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

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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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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This was a mixed Budget for British SMEs
27 November 2017

This was a mixed Budget for British SMEs

British businesses waited with bated breath for the chancellor to serve them another blow in his Budget speech last week. But Philip Hammond has finally cut small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) some slack, and...

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A quick guide to the Autumn Statement: What small businesses need to know
22 November 2017

A quick guide to the Autumn Statement: What small businesses need to know

Today, Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his second budget and first Autumn Statement since the General Election earlier this year, in which he expressed a resolve to look forwards not backwards.

The future is...

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Addressing the power imbalance in lending
21 November 2017

Addressing the power imbalance in lending

The UK’s biggest banks have been mired in various scandals over the years. But for many small businesses, one particular scandal sticks out, because it shone a light on the lack of support for SMEs that encounter...

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Our industries must not fall behind again
6 November 2017

Our industries must not fall behind again

From robotics to artificial intelligence (AI), advances in technology have been gathering pace over recent years. Built on the digital advances of the past four decades, the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is...

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Don’t let your firm be a hacker’s paradise
30 October 2017

Don’t let your firm be a hacker’s paradise

Headlines have been dominated by news of cyber attacks over recent months. But to date, no hack rivals the WannaCry virus, which temporarily crippled the NHS and other organisations around the world.

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The hurdles SMEs face when it comes to hiring
23 October 2017

The hurdles SMEs face when it comes to hiring

When it comes to growing your business, investing in your staff is a core ingredient to making it successful. And yet many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to find the right staff to fit the...

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How a new craft distillery funded their ambitious development plans
20 October 2017

How a new craft distillery funded their ambitious development plans

This week we talk to Chris Toller, Director of the Henstone Distillery Limited, an exciting new craft distillery based in the beautiful rolling Shropshire countryside. Their vision is a grand one, and their three...

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This £4bn problem is stunting SME growth
16 October 2017

This £4bn problem is stunting SME growth

Every year, tens of thousands of small businesses see their loan applications refused by the big banks. In fact, figures from the British Business Bank (BBB) indicate this amounts to around £4bn in loans annually – a...

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How The Internet Gardener nurtured their growth with business finance
13 October 2017

How The Internet Gardener nurtured their growth with business finance

In our latest feature in City A.M. we interview our client The Internet Gardener, a thriving small business with both online and bricks & mortar presences.

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Coping with the cocktail of issues facing smaller businesses
25 September 2017

Coping with the cocktail of issues facing smaller businesses

Any small company will know that getting their business going can feel like an uphill battle, and there are concerns it’s about to get harder for the smaller business community.

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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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How to make your marketing work for you
5 April 2017

How to make your marketing work for you

In the first of a 4 part series on making money work for your business, we look at how investing in a clear marketing plan can boost your business exposure.

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