Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Finance Raising Service

Why do I need help in raising finance for my business?

There is a huge variety of banks and institutions prepared to provide finance. Not all of them would be right for you and there is a range of costs. With an expert to guide you, you will be able to achieve a better deal than you could alone.

In addition, there will be many requests for data and information that your existing finance team may struggle to provide. We are expert at preparing and submitting information in ways that the financiers like.

What would Cicero do to raise finance?

The short answer is “whatever you need”, but the normal activities include:

  • Preparing a business plan to justify the need.
  • Recommending suitable products and services for you.
  • Researching the market to find suitable providers.
  • Handling negotiations to get you the best deal.
  • Providing financial and other information to meet the financiers' requirements.

What characteristics should I look for in someone helping me to raise finance?

  • A qualified chartered accountant
  • An experienced FD
  • A track record of raising different kinds of finance
  • An excellent network in the corporate finance world.
  • Energy and organisation
  • A strong client focus
  • A solutions provider
  • Good personal chemistry

What does it cost?

We charge for our time on an hourly or daily basis. We never take commissions from finance providers where we are working on behalf of the client. Any commission that would be available is deducted from the charges that you pay.

How long does it take?

This really depends on the complexity of your situation and the amount of research you wish to do. The quickest financing we have achieved took 9 days, but 4 to 6 weeks is typical.