help you increase production, improve efficiency, and meet the growing demand for your products or services.

Developing new products or services

If you are looking to develop new products or services, growth capital can help fund the research and development required to bring these new offerings to market. This can help your business stay competitive and appeal to a wider range of customers.

Talent Acquisition

Another way to utilise growth capital is to invest in talent acquisition. As your business grows, it will need more skilled employees to manage operations and drive growth. Using growth capital to attract and retain top talent can be an excellent long-term investment. This can include recruiting new employees, offering training and development opportunities, or even acquiring other businesses with complementary skill sets. By investing in talent, you can build a strong team that is capable of achieving your growth objectives and sustaining long-term success.

How we provide growth capital

At SME Capital, we know all businesses are not the same. So we provide bespoke, long term growth capital funding solutions to UK businesses not one-size-fits all blanket loans. We exist because we truly believe we provide a better alternative with our custom-made funding solutions for UK businesses to help you grow and succeed.

It’s in our DNA.

We are experts in SME lending, so whatever the loan purpose, our goal is to become your long term funding partner, which is why each bespoke loan will be specially-designed for you. We provide the best growth capital funding solution for you, without you giving away control or equity.

We understand the importance of trusted relationships and have dedicated regional directors based across the UK who will take the time to understand your business, your unique needs specific to you and support you with your business loan application. We enhance our traditional underwriting with data analytics, including timely risk and trend analysis to put you in control of your future.

By breaking down silos typically found in traditional lending organisations, we give you direct access to decision makers, enabling funding in 6–8 weeks.

Get in touch now to discuss funding options

Case Studies: Growth funding for facilities management expansion - Boden Group

Growth Capital Further Reading

  1. Growth capital vs. venture capital
  2. Factors to consider when looking to refinance your business
  3. The advantages of choosing an alternative lender over your bank
  4. Benefits of Debt Capital funding for business owners

Growth Capital FAQ

How to apply for growth capital?

To apply for growth capital, SMEs can start by researching different lenders and financing options, and reaching out to those that seem like a good fit. Lenders will typically require detailed financial information about the business, as well as a business plan that outlines how the growth capital will be used. SMEs should be prepared to provide this information and work closely with their lender to ensure a smooth application process.

How to raise growth capital?

To raise growth capital, SMEs can consider a range of financing options, including bank loans, venture capital, angel investors, crowdfunding, and alternative lenders like SME Capital. It's important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each option, and to choose the option that best fits the specific needs of the business.

What is growth capital?

Growth capital is a type of financing that is used by businesses to fund growth and expansion. It is typically used to invest in new equipment or infrastructure, develop new products or services, or acquire other businesses. Growth capital is usually provided by institutional investors, banks, or alternative lenders, and may come with different terms and conditions.

What are the risks associated with growth capital

Just like any type of funding, there are risks involved with growth capital. SMEs should be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them.

If you would like to discuss Growth Capital in more detail or our wider funding capabilities do get in touch.

About SME Capital

SME Capital was founded to support the growing number of SMEs who face difficulty or frustration in accessing capital through traditional methods. We understand the importance of real and trusted relationships in the SME lending market and have dedicated Regional Directors based across the UK. By combining traditional lending expertise with the latest in data analytics, we are supporting established UK SMEs with their long-term objectives and business ambitions.

June 2023

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