Stuart Lawson

Chief Commercial Officer

Stuart is Chief Commercial Officer at Funding Options where he plays a key role in driving the growth of the business and its relationships with more than 120 partners. A finance industry veteran, he has a strong background in alternative finance, corporate and commercial banking, as well as global transaction banking.

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84% of businesses plan to apply for funding in 2023 – we find out why

Despite significant ongoing challenges, this year is also set to bring new growth opportunities for businesses. In fact, 84% of businesses who took part in a recent Funding Options survey said they are looking to secure funding in 2023. Find out how different sectors are planning to spend their funding this year, and how you can secure business finance to fund your own plans.

22 Mar 2023

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How to do bookkeeping: for small businesses and the self-employed

So, your business venture is well and truly off the ground and you’re beginning to see an increase in transactions. While it’s important to keep the momentum going, you’ll also need to have a robust bookkeeping system in place. Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of bookkeeping, and explore how a combination of bookkeeping and accounting can help your business to thrive.

7 Mar 2023

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5 ways to 'spring clean' your business

With the official start of spring just around the corner (it’s 20 March, in case you’d forgotten), why not start thinking about how you could give your business the spring clean it needs? The longer days and warming weather gives everyone a much needed energy boost: here are some ways you could channel some of this extra drive into refreshing your business.

14 Feb 2023

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Key tax dates and deadlines for 2023

The beginning of a new calendar year is the perfect time to get organised and plan for the year. To help you get a head start, we’ve collected many of the key tax and financial dates that you, as a business owner, should be aware of in 2023. Keeping track of deadlines can help you to avoid penalties and feel prepared!

4 Jan 2023

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How to refinance a small business loan

Managing finances – including any debt obligations – is one of the keys to business success. But in times of trading uncertainty, debt can become a drain on cash. Fortunately, refinancing or consolidating your business loans can help alleviate some of the pressure by making your repayments more manageable. Here’s how.

21 Dec 2022

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How to use Funding Options' commercial loans calculator

A commercial loans calculator can provide you with an estimation of how much your monthly loan repayments might cost. To calculate this you’ll need to input how much you want to borrow, the annual interest rate and term length. Let’s take a closer look at how commercial loans work and how much commercial finance your business could get.

6 Dec 2022

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5 strategies to help you recession-proof your business

The UK could face recession until the middle of next year, according to some economists’ predictions. To help support our SME community, we’ve pulled together 5 strategies that can help business owners like you to save money.

11 Nov 2022

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How to complete your Self Assessment tax return

If you’re new to self-employment, the prospect of filling in a self-assessment tax return can seem daunting. The good news is there are lots of supporting documents out there to guide you through the process, and if in doubt, you can always contact HMRC. Here’s how to complete your tax return on time to avoid any late filing fees.

8 Nov 2022

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday checklist for SMEs

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, you’ve probably already prepared your promotions and discounts. But have you missed anything out? To help you fine-tune and maximise your campaigns this year, we’ve pulled together a quick checklist for SMEs. Just in case you need a reminder –⁠ Black Friday falls on Friday 25 November this year, with Cyber Monday following suit on Monday 28 November.

4 Nov 2022

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