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Feeding Britain’s largest manufacturing sector
20 October 2016

Feeding Britain’s largest manufacturing sector

In our latest City A.M feature, Rob Hulse, LDF  Head of Channel Development, looks at the challenges that the food industry faces when looking to finance new equipment. 

The food and drink industry is the UK’s...

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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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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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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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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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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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What Bank Holiday? SMEs working around the clock to make business a success
26 August 2016

What Bank Holiday? SMEs working around the clock to make business a success

With the August Bank Holiday looming, many will be preparing themselves for a relaxing weekend. However, over three quarters (78%) of small to medium sized business will be working this bank holiday.

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LDF invest in employee satisfaction as national level hits a high
23 August 2016

LDF invest in employee satisfaction as national level hits a high

The latest ‘Employee Outlook’ report, conducted by the CIPD, highlights that job satisfaction has dropped to +40 (from +48 in Autumn 2015), whereas, employees in micro businesses report the highest levels of job...

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Leeds-based SME unveils ambitious growth for 2016
17 August 2016

Leeds-based SME unveils ambitious growth for 2016

We recently revealed the issues presently facing British start-ups, with 30% of SME owners saying funding issues are the biggest barriers to their business growth.

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£27,520: The Start Up Sum for Success
15 August 2016

£27,520: The Start Up Sum for Success

A survey of 850 SMEs has revealed the average amount needed to start a business in the UK today is £27,520.

The report by LDF shows Manchester is the most expensive place to start up. Newcastle was the most...

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LDF and Metro Bank provide new £30 million lending solution
10 August 2016

LDF and Metro Bank provide new £30 million lending solution

Independent finance provider, LDF and Metro Bank will be working together to provide a brand new £30 million lending solution to support professional firms, challenging traditional funding options.

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UK Finance flaws fail British start ups
28 July 2016

UK Finance flaws fail British start ups

They are the backbone of our British economy, but a survey by LDF has found small businesses are being failed by antiquated financial process, with funding issues cited by 30% of SME owners as the biggest barrier to...

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