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Lifecycle of a business: financing and growth

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There are a variety of ways in which a newly-established business can raise finance, some of which provide generous income tax and capital gains reliefs for the investors. The form that finance takes will depend on the needs of the business and the requirements of the business owners. For example, finance may be raised from friends and family, third party investors (including private equity or venture capital investors) or external lenders. There are number of tax incentives available to early stage investors. The impact of investment on future growth of the company and tax reliefs upon exiting the business should also be borne in mind.

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