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Small business credit approvals hit 30-month low (but not on the flipside)
15 May 2018

Small business credit approvals hit 30-month low (but not on the flipside)

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses1 has found that small firms are finding it increasingly difficult to access new finance.

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Good payment practice is a must for government contracts
12 April 2018

Good payment practice is a must for government contracts

Earlier this week, the Cabinet Office announced that outsourcing firms who fail to pay suppliers on time will be excluded from major government contracts moving forward.

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The driving force behind the eco-revolution
5 March 2018

The driving force behind the eco-revolution

The UK is en route to a vehicle revolution. Not only are driverless cars set to become commonplace in the not-so-distant future, but the government is really beginning to clamp down on the number of polluting...

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Business clusters are still relevant in the digital age
26 February 2018

Business clusters are still relevant in the digital age

In this week's City AM article, Peter Alderson, LDF Managing Director discusses how business clusters are as relevant and beneficial as ever to small businesses.

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Educating SMEs on their finance options is vital for growth
22 February 2018

Educating SMEs on their finance options is vital for growth

In our latest comment piece in City AM, Managing Director Peter Alderson looks at the latest small business finance reports and what the outlook is for SME growth in 2018.

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Don't miss the benefits of apprentices
19 February 2018

Don't miss the benefits of apprentices

The spotlight has once again turned to the skills shortage in the UK, as British businesses seem to be facing an uphill battle to find the right people to fill positions.

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UK small businesses primed for success in 2018
8 February 2018

UK small businesses primed for success in 2018

Among the constant and often gloomy business stories dominating our news feeds lately, it was refreshing to read a positive joint research piece by American Express and Oxford Economics this week, outlining an...

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Protecting your firm against rising rates
5 February 2018

Protecting your firm against rising rates

In November, the Bank of England raised the base rate for the first time in a decade, shifting it up from its rock-bottom low of 0.25 per cent back to 0.5 per cent.

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The changing face of business finance
29 January 2018

The changing face of business finance

It’s mind-boggling to think that only a decade ago the government was forced to bring banks back from the brink. A lot has changed since the financial crisis a decade ago, and perhaps the biggest change in the UK is...

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Businesses need more clarity on VAT import taxes
26 January 2018

Businesses need more clarity on VAT import taxes

With significant changes to VAT import taxes potentially due this year, our Managing Director Peter Alderson discusses how small businesses need to be better represented.

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How SMEs can survive and thrive in 2018
15 January 2018

How SMEs can survive and thrive in 2018

There's a bulk of changes taking place in the UK, and indeed the wider world, which are set to impact the business community in one way or another.

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Can Open Banking fulfil expectations?
4 December 2017

Can Open Banking fulfil expectations?

There's a storm brewing in the banking world as companies brace for a huge shakeup in the financial services industry.

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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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