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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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Tax doesn’t need to be taxing for small businesses

Almost half of UK small businesses say they struggle with paying their tax bills, according to a survey by UK insurer RSA, so is it time to re-assess how they tackle this?

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Businesses miss out on funding ‘because they don’t understand jargon’

A wide-ranging survey of small business bosses showed that just under two in five Yorkshire decision makers cited the language used by lenders as having put them off applying for finance.

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Business development loans: turn your vision into reality

In a recent survey commissioned by the LDF Group, 30% of small to medium businesses claimed not taking funding in time or not taking funding at all to be their poorest financial decision in the past 12 months. A...

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Mid-sized firms risk being overlooked for finance

Medium-sized businesses grew more quickly, generated larger profit growth and created more jobs in the past year than Britain’s large and small companies, according to research undertaken by accountancy firm BDO....

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Your chance to overcome manufacturing barriers

From the advanced robotic centres of South Yorkshire to the artisan food producers of North Yorkshire, the region is home to a world class manufacturing sector which is rich both heritage and opportunity.

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Access to finance is key to getting SMEs exporting

Brexit may have been delayed but one thing that isn’t slowing down is UK exports. The latest industrial trends survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) this month revealed that export orders...

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How construction firms can protect their cash flow

Led by John Morrison, head of southern operations for LDF Group, LDF’s Southampton office has considerable construction finance experience. The construction industry is the UK’s third largest sector, accounting for...

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There's a flipside to business finance

The majority of banks are still not providing for the needs of smaller businesses, despite what they say.  More than 47% of SMEs have been turned down for finance*, some more than once, and a third of business owners...

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The key to unlocking business growth

Here in the UK, we are incredibly proud to house a vibrant small business sector which is large, diverse and continues to grow at a considerable rate. Our existing 4.8m small businesses are the backbone of our...

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SMEs remain optimistic in the face of Brexit

Now that Theresa May has set out her 12 priorities for Brexit, and with Article 50 set to be triggered within weeks, are the UK’s SMEs starting to feel any effects?

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How can you finance digital assets?

The digital economy has created myriad new types of business with different needs to traditional, bricks and mortar firms. And with new business comes new challenges, one of which is access to the right sort of...

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16 January 2017
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The financial failures of the 2016 festive season

Bad Planning Brings a Killer New Year Hangover for Small Businesses

- One fifth of SME annual profit will be created during the Christmas sales period- But 15% have missed a profit-making opportunity during the season

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The Commonwealth opportunity for UK SMEs

It’s hard to avoid using enormous numbers when discussing trade and the numbers don’t come much bigger than for the Commonwealth.

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What the Autumn Statement means for SMEs

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement saw the chancellor announce a mild loosening of the public finances in order to invest in closing the productivity gap between Britain and other developed nations. Against a backdrop of...

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