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Welcome to the flipside: Graham's Cartons

Graham's Cartons

Client

Graham's Cartons

Need

Cash flow finance

Solution

Short-term business loan
Corporation Tax

Date

March 2016

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The customer

Graham's Cartons is a Liverpool-based family business that’s been a going concern for over 52 years. The company produces corrugated cases and solid board containers for retailers, as well as smaller boxes and packaging solutions. They provide their 100% recyclable cartons, die cuts and pallet boxes to customers all around the country.

What they needed

Colin Graham, managing director of the business, was keen to expand – but irregular cashflow was getting in the way of investment.

How we helped

A short-term business loan let Colin pay that year’s corporation tax bill and spread the expenditure over 12 months, freeing up funds to invest in areas of the business that had great potential for growth.

The result

Graham’s Cartons has invested in bigger and faster machinery, as well as new delivery vehicles. They have taken on a number of new people, allowing the company to keep up with heavy customer demand and turn orders around in just days.

They’ve also been able to take on some larger customers, including a north-west football club, packing memorabilia, such as old football ground seats, into display cases to be shipped worldwide.

“LDF made it simple and straightforward for me to access finance for what was a considerable cost. Spreading our Corp Tax over 12 months meant we could focus our full attention on developing our business, including moving into bigger premises and taking on a well-known football club as a client.”
Colin Graham, Managing Director

"Covering the cost of Corporation Tax is one way for businesses to unlock their money to develop other areas of their business. To see that Graham's Cartons have been able to expand off the back of this short-term investment is a testament to this."
Andy Davies, LDF Sales Director 

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Welcome to the flipside: Alchemy Coffee

Alchemy Coffee

Client

Alchemy Coffee

Need

The mother of all roasting machines

Solution

Asset Finance

Date

March 2016

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The customer

Joe O’Hara, owner of coffee importer, roaster and retailer Alchemy, once built oilrigs in Texas. But he caught the coffee bug on honeymoon in Central America – so much that he gave up Texas oil for Wimbledon coffee, setting up Alchemy and growing it from a tiny coffee events company to a premium wholesaler and retailer.

What they needed

A rather special 85-year-old coffee roaster. Why? Because it was built to a level of quality that doesn’t exist anymore, allowing for more consistent roasting. But the roaster was rare, expensive and needed a complete restoration – and that’s where the problems began.

As Joe put it: “You go to a bank and say the roaster is 75 years old; you say it’s in a warehouse in Germany and it needs to be completely restored. You say you’re buying it in euros and then shipping it over to Britain. We went to a few banks, but they couldn’t understand it.”

How we helped

We had already worked with Joe and were pleased to help Alchemy this time too, with asset finance for the purchase and restoration of the roaster.

The result

As well as supplying retailers, Alchemy has a café near St Paul’s, with further expansion planned. The new roaster is a central part of this, maintaining the coffee’s premium quality as well as increasing volume.

“When the bank doesn't understand it, LDF does!
Joe O'Hara, Owner

"One of our most interesting stories to date, we are proud to have been able to help Alchemy with providing the money needed to restore their vintage coffee machine. We hope to be able to assist with any future plans Alchemy have to growth their business."
Andy Davies, Group Sales Director, LDF

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Welcome to the flipside: Extreme Adventure

Extreme Adventure

Client

Extreme Adventure

Need

Britain's first mobile ninja assault course 

Solution

Business development loan
Asset Finance
Hire purchase

Date

January 2015

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The customer

Based in Cheshire, Extreme Adventure specialises in adrenaline: extreme assault courses, laser mazes, slackline tightrope walking, zorbing and sniper training. The family-owned business is always trying new ideas, like segway obstacle courses and racing, or the first ever mobile high-level rope climbing and activity course.

What they needed

Diana Caldwell, director of Extreme Adventure, needed funding to allow the company to keep coming up with new, more extreme adrenaline adventures. This meant new kit and lots of new overheads (of the less adrenaline-filled kind).

How we helped

We've worked closely with Extreme Adventure for several years, arranging a number of finance options, including a business development loan for a brand-new ninja assault course and asset finance for Segways, bubble cannons, mobile high ropes and vehicle simulators.

The result

Extreme Adventure have been able to carry on with what they do best - scaring the pants off more and more customers. This has significantly pushed up their profits and turnover. New events include the UK's first mobile ninja assault course - a chance for people to test themselves against the course (which includes the tilting beam and warrior steps). against each other, and against the clock.

LDF are always keen to discuss the options available to us, and to find a solution for any purchases that we require to evolve our new projects – no matter how unusual!
Diana Caldwell, Director

"The level that the business has been able to invest and grow through finance is a great success story and demonstrates that finance is something that can be embraced by even the most diverse of industries."
Andy Davies, Groups Sales Director, LDF

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Stories from the flipside

See how some of our customers have taken advantage of LDF’s Flipside Finance.

Graham's Cartons
Alchemy Coffee
Extreme Adventure

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The Shorter Loan

A short-term business loan that lets you spread out costs over 3-12 months, smoothing cash flow and freeing up cash for investment in other areas of your business.

Our customers use the Shorter Loan for things like Corporation, Income Tax and VAT payments, annual insurance bills, Private Indemnity Insurance and software licenses. But we’ll consider a broad range of business purposes – just get in touch with us to discuss your specific requirements.

Other ways we can help

1-5years CalendarThe Longer Loan

A loan option that helps you cover a wide range of costs over a period of 12 months to 5 years.

Our customers use this option when they’re looking to develop their business – for example by undertaking renovations and refurbishment, increasing their marketing activity or even acquiring a new business or buying out a partner.

Again, we will consider a broad range of business purposes.

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Asset Finance

A variety of finance options for the equipment your business needs to thrive.

Our customers have used asset finance for everything from computers to bubble cannons.

We can help you choose between a finance lease, hire purchase, commercial loan or a vehicle lease – just get in touch with us to discuss your specific requirements.

 

Business the LDF way

Welcome to the flipside. Where finance isn’t a chore. It’s just a simple tool to help you run a successful business.

- We’ve cut out all unnecessary bureaucracy, so you’ll get the money you need in less than 24hrs and often as little as 4hrs

- You’ll always speak to the same person on the phone

- We accept 4 out of every 5 applications

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The £35 billion black hole

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 £35bn. Because they apply for funding less often than they could. And some don’t apply at all. That means many firms are missing out on funds to smooth cash flow, renew vital business equipment and support expansion plans.

Download our guide to flipside finance to discover the benefits of using finance as an everyday business tool, and find out why 95% of our customers come back to LDF again and again.

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