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Educating SMEs on their finance options is vital for growth
22 February 2018

Educating SMEs on their finance options is vital for growth

In our latest comment piece in City AM, Managing Director Peter Alderson looks at the latest small business finance reports and what the outlook is for SME growth in 2018.

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Don't miss the benefits of apprentices
19 February 2018

Don't miss the benefits of apprentices

The spotlight has once again turned to the skills shortage in the UK, as British businesses seem to be facing an uphill battle to find the right people to fill positions.

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Preparing your business for a digital age
13 February 2018

Preparing your business for a digital age

Technology is changing every corner of our lives, and it seems as though 2018 is the year when many British businesses really wake up to this. As we are propelled into the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s...

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Partner Story: How Indigo Awnings are putting the competition in the shade
12 February 2018

Partner Story: How Indigo Awnings are putting the competition in the shade

We talked to Trevor Ruddle, owner and Managing Director of market-leading commercial-grade shading suppliers Indigo Awnings, about how partnering with LDF to offer their customers the option of spreading the cost of...

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Are you one of the 750,000 still to submit your self assessment tax return?
8 February 2018

Are you one of the 750,000 still to submit your self assessment tax return?

New details from HMRC suggest that in addition to the 10.7 million people who submitted an online self assessment tax return on time, as many as 750,000 are still overdue and now run the risk of a potential £100 fine...

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UK small businesses primed for success in 2018
8 February 2018

UK small businesses primed for success in 2018

Among the constant and often gloomy business stories dominating our news feeds lately, it was refreshing to read a positive joint research piece by American Express and Oxford Economics this week, outlining an...

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Partner Story: How vending specialists rijo42 are driving sales with LDF finance
5 February 2018

Partner Story: How vending specialists rijo42 are driving sales with LDF finance

With machines in 20,000 UK businesses, including being the vendor of choice for big brands and prestigious sporting venues, rijo42 have an impressive and fast-growing client base.

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Protecting your firm against rising rates
5 February 2018

Protecting your firm against rising rates

In November, the Bank of England raised the base rate for the first time in a decade, shifting it up from its rock-bottom low of 0.25 per cent back to 0.5 per cent.

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The changing face of business finance
29 January 2018

The changing face of business finance

It’s mind-boggling to think that only a decade ago the government was forced to bring banks back from the brink. A lot has changed since the financial crisis a decade ago, and perhaps the biggest change in the UK is...

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Businesses need more clarity on VAT import taxes
26 January 2018

Businesses need more clarity on VAT import taxes

With significant changes to VAT import taxes potentially due this year, our Managing Director Peter Alderson discusses how small businesses need to be better represented.

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Top tips to help you meet the tax deadline
22 January 2018

Top tips to help you meet the tax deadline

The deadline is looming. Businesses have until the end of this month to get their tax affairs in order. January can be a tricky time for companies. Even if you’ve kept on top of it all throughout the year, you can...

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We supported small businesses with half a billion in 2017
18 January 2018

We supported small businesses with half a billion in 2017

We started 2017 with a firm objective, to provide UK small businesses with half a billion in finance that could both drive growth and support entrepreneurism across the board.

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How SMEs can survive and thrive in 2018
15 January 2018

How SMEs can survive and thrive in 2018

There's a bulk of changes taking place in the UK, and indeed the wider world, which are set to impact the business community in one way or another.

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One in four businesses will miss the tax deadline
12 January 2018

One in four businesses will miss the tax deadline

Now that we are into the New Year, the attentions of many small business owners will now likely turn to the fast approaching January tax deadline. Whilst for a large number, this will already be in-hand, for many...

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Anatomy of finance
10 January 2018

Anatomy of finance

Asset Finance can be a crucial tool for businesses from any sector in helping them spread the cost of vital equipment. Here we look at how both asset finance and short and long-term business loans can help your...

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