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  • Katy Ford

    Launch of our home-grown business campaign

    This year we have already loaned £750,000 to businesses that had been refused bank finance despite having a viable business plan. We want to build on this successful model and loan even more in the...

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  • Phil Rose

    The rural housing pledge

    I find it hard not to support the motives of the Rural Housing Alliance – a group of Housing Associations that specialise in providing affordable homes for local people in villages in the countryside. At...

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  • Phil Rose

    Thoughts from a train

    So I’m off to the House of Commons today to attend the launch of the ‘Rural Housing Pledge’ by the Rural Housing Alliance – a group of Housing Associations that specialise in the provision of affordable...

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  • The journey of my business

    Two years ago I would never have imagined I would be in the position I am today. After leaving a well-paid job I took what I like to call my ‘leap of faith’ into the business world for the first time. With...

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  • What makes a good business plan?

    If you talk to a military man, he will tell you that a plan is unlikely to survive the first hour of the battle. I once served on a joint government / private sector committee that focussed on British...

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