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

Good payment practice is a must for government contracts
12 April 2018

Good payment practice is a must for government contracts

Earlier this week, the Cabinet Office announced that outsourcing firms who fail to pay suppliers on time will be excluded from major government contracts moving forward.

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Now's the time to talk about chatbots
3 April 2018

Now's the time to talk about chatbots

Slowly but surely, chatbots are becoming ingrained into our everyday lives – both in our homes in the form of Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, and increasingly in business as an effective form of customer services.

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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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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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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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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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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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Craft brew yourself to a hoppy success...
28 November 2017

Craft brew yourself to a hoppy success...

Research shows that the number of UK breweries is up almost two-thirds in the past five years - back to levels last seen in the 1930s and the rise of craft breweries specifically is impressive.

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Interest rate rise – can finance help?
2 November 2017

Interest rate rise – can finance help?

Research from insolvency firm Begbies Traynor found that, at the end of Q3 2017, close to 250,000 of the companies surveyed ended the quarter with a negative net worth, but have survived thanks to the prolonged low...

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Accessing business finance in a post Brexit world
13 September 2017

Accessing business finance in a post Brexit world

It’s broadly appreciated that uncertainty is the arch enemy of business development. And if there’s one thing to be sure about, it’s that Brexit has pushed the level of uncertainty to an absolute peak, especially...

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‘Financial help equals failure’ say young entrepreneurs
2 June 2017

‘Financial help equals failure’ say young entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are being held back by a lack of funding as more than half of small business owners aged 16-24 simply avoid seeking funding as they see applying for a loan as an admission of failure.

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Maximise your business growth potential through finance
18 April 2017

Maximise your business growth potential through finance

In the previous instalment, we discussed how you can cover recurring short-term costs such as your tax bills. In this latest piece, we look at longer-term investment for business growth and development.

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Bring finance to your clients in just a few clicks
27 March 2017

Bring finance to your clients in just a few clicks

Getting a traditional business loan can be a long and frustrating process. For many people, the gain just doesn’t outweigh the pain. So it’s no surprise that British small businesses are underfunded by a whopping...

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Turn your dream into a reality with a business loan
16 March 2017

Turn your dream into a reality with a business loan

Ever had a dream project that you wanted to finance, but were not sure if you could? Many business owners dream of taking their business into the future, but the ventures can sometimes seem ‘too big’ or ‘impossible’....

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