Business Development Finance

Business Development Finance 1

Writing a Business Plan

We have partnered with Swoop Funding to offer business access to funding from multiple sources whether it’s debt, equity or grants.  A key differentiation in successful applications is having a good business plan. Writing a business plan is one of the most important tasks. It is a way of collating ideas, setting targets, planning for the future of the enterprise and conrming that the business idea is realistic and workable. The business plan is also an essential tool for attracting funding to get started.

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It can be difficult to get your head around the ins and outs of the funding landscape and finance options available to your business. The reason we have partnered with Swoop is that is provides multiple solutions in one place (online) with a finance expert to answer all your questions.

We work with a lot of business owners who all have different strengths in different areas but many feel that finance is not one of them. They are often good at setting goals for the business size and sales they want to achieve in the next year, 2 years, 3 years, but they’re not always very strong on what it will cost or how they will fund it. So if you feel like this too, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  With our support we will map through all your short-term and long-term needs to ensure you are accessing the funding you need from the right source.

Most councils have made grant funding available to support businesses in the UK.  Smaller grants are usually 100% funded and some larger grants usually require a 50/50 match with the cost being paid before the grant is accessible. There is also the R&D credit resource that can be a substantial contribution to your cashflow and we can discuss all these options with you.

Improve cashflow, speed up your growth. Invoice finance lets you complete an order, send a bill, and get paid in 48 hours or less. Maintain control of your sales ledger to keep it confidential, or let the lender pursue outstanding payments for you. Release the cash in unpaid bills or borrow funds to buy the materials you need to fill an order. Flexibility is key. Forget about the business of chasing money. Focus on growing your company.

Business Development Finance 2

Finance Support

Deciding you're ready for business growth is an exciting milestone to reach and finance is one of the most important functions of any business. Not only is finance a good indicator of the health of the company overall, but it also holds an important role in managing business growth.   Let us help you in that journey.

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What Our Customers Say

Shane has been a wonderful support through changing times, helping me gain perspective, sharpen my business acumen, appreciate areas for growth and understand the strength and value of my organisation. He is a fabulous and wise sounding board and I recommend him 100%.

Katy Rink

My Shrewsbury Magazine

Shane is an experienced and highly perceptive Entrepreneur with creative flare and an intelligent, analytical approach. Shane was able to accurately prioritise actions that have driven positive change to my business and successfully pushed my product to market.

Elly Furber

Treasured Times

Shane provided a very informative session on Grants & Funding for Cultivate, a "pre-accelerator" programme aimed at young Agri-tech and Agri-food companies who want to grow and take the next steps. The programme was developed by Harper Adams University in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. Shane also offered mentorship to the Cultivate Programme businesses.

Emma Cantillion

Harper Adams University

I engaged Shane to help me to deliver a large public contract providing advice and support to businesses across the West Midlands who had been affected by BREXIT and changes to the EU relationship with Great Britain. He handled all of his assigned businesses with empathy, competence and understanding. A true professional.

Jason French

Business Doctors

Shane delivered an excellent workshop for MSDUKs members.  The content was clear, relevant and applicable to the current business context and left our members with practical actions to follow in order to sustain and grow their businesses in these challenging times.  In fact, we were so impressed with the workshop that we’ve invited Shane to run it again for members who were unable to attend previously.

Barbara Armstrong


We asked Shane if he would work with the AGRI Project on a joint virtual seminar / workshop that would give SMEs in the region an insight into consumer behaviour, understanding your customers needs and how innovation can be implemented. Shane was really easy to work with and we felt that by working together we could offer the businesses attending the event more value. Shane is credible, knowledgeable and very genuine, I would not hesitate to work with him again and would be more than happy to refer any of our companies over to him for additional support.

Rose Judeh-Elwell

Harper Adams University

I would recommend Shane Stark with the advice he has to give and the experience he has within the business world to anyone that needs to give their business a boost. 

Tori Davies

Saracen Solutions

Thank you Shane, you have given me food for thought and shed a light on the what is involved in selling a business. I had a gestalt moment, when the lightbulb came on and all of a sudden, I could see that there ware pathways forward. It was suddenly clear that if I decided I wanted to, I really could get the business ready to sell for retirement which would make sure that all this good work continues beyond my retirement.

Elizabeth Wilkinson

The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant

I attended Shane’s Regeneration Workshop in June 2020.  The content was excellent and well presented by Shane, who also facilitated good discussions amongst the attendees.  The time set aside to attend was well worth it, where it gave me an hour to think about my business and how we transition out of the pandemic downturn.  Would definitely recommend the course to other business owners.

Mark Savill

My Simple Mortgage Ltd

Shane’s Workshop came at a very useful time as the world was getting used to being locked down and especially helpful for those of us running businesses locked to our desks! He gave a comprehensive overview of the challenges we face as business owners needing to better understand the changing needs of our customers.  He emphasised that we need to define our business by the problems we’re solving.

Shane’s workshops are a very useful resource to work through and probe key areas of sales activity, marketing and profitability.

Julia M Hughes MA, CIPD

Working Solutions ( Mercia ) Ltd

I am currently working with Shane Stark and recommend you do the same. When you are running a business sometimes you can't see the woods for the trees. Shane's ability to cut through the noise helps you to see things from different angles and helps you to refocus on what's important.

Matt Yarranton 


The business support I have received from Shane Stark has been invaluable. I have been able to hone my service offering, set targets and through thought provoking coaching sessions make progress with business growth.

Sarah Hooper

Thrive HRUK

I thought it was just a coincidence that I started to get busier whilst working with Shane; then, I put two and two together. Without realising it, Shane's advice and ideas made me think differently. Things needn't be as complicated as I was making them.

Tony Clarkson

Severn Agency