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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: The challenges faced by SME exporters
3 November 2016

Q&A: The challenges faced by SME exporters

Encouraging small British firms to sell their goods and services overseas is a key plank of government policy, and there is now a range of organisations devoted to helping them do just that.

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LDF awarded 'SME Champion of the Year' at Metro Bank Summit
28 October 2016

LDF awarded 'SME Champion of the Year' at Metro Bank Summit

On Wednesday 26th October, our Credit Director Chris Heeley and Support Team Manager, Tristam Welburn, attended Metro Bank’s inaugural Annual Broker Summit at their UK headquarters in London.

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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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LDF & First Independent Finance battle it out on the fairway
22 October 2016

LDF & First Independent Finance battle it out on the fairway

Friday 14th October saw the inaugural intercompany golf tournament between LDF and FIF.

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Feeding Britain’s largest manufacturing sector
20 October 2016

Feeding Britain’s largest manufacturing sector

In our latest City A.M feature, Rob Hulse, LDF  Head of Channel Development, looks at the challenges that the food industry faces when looking to finance new equipment. 

The food and drink industry is the UK’s...

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How to overcome the challenges of financing growth
13 October 2016

How to overcome the challenges of financing growth

In our latest City A.M feature, Andy Davies, LDF Sales Director comments on the challenges that many businesses face when looking to finance growth. 

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lendinghive wins Innovator of the Year at Leasing World 2016
12 October 2016

lendinghive wins Innovator of the Year at Leasing World 2016

We’ve been celebrating in the office as lendinghive our 24/7 asset finance online portal won ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the eighth annual Leasing World Awards.

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lendinghive: 24/7 finance support for SMEs
6 October 2016

lendinghive: 24/7 finance support for SMEs

In this week’s City A.M. feature, our Managing Director Peter Alderson highlights the on-going issue of access to finance for SMEs. Plus, the very first 24/7 online tool lendinghive, enabling businesses to apply for...

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Technology Suppliers exposed to potential multi-million funding ‘hole’
4 October 2016

Technology Suppliers exposed to potential multi-million funding ‘hole’

The UK vendor finance market for IT and business equipment is worth over £1.3 billion[1].  As finance provider, GE announces it will now “streamline” its offering to the British technology industry, experts are...

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How a Kent-based SME became an export powerhouse
29 September 2016

How a Kent-based SME became an export powerhouse

In our latest feature in City A.M. we focus on exporting with an interview with our client Cajero, a specialist manufacturer of cutting tools for the machining of composite and aerospace structures:

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How an 85 year-old coffee roaster perked up a business
23 September 2016

How an 85 year-old coffee roaster perked up a business

“A coffee roaster looks like a washing machine on top of a barbeque.” says Joe O’Hara, owner of premium coffee importer, roaster and retailer, Alchemy“You put the beans in the drum on top while the burners undern...

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Business Finance: securing finance for growth needn’t be complex
19 September 2016

Business Finance: securing finance for growth needn’t be complex

This week sees our second instalment in City A.M's ‘Building Britain’s Businesses’ feature where we discuss what it takes for small business owners to enable continued business growth, and how a business loan or ...

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Q & A: How has SME finance changed since Brexit?
13 September 2016

Q & A: How has SME finance changed since Brexit?

Every Thursday until December, we will feature in City A.M.’s ‘Building Britain’s Businesses’ segment, highlighting important issues that affect many SME businesses and the economy.

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What Bank Holiday? SMEs working around the clock to make business a success
26 August 2016

What Bank Holiday? SMEs working around the clock to make business a success

With the August Bank Holiday looming, many will be preparing themselves for a relaxing weekend. However, over three quarters (78%) of small to medium sized business will be working this bank holiday.

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