Useful Links

This page is designed to assist people wanting to access useful resources and learn more about the lending sector industry. It will be continuously updated and you are welcome to check back at any time

Training and Education

The Open University offers a wide range of resources with many free of charge courses, called OpenLearn. We recommend tabbing down to the Money & Business section or clicking here to find out more and search for your chosen subject area

The Leasing Foundation

The Leasing Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that has three key focus areas – innovation; young people; and diversity and inclusion – which are crucial in terms of driving growth across the industry.  From its inception, the Leasing Foundation has sought to demonstrate that there are many ways to support the development of the industry with a focus on getting the job done rather than structures and titles.   It has been a platform from which projects and initiatives are launched, and has now partnered with the AFPA Trust to ensure that individuals in the business finance industry have access to appropriate personal and professional development programmes

Regulatory Sources

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the conduct regulator for 58,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms. Their aim to make markets work well – for individuals, for business, large and small, and for the economy as a whole. Being up to date with the market and consumer requirements keeps you ahead. We recommend clicking on the Firms section

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is the UK regular for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Their role is to uphold information rights in the public interest with the aim of correcting incorrect personal data handling where possible or issuing fines to companies for illegal or bad behaviours. We recommend clicking on the Organisations section to begin with. The latest enforcement actions that have been taken can be viewed here

Business Debt Advice

Debts and fighting your way back from them can be highly stressful for individuals. The Money Advice Trust’s Business Debtline provides free debt advice to small businesses and people who are self-employed. Their services can be accessed over the phone, through our website and via webchat. The service is completely free, confidential and independent

General Lending Sector Information

Finding the right funder to finance a specific asset can be a challenge. Asset Finance 500 lists more than 500 specialist UK hire purchase and leasing brokers who cover just be about any asset that can be financed

Fraud Prevention

The Fraud Advisory Panel is a charity and membership organisation that shares fraud prevention best practices along detection, investigation and prosecution support. With rapid growth in both online and offline fraud, being properly prepared can make the difference between business as usual and business closure