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Fundraising

At some point in your business journey, you are almost certain to need finance. Our highly experienced team can help you find the right source of funding and present a convincing business case to secure it.

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  • Brian McMurray
    Meet the team

    The team

  • UK entities. International clients. Owner-managed & Family Businesses.

    Who we can help

  • Corporate Finance. M&A Advisory. Selling a Business. Transaction Support. Business Valuations. Restructuring and Recovery. Corporate Insolvency. Litigation Support. Done Deals.

    How we can help

EXPERIENCED & EFFECTIVE SUPPORT FOR YOUR FUNDRAISING

Cashflow may be the lifeblood of your business, but on its own it’s unlikely to be able to fund your growth or keep you afloat during a change of structure. When you need finance for your business, we’ll help you raise appropriate funding. It could enable growth or acquisitions, provide working capital or be an equity investment to unlock the value held by existing shareholders.

Taking our time to understand your current position and objectives, we’ll use our experience to put together a well-researched and practical business plan. We’ll help you find the most appropriate source of funding option and draw on our long-standing relationships with banks, mezzanine finance providers and private equity investors, to secure a successful outcome within a practical timescale.

WHEN WILL YOU NEED FINANCE?

The answer is, at most stages of your business journey. You may need funds for:

  • Starting a business
  • Accelerating your growth
  • Investing in new machinery, technology or premises to improve your performance
  • Acquiring another business
  • Funding a management buyout or a shareholder exit
  • Restructuring existing finance to reduce cost.

By gaining a full appreciation of what you want to achieve, your financial forecasts and your outlook on risk, we can identify the amount of funding you will realistically require, and work with you to check affordability. Our advice will be honest, informed and pragmatic, based on our success in securing finance for numerous clients across all sectors.

FINANCE TO GET YOU STARTED

Your fundraising options are likely to include a mix of equity and debt, and the funds you can access will be partly dictated by the status of your business. If you’re just starting up, you may be looking to finance it by using:

  • your personal wealth
  • loans from family and friends
  • crowdfunding
  • high net worth individuals
  • angel investors
  • venture capitalists
  • government start-up loans
  • SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme)
  • small business grants.

At this point, a key question to ask is what sort of relationship do you want from your funder? This is particularly important if you’re a start-up, as you will inevitably be working closely together and may be looking for someone who will share their experience with you.

FINANCE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

As you grow, other options will become available to you including:

  • bank overdrafts
  • long-term commercial loans and mortgages
  • asset-based lending
  • mezzanine debt
  • leasing your equipment or machinery
  • EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme)
  • IPO (initial public offering) and ECM (equity capital markets)

We can explain which sources are likely to be appropriate for your business and your particular needs at the time. For example, do you need a short-term, relatively modest injection of funds or are you looking for a considerable sum to fund long-term plans? We’ll also talk you through the pros and cons of each route, so we can weigh them up together and guide you to an informed and commercially sound decision.

SECURING YOUR FINANCE

Once we’ve guided you through the most realistic and practical funding possibilities, we can then initiate the process of securing your finance. This includes project managing the process and carrying out critical aspects such as due diligence on your funders, thereby saving you time which you can devote to running your business.

We’ll help you set out a sound, compelling business plan and credible financial forecasts, and prepare and present your proposals. Having good working relationships with many finance providers means we can approach and negotiate with them on your behalf. Throughout the process, we’ll keep you updated with advice and if you wish, accompany you to meetings with your funders to ensure they go smoothly. When the funding is agreed in principle, we’ll liaise with your lawyers on the legal documents and advise on the commercial elements, to ensure you’ll be securing the most advantageous terms.

  • The Corporate Finance team at AAB understood our business and led us towards concluding a tremendous deal. The team at AAB were thorough, proactive and efficient showing command and control of all the key elements of getting a deal done.

    Keith Wallace, EPC Offshore

  • I was particularly impressed by AAB’s appreciation of the strategic importance of the deal. Additionally, the AAB team quickly understood the very complex structure of the target and were pivotal in advising on how best to approach this.

    Ross Baxter, Harbro Limited

  • AAB's expertise in the complex topic of Disguised Remuneration and Employment Related Security legislation allowed the various tax implications of our company share incentive plan to be identified and gain approval from HMRC.

    Alan Pearson, Tendek

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