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    Welcome to Views from the flipside

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

Why does productivity matter in Food & Drink?
17 October 2016

Why does productivity matter in Food & Drink?

Food producers in the UK are delivering more all the time. Food exports by the UK have doubled in the past ten years, bucking a decline in total exports in the same period. And collectively the industry has reduced...

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Small businesses that export are ‘more confident’
14 October 2016

Small businesses that export are ‘more confident’

‘Small firms that export are more confident’ according to the Small Business Barometer 2016, a poll undertaken with 800 small business owners across the UK.

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How to overcome the challenges of financing growth
13 October 2016

How to overcome the challenges of financing growth

In our latest City A.M feature, Andy Davies, LDF Sales Director comments on the challenges that many businesses face when looking to finance growth. 

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lendinghive wins Innovator of the Year at Leasing World 2016
12 October 2016

lendinghive wins Innovator of the Year at Leasing World 2016

We’ve been celebrating in the office as lendinghive our 24/7 asset finance online portal won ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the eighth annual Leasing World Awards.

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lendinghive: 24/7 finance support for SMEs
6 October 2016

lendinghive: 24/7 finance support for SMEs

In this week’s City A.M. feature, our Managing Director Peter Alderson highlights the on-going issue of access to finance for SMEs. Plus, the very first 24/7 online tool lendinghive, enabling businesses to apply for...

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Courtauld 2025: How can finance help?
5 October 2016

Courtauld 2025: How can finance help?

Food and food supply is changing. As resource use becomes more important to the long-term sustainability of food supply and food security of the UK, the need for food producers and food manufacturers to up their game...

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Technology Suppliers exposed to potential multi-million funding ‘hole’
4 October 2016

Technology Suppliers exposed to potential multi-million funding ‘hole’

The UK vendor finance market for IT and business equipment is worth over £1.3 billion[1].  As finance provider, GE announces it will now “streamline” its offering to the British technology industry, experts are...

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Extended Producer Responsibility: How can finance help?
3 October 2016

Extended Producer Responsibility: How can finance help?

Waste management and recycling in the UK is a dynamic, ever-changing industry. Change is being driven by regular legislative interventions to stimulate the sector, boost recycling rates and in some respects to change...

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How a Kent-based SME became an export powerhouse
29 September 2016

How a Kent-based SME became an export powerhouse

In our latest feature in City A.M. we focus on exporting with an interview with our client Cajero, a specialist manufacturer of cutting tools for the machining of composite and aerospace structures:

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How an 85 year-old coffee roaster perked up a business
23 September 2016

How an 85 year-old coffee roaster perked up a business

“A coffee roaster looks like a washing machine on top of a barbeque.” says Joe O’Hara, owner of premium coffee importer, roaster and retailer, Alchemy“You put the beans in the drum on top while the burners undern...

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Why should your small business consider exporting?
22 September 2016

Why should your small business consider exporting?

Figures released during ‘Exporting is GREAT Week’, highlighted that there are a number of opportunities available for UK SMEs who are considering export.

In total, over 6,000 export opportunities have been showcased...

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Funding for UK Tech Start-Ups is ‘appallingly bad’
21 September 2016

Funding for UK Tech Start-Ups is ‘appallingly bad’

There are more than 1.5 million "digital tech" jobs in the UK, and the sector is said to be growing faster in terms of turnover and productivity than the wider economy, but a survey by LDF has found 47% of IT...

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Business Finance: securing finance for growth needn’t be complex
19 September 2016

Business Finance: securing finance for growth needn’t be complex

This week sees our second instalment in City A.M's ‘Building Britain’s Businesses’ feature where we discuss what it takes for small business owners to enable continued business growth, and how a business loan or ...

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Is Manufacturing bouncing back?
15 September 2016

Is Manufacturing bouncing back?

Following the recent Brexit vote, it seems that Britain’s manufacturers have shrugged off the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

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Q & A: How has SME finance changed since Brexit?
13 September 2016

Q & A: How has SME finance changed since Brexit?

Every Thursday until December, we will feature in City A.M.’s ‘Building Britain’s Businesses’ segment, highlighting important issues that affect many SME businesses and the economy.

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