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    Here you'll find all the latest news and opinions from LDF covering finance, business, brand and much more.

UK car production highest since 2008
23 July 2015

UK car production highest since 2008

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that UK car production is at the highest half-year level since 2008 – encouraging news for the UK economy.

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North-South divide set to widen in the next ten years
21 July 2015

North-South divide set to widen in the next ten years

Recent research commissioned by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggests that the North-South divide is set to widen in the next decade. It indicates that London businesses expect to grow on...

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Apple Pay hits UK stores
16 July 2015

Apple Pay hits UK stores

Apple Pay has officially landed on UK soil and is set to fundamentally change shopping habits as we know it. The contactless iPhone payment system enables shoppers to pay for items using just their iPhone 6, 6 plus...

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SMEs waiting 72 days for payment
14 July 2015

SMEs waiting 72 days for payment

According to a recent report from the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), smaller businesses are now waiting an average of 72 days to receive payment, 11 days longer than at the peak of the recession. These late...

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174 UK law firms merge as sector focuses on growth
10 July 2015

174 UK law firms merge as sector focuses on growth

Research shows that there were 174 mergers between law firms in the UK in 2014. Whilst the total number of mergers has fallen by 11%, many are now being driven by plans for growth rather to cut costs, as the...

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#Budget2015 at a glance
8 July 2015

#Budget2015 at a glance

This afternoon, George Osborne delivered his Summer Budget 2015 unveiling his main announcements. We’ve highlighted some of the key-points that will affect small businesses across the UK.

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LDF volunteer with Chester charity CATH
7 July 2015

LDF volunteer with Chester charity CATH

Continuing our charity volunteering days, LDF employee’s Gemma and Melissa spent the day with Chester charity CATH (Chester Aid to the Homeless). The charity, which was founded in 1972, aims to provide help and...

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UK Construction sees confidence thrive
6 July 2015

UK Construction sees confidence thrive

Survey results released this week revealed the UK construction industry has seen a spike in consumer confidence indicating an 11-year high.

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IT and Software Funding for SMEs
2 July 2015

IT and Software Funding for SMEs

For many SME businesses, IT and Software investment is an on-going consideration and an area that is now taking centre stage within business development and growth. Recent research commissioned by LDF shows that a...

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Celebrate Independent Retailer Month this July
1 July 2015

Celebrate Independent Retailer Month this July

This July, be a part of the 5th annual Independent Retailer Month and support independent businesses. The campaign is designed to highlight the importance of smaller businesses, both locally and UK-wide whilst...

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Hear LDF discuss pupil device schemes at Ed Exec LIVE
26 June 2015

Hear LDF discuss pupil device schemes at Ed Exec LIVE

In just under 4 days, LDF will be a part of Ed Exec LIVE, the fifth annual school business management event, hosted at 30 Euston Square in London. The event will deliver a variety of seminars, clinics and talks...

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LDF join the Alternative Business Funding platform
24 June 2015

LDF join the Alternative Business Funding platform

LDF are pleased to announce that in order to help further support SME businesses with our tailored financial solutions, we have joined partnership with the Alternative Business Funding platform.

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Don’t let tax bills delay plans for growth
23 June 2015

Don’t let tax bills delay plans for growth

The economic recovery has instilled confidence into a huge number of businesses and many are now investing in plans for growth. Careful management of VAT and Corporation Tax bills can help ensure that they do not...

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Small businesses pushing vehicles to the limit
22 June 2015

Small businesses pushing vehicles to the limit

At this very moment, there are more than one million ageing vans on the road with one in every three at least ten years old. As businesses push their vehicles to the limit, many are reluctant to press the button on...

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Manage tax with minimum fuss: Top tips for SMEs
18 June 2015

Manage tax with minimum fuss: Top tips for SMEs

Staying on top of tax is critical for businesses – not only so that they are aware of what they have to do and when, but also to ensure that they aren’t paying more tax than they need to. For SME owners trying to...

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