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    Finance the equipment you need and offset the tax with the AIA increase
    27 November 2018

    Finance the equipment you need and offset the tax with the AIA increase

    The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is increasing from £200k to £1m, giving small-medium businesses the chance to invest in equipment and technology with up to 100% offset against tax on business income.

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    New budget to stimulate business investment thanks to AIA increase
    2 November 2018

    New budget to stimulate business investment thanks to AIA increase

    On Monday, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his last pre-Brexit Autumn 2018 Budget, announcing a number of reliefs and spending pledges, largely welcomed by many of the UK’s business leaders.

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    Are small businesses facing a postcode lottery when it comes to funding?
    13 September 2018

    Are small businesses facing a postcode lottery when it comes to funding?

    There have been several new reports in the press recently highlighting some of the problems faced by smaller businesses in finding finance and surprisingly, it seems that some regions are faring worse than others.

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    5 key stats for why your small business should be exporting
    6 September 2018

    5 key stats for why your small business should be exporting

    If you’re not already exporting your goods and services, it can be a daunting prospect. But there are plenty of reasons why it's worth investing the time and resources.

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    Could exporting be the future for UK businesses?
    22 August 2018

    Could exporting be the future for UK businesses?

    In the UK, the dreaded “B” word continues to take centre stage, as thousands of businesses hold their breath for the outcome of the negotiations with the European Union.

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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 small businesses on their finance options is vital for growth
    22 February 2018

    Educating small businesses 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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