Director's Chair

[Director’s Chair] Does your board provide genuine business advantage or might it feel like an unnecessary luxury for smaller businesses?

In this month’s Director’s Chair, our non-executive Director, Raymond Sykes, gives his views on discipline in the boardroom. Hallcroft Finance is on a carefully managed growth trajectory and one of the first actions in our five-year business plan was to form an effective board, including non-executive directors (NEDs). Maintaining NEDs is not a legal requirement…

September 15, 2021
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Director’s Chair – Raymond Sykes gives a personal view on investing

“Why did you invest in that development project?” Since retiring from the corporate world I’ve been investing regularly in a number of property development projects.  These projects are across a range with GDVs up to £10m+. A friend recently asked me what attracts me to invest in one particular project and reject another. A good…

June 2, 2021
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The rise of energy efficient mortgages, are you green enough?

Finance providers are beginning to offer improved loan terms for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, otherwise known as energy-efficient mortgages. An increasing number of financial lenders providing energy-efficient mortgages. For example, Lloyds Bank’s Clean Growth Financing Initiative provides discounted lending for companies that use electric vehicles, wind turbines or solar panels.  Aviva Investors has announced…

April 15, 2021
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Why our business relationships improve our business

“Business relationships, unlike cash, are not a diminishing resource, they can only multiply. This is the main reason why they are so important to have and cultivate through time. They rely mostly on trust, loyalty, and communication.” – Anon At our recent Board meeting, the team gave an update on business performance for the first…

March 17, 2021
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