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Forget the crystal ball gazing and prepare
26 March 2018

Forget the crystal ball gazing and prepare

Let’s face it, anyone starting a business is essentially making a prediction about the future: they have a viable product, they will gain market share and their company will grow.

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How to broaden your business horizons into exports
19 March 2018

How to broaden your business horizons into exports

In the UK, the dreaded “B” word continues to take centre stage, as thousands of businesses hold their breath for the outcome of the negotiations with the European Union.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained
12 March 2018

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Entrepreneurs will know that finding your feet isn’t always easy. Figures from the British Business Bank indicate that almost half of new businesses are still being rejected by banks for business loans and overdrafts.

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Today is International Women's Day
8 March 2018

Today is International Women's Day

This week in our City AM article, Peter Alderson, LDF Managing Director focuses on how the financial services industry is working to improve diversity and equality.

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How to cover the rising cost of farming inputs, without harming your cash flow
27 February 2018

How to cover the rising cost of farming inputs, without harming your cash flow

Agricultural inputs are the resources used in farm production, such as seed, animal feed, fertiliser and livestock, they’re essential to the success of your farm or agricultural business, and at this time of year,...

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How a new concept restaurant is using alternative finance to launch
22 February 2018

How a new concept restaurant is using alternative finance to launch

We talk to Dea McGill, director of exciting new concept restaurant Brassica about how they developed their business idea and how finance from LDF is helping to make it happen.

Set to open next month as part of the...

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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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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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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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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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Thousands submit tax returns over the Christmas period
5 January 2018

Thousands submit tax returns over the Christmas period

Whilst many of us were relaxing over the Christmas break, thousands of self-employed and small business owners were busy completing their tax returns, perhaps determined to get this off the agenda before the New Year.

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How to pay your tax bill after the HMRC credit card changes
19 December 2017

How to pay your tax bill after the HMRC credit card changes

The number of people using credit cards to pay a tax bill hits a record 800,000, but there are other ways of spreading this cost.

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