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What the Autumn Statement means for SMEs
24 November 2016

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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Online routes for small businesses into high street retailers
10 November 2016

Online routes for small businesses into high street retailers

Britain’s small businesses, however innovative, can often find it difficult to get their products into shops, and an increasing number use online platforms that enable them to sell directly to customers.

But there is...

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Q&A: What makes Britain’s family businesses tick?
27 October 2016

Q&A: What makes Britain’s family businesses tick?

In today's City A.M feature, Phil Harris, Executive Director of the Business Research Institute, talks about family-owned businesses and how the estimated 4.6 million need to be supported more.

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Funding for UK Tech Start-Ups is ‘appallingly bad’
21 September 2016

Funding for UK Tech Start-Ups is ‘appallingly bad’

There are more than 1.5 million "digital tech" jobs in the UK, and the sector is said to be growing faster in terms of turnover and productivity than the wider economy, but a survey by LDF has found 47% of IT...

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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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Manufacturing & Finance 2016
2 August 2016

Manufacturing & Finance 2016

A new report from EEF, a manufacturing lobby group,and accountancy firm BDO shows that confidence among manufacturers has slumped since the UK's Brexit vote.

Manufacturers' average confidence score dropped to 5.24...

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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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Selecting the right finance for growth
7 July 2016

Selecting the right finance for growth

Whilst bank finance plays an important role in business growth, access to finance remains an area of difficulty for some. Additionally, the variety of available facilities may not always match that of your business. 

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UK micro-business owners hits 2.2 million
20 June 2016

UK micro-business owners hits 2.2 million

Recent figures released by Direct Line for Business revealed that there are nearly 2.2 million micro-businesses operating in the UK, suggesting that, “one in thirty Britons could be a microbusiness owner”.

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Short or long-term: What is the best business loan for me?
8 June 2016

Short or long-term: What is the best business loan for me?

According to the Small Business Survey, produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the main reason that businesses applied for external finance in 2015 was to acquire working capital or for cash...

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Hospitality and Leisure: Selecting the right finance
5 May 2016

Hospitality and Leisure: Selecting the right finance

Financing of hospitality and leisure equipment is ever increasing and in demand. Preserving capital within the business for business opportunities that may arise and be more profitable is a key driver of growth in...

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SME artisan food producer borrowing hits record high in 2015
31 March 2016

SME artisan food producer borrowing hits record high in 2015

An increasing number of SME Food Producers are opting to seek alternative finance to support a rising demand for high quality artisan products.

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LDF & the British Business Bank agree £51m facility to increase asset finance for SME
12 February 2016

LDF & the British Business Bank agree £51m facility to increase asset finance for SME

Working with the British Business Bank we are proud to provide a £51m facility to fund a portfolio of small businesses with asset finance facilities.

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Will the Government rethink SME quarterly tax return?
8 January 2016

Will the Government rethink SME quarterly tax return?

The New Year has already brought good news for UK small businesses, with the prospect of a rethink on the somewhat controversial plan for SMEs to file tax returns on a quarterly basis.

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