Our coverage of the 5th leading London boroughs by population ends here with Enfield that took the final spot. This location is bordered by Haringey, Waltham Forest and Barnet that we profiled in the leading position. With a population above 333,000, this is a sizeable area and it isn’t that far behind Ealing at 340k. For areas within, Enfield has almost 160k (there is confusingly “Enfield Town” within that itself has 15k). Edmonton is another town of note with over 82k residents. In history, this location is famed for the world’s first ATM, invented by John Shepherd-Barron. It was installed locally at a Barclays Bank branch on June 1967 and was opened by the local actor Reg Varney.
Doorstep Loans in Enfield (Borough), London
In order to identify coverage here, a fair few postcodes had to be checked over. The main postcode range runs on the EN code (6 of these). The town’s codes are EN1, EN2 and EN3. There are also several N codes and a single E code (E4). Once the entire range was analysed at Lenders Compared we were able to find 6 lender options. This included the major brands Loans at Home and Morses Club. Ealing Trading Company and Manor House Supplies also offered local coverage and the less recognisable appearances came from Cash Loans Direct and Get Loans. This turned out to be Get’s single appearance and they managed to offer the cheapest deal.
Famed as the “Queen of the Suburbs” due to it parks and tree-lined streets, the London Borough of Ealing sits West, surrounded by Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. This is the 4th largest of the boroughs and is populated by around 340,000+. Key districts include Ealing (85k) and Southall (70k). There are a few towns of note including Acton and Northolt. Ealing Studios stands out for being a major centre of the UK film industry. Rooted to 1902, it’s the world’s oldest continuously working studio facility for production. There are many classics in the database. For modern creations, you may be familiar with Shaun of the Dead, The Descent and The Imitation Game.
Doorstep Loans in Ealing (Borough), London
To identify local coverage, we analysed Ealing’s postcode range that extends across 4 areas. Most of which are attached on the UB or W range. Single exterior codes included HA0 and NW10. Across the entire range of codes a total of 6 firms went on to appear on searches at Lenders Compared. The big hitters Loans at Home and Morses Club made their usual appearances. Then there was Ealing Trading Company who themselves have good coverage across the UK. Despite their name they are actually based in Watford. They were joined by the smaller firms Blackwell Finance, Burdett Trading Co and the final firm to spring up was Manor House Supplies.
The London Borough of Newham is the 3rd highest populated of the boroughs (355k). This location sits in the East and is surrounded by 6 other boroughs. Significant local towns include Stratford, Forest Gate, Plaistow and Canning. There is between a 30k and 37k population in each. Whilst Stratford leads those, the district of East Ham has over 76k. West Ham in contrast is much smaller at 16k. This is however integral for West Ham United FC. They had played matches at Upton Park between 1904-2016, but now play from the London Stadium. This Stratford ground receives mixed press for its design, but for concerts can hold 80,000. Football is smaller, yet will soon be expanded to 66,000.
Doorstep Loans in Newham (Borough), London
Tower Hamlets is a bordered neighbour who has London’s highest poverty rate at 39%. Newham’s is linked (at 37%) in being the 31/32 boroughs or 32/33 inc City of LDN. With this in mind, plus the high population, it is clear that this location is surely a key target for doorstep lenders. The postcode searches to make here mostly covered the E (Eastern) postcode area (8 of these) and there is a single appearance for IG11. Moving to the results, we uncovered 7 lending options (tied for highest coverage with Croydon). This included Burdett Trading Co, Cash Loans Direct, Ealing Trading Company, Loans at Home, Manor House Supplies, Morses Club and Pinewood Finance Company.
The London Borough of Croydon is situated in south London sitting in-between Bromley and Sutton. Croydon’s population is the 2nd highest at 388k, edged out by Barnet’s 399k. There is then quite a drop to 3rd placed Newham at 355k. This borough is named after the historic town of Croydon that makes up around 50% of the population. The Thornton Heath district is also of note at 65k alongside Coulsdon town at 25k. Croydon’s area is well known as being a retail hub, but more so for Crystal Palace who have played at Selhurst Park in the suburb of Selhurst since 1924. This is one of the lowest attendance Premier League stadiums holding approx 26,000 (ranks 17th/20th).
Doorstep Loans in Croydon (Borough), London
This is the 2nd largest borough, but of the leading 5, Croydon’s poverty rate is the lowest of the bunch at 22%. With this in mind, it was unclear just what results we would see when conducting searches through Lenders Compared for coverage. There was a few postcodes to study to unveil local providers. Most of which run across the CR code range and then there was single code appearances for BR, SE and SW. Once searched the number of active firms to appear stood at 7. This included Burdett Trading, Ealing Trading, Loans at Home, Manor House, Morses, Murdons and Owen Roy Pickering. This ties them with Newham (at 7) for joint highest of the leading 5 boroughs.
The London Borough of Barnet is the most highly populated of the 32 London boroughs. The population stands at 399,000+ vs Croydon’s 388,000+. The area in focus sits north surrounded by Enfield and Harrow. For settlements within, the same named Barnet has been a market town since the 13th century. Barnet’s population at 48k is smaller than Edgware at 76k. Outside of these towns, Finchley is a notable large district at 65k. Within it there is East Finchley that stands out for being the UK home of McDonald’s. This is the world’s largest restaurant chain with close to 39,000 restaurants. There are 1270 outlets across the UK that began with a 1974 debut opening in Woolwich.
Doorstep Loans in Barnet (Borough), London
This borough’s postcode range spans across 4 areas (EN, N, NW, HA), although most cover N and NW. In total there was 16 codes that were entered to unveil prices on Lenders Compared. The result of the searches saw just 4 firms appear that included Ealing Trading Company, Loans at Home, Manor House Supplies and Morses Club. More options were expected since this is the #1 populated borough. The other 4 leading locations had between 6 and 7 lender options each time that proves that coverage is limited. It is the case that Barnet’s poverty rate was the 2nd lowest of the 5 at 23%, but then and again Croydon was lowest at 22% and this produced 7 results.
This county, an English island, is home to just over 140,000 people. The IOW has 2 main towns of a similar population size. Ryde is the largest with around 30,000 vs Newport’s 25,000. Smaller locations include Cowes and Sandown that float around the 12k mark. Ryde is known as the “Town on the Beach” and has become integral as the gateway to the island from the many operating ferries. There are up to 200 ferry crossings a day. The Hovertravel company is of note in delivering rides from Portsmouth to this destination in under 10 minutes. This is the UK’s only passenger hovercraft company currently operating and the world’s longest running commercial service, established in 1965.
Doorstep Loans in Ryde, Isle of Wight, South East
The Isle of Wight was the final county to cover in the South East region based on who has the largest sized city/town. It was interesting to explore coverage here, but few options were expected based on the population size in question of 30k. The IOW’s postcodes are assigned on Portsmouth’s PO code. The county codes range from PO30 to PO41. Ryde’s specific postcode is PO33 and when searched this unveiled just the 2 lender options. The lenders that offered coverage locally were Morses Club and Short Term Finance. It was interesting in not seeing Loans at Home make an appearance. We did for reference expand to check Newport’s coverage and the same options popped up.
Guildford measured as Surrey’s largest town at 85,000 against Woking’s 63,000. Both towns have larger populations when factoring the boroughs that covers Guildford’s (150k+) and Woking’s (100k+). These towns stand out in the county, whilst the other locations are small noting Esher, Ewell, Walton-on-Thames etc. This town has been a popular hub for major businesses including Allianz, Colgate-Palmolive, Ericsson, Philips Electronics and Sanofi. It is however gaming that grabs the headlines and this has brought with it the title of the “Hollywood of Video Games”. Locals include Criterion Games, Hello Games and Media Molecule, but the now closed Bullfrog Productions is perhaps the most famous, having produced Theme Park, alongside Dungeon Keeper, Magic Carpet, Populous and Syndicate.
Doorstep Loans in Guildford, Surrey, South East
This may be a popular destination for business and gaming giants, but due to the small county size it isn’t an ideal location for doorstep lenders to target for leads. With this in mind, we didn’t expect to see many options popping up on our postcode checks. These checks were undertaken across Guildford’s postcodes that spans between the range of GU1 and GU5. As it turned out, just 2 lenders in fact stepped forward to offer local coverage and these were the regular appearances from Loans at Home and Morses Club. This didn’t turn out to be a fluke as we also analysed Woking’s postcodes and the same pair were again the only options.
The county of West Sussex has 2 sizeable towns with closely matched population sizes. It is however Crawley that just leads at 114,000+ ahead of Worthing at 110,000+. Outside of these, you are then left with much smaller locations such as Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Shoreham-by-Sea that all have populations across the lower to upper 20k region. Crawley’s most famed destination is Gatwick Airport. This is not actually based in the town, but it is situated within the Crawley borough. Gatwick is the UK’s 2nd busiest, overshadowed somewhat by Heathrow. There is significance however when you factor in all of London’s airports. Once bunched together this makes London the world’s busiest city airport system.
Doorstep Loans in Crawley, West Sussex, South East
To research coverage we searched Crawley’s postcodes that includes RH6 (Gatwick’s location), alongside RH10 and RH11. Once completed the number of lenders offering coverage came in at 4 firms. Loans at Home and Morses Club were expected to appear and they were bunched alongside Burdett Trading Co and Owen Roy Pickering. Each of these have a small presence across both London and the South East. Overall, we didn’t expect many options in this area. This is a town that has always been known for low unemployment levels, although interestingly a recent thinktank (the Centre for Cities) identified this location as the place in Britain at the highest risk of widespread job losses due to the pandemic.
Maidstone is Kent’s largest town with a population of 155,000, whilst the larger borough has just over 170,000. Outside of this you have the Medway Towns that collectively homes around 280,000 with Medway’s key locations including Gillingham (108k) and Chatham (80k). Maidstone’s historic claim to fame was Edward Sharp & Sons that in its heyday was the world’s largest toffee manufacturer. This was back in 1933, with the company roots heading back to 1878. This company was sold on to Trebor and later acquired by Cadbury. It was a shame to see the end of Sharp’s toffee in the late 90s. The most recognisable local brand active today is the speaker manufacturer KEF who’ve operated since 1961.
Doorstep Loans in Maidstone, Kent, South East
To study Maidstone’s loan options we entered postcode searches across the range of ME14 and ME18. These searches went on to uncover 5 active sector lenders. The big 2 brands made their normal appearances in Loans at Home and Morses Club, but the others were small localised firms. These included Burdett Trading, Medcraft Finance and M H Finance. Of this trio only M H actually has a website and so they would be the only viable challenge to the major brands of this niche. We did for reference also explore the Medway Towns that also includes Rainham, Rochester and Strood, but there was no further companies popping up on any postcode queries.
Berkshire’s leading towns are closely matched for population. Slough however just edges it with 165,000 residents against Reading’s 162,000. We initially thought that Reading would be the clear frontrunner, but this is only the case when factoring Reading’s urban area that makes up around 337,000. Bracknell is the 3rd location of note at 85,000. The flagship town in focus put itself on the map with the Slough Trading Estate. This is pitched as Europe’s largest trading estate in single ownership and is the local base for such companies as Ferrari, Mars and O2. Whilst impressive, this town’s legacy tends to shift to Mr David Brent and his local (now demolished) Wernham Hogg branch, as depicted in The Office.
Doorstep Loans in Slough, Berkshire, South East
Since the famous Estate opened in 1920 workers have flocked to work here from across the globe. So much so that even the media have coined it as the “immigration town”. Locals and those that arrive certainly have good work ethics. This is evident from unemployment levels of 1.4% that is a third of the UK average of 4.5%. It was interesting to find out just how much coverage we’d see here when running postcode checks that were entered for SL1, SL2 & SL3. The results however unveiled just 4 lender options. This included the majors Loans at Home and Morses Club. Ealing Trading Company was another recognisable firm and they were joined by Blackwell Finance.