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A UK independent asset finance broker with access to all products in the market

Online since 2004, we're a name that you can trust

The navigation buttons on the left show you which products are available for business users and which are available for individuals.

The contact form to request free advice and a no obligation quote is at the bottom of this page.

All quotations for asset finance are provided to you free of charge and on a no-obligation basis - there is no pressure, make your decision in your own time.

Why use a broker for your asset finance?

Our independent broker works with a large panel of asset finance lenders in order to find the best product for your needs at market-leading rates. They offer:-

  • No broker fees
  • No upfront fees
  • Expert broker service
  • Market leading rates
  • Terms in under 4 hours of contacting you and understanding your requirements

Locations

We fund businesses all over the UK, with no geographical bias.

We currently serve the following UK post code areas (for example AB - Aberdeen means all areas in and around Aberdeen whose postcode starts with AB) :-

AB - Aberdeen, AL - St Albans, BA - Bath, BB - Blackburn, B - Birmingham, BD - Bradford, BH - Bournemouth, BL - Bolton, BN - Brighton, BR - Bromley, BS - Bristol, BT - Belfast, CA - Carlisle, CB - Cambridge, CF - Cardiff, CH - Chester, CM - Chelmsford, CO - Colchester, CR - Croydon, CT - Canterbury, CV - Coventry, CW - Crewe, DA - Dartford, DD - Dundee, DE - Derby, DG - Dumfries, DH - Durham, DL - Darlington, DN - Doncaster, DT - Dorchester, DY - Dudley, EC - London, EH - Edinburgh, E - London, EN - Enfield, EX - Exeter, FK - Falkirk, FY - Blackpool, G - Glasgow, GL - Gloucester, GU - Guildford, GY - Guernsey, HA - Harrow, HD - Huddersfield, HG - Harrogate, HP - Hemel Hempstead, HR - Hereford, HS - Western Isles, HU - Hull, HX - Halifax, IG - Ilford, M - Isle of Man, IP - Ipswich, IV - Inverness, JE - Jersey, KA - Kilmarnock, KT - Kingston Upon Thames, KW - Kirkwall, KY - Kirkcaldy, LA - Lancaster, LD - Llandrindod Wells, LE - Leicester, L - Liverpool, LL - Llandudno, LN - Lincoln, LS - Leeds, LU - Luton, ME - Medway, MK - Milton Keynes, ML - Motherwell, M - Manchester, NE - Newcastle, NG - Nottingham, N - London, NN - Northampton, NP - Newport, NR - Norwich, NW - London, OL - Oldham, OX - Oxford, PA - Paisley, PE - Peterborough, PH - Perth, PL - Plymouth, PO - Portsmouth, PR - Preston, RG - Reading, RH - Redhill, RM - Romford, SA - Swansea, SE - London, SG - Stevenage, SK - Stockport, SL - Slough, SM - Sutton, SN - Swindon, SO - Southampton, SP - Salisbury, SR - Sunderland, S - Sheffield, SS - Southend - On - Sea, ST - Stoke - On - Trent, SW - London, SY - Shrewsbury, TA - Taunton, TD - Galashiels, TF - Telford, TN - Tonbridge, TQ - Torquay, TR - Truro, TS - Cleveland, TW - Twickenham, UB - Uxbridge, WA - Warrington, WC - London, WD - Watford, WF - Wakefield, W - London, WN - Wigan, WR - Worcester, WS - Walsall, WV - Wolverhampton, YO - York, ZE - Lerwick.

What is Asset or Equipment Finance

Asset finance is a type of business funding which is used to purchase or refinance the assets of a business. Acceptable assets can be classed as ‘hard’ or ‘soft’. 

If you’re looking to invest in your business, for example, the purchase of new equipment, asset finance can help to release the money you need. Asset financing can be used for two purposes:

  • Raising capital against existing assets
  • Funding to purchase new assets

Hard assets

Hard assets is the name given to equipment with an easily defined value. Hard Assets act as reliable security for finance companies because they provide a significant amount of security in their sizable and continuing value even at the end of their usable life. In particular hard assets that are revenue producing can retain significant value for long periods (i.e. manufacturing equipment).

Some examples of hard assets are:-

  • Agricultural and forestry equipment (tractors, ploughs etc)
  • Aircraft
  • Boats
  • Buses and coaches
  • Cars, vans and commercial vehicles
  • CNC controls for machine lines
  • Construction plant (cranes etc)
  • Construction vehicles
  • Engineering equipment
  • Haulage vehicles
  • Light goods vehicles
  • Manufacturing equipment
  • Mining equipment
  • Printing presses, guillotines and finishing equipment
  • Production and plant equipment
  • Recycling processors

Soft Assets

Soft assets - Soft assets are assets with little or no second-hand value when they come to the end of their usable life (the end of the leasing period).

Some examples of soft assets are :-

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Audio Visual and IT hardware and electronics
  • Catering equipment
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Electronic point of sale (EPOS) systems
  • Factory equipment
  • Gym equipment
  • Hotel furniture
  • IT hardware (computers etc)
  • IT Software packages
  • Medical devices
  • Office furniture & equipment
  • Security systems (including CCTV)

What types of assets can be funded?

Some  examples of equipment which can be fund via asset finance include (this is not a definitive list, if in doubt please use the contact form to ask our advisor if what you want can be funded) :-

  • Air Conditioning
  • Amusement & Gaming
  • Audio Visual
  • Barware
  • Beauty Equipment
  • Beverage
  • Buffet Display
  • Cooking
  • Epos & Cash Handling
  • Fabrication & Storage
  • Food Handling
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Service
  • Furniture, Fixtures & Fittings
  • Gym Equipment
  • Information Technology
  • Laundry
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration Refurbishments
  • Security Systems
  • Soft Play
  • Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Vending
  • Waste Management

Types Of Asset Finance

There are 4 types of asset finance :-

Hire Purchase

Hire Purchase (or lease purchase) allows you to spread the cost of your asset over a longer period. Repayments are regular, and you have the option of buying the item at the end of the agreement.

Hire purchase can be beneficial to a business as it negates the need to pay out a lump sum for the purchase of an item. In addition, these agreements tend to benefit from fixed monthly repayments. This can make forecasting financials much more straightforward.

During the contract, you are generally responsible for maintenance costs for the asset. The likely costs of maintenance should be considered on top of the monthly repayments.

Finance Lease

A finance lease is designed to give business owners the option of borrowing an asset for the majority of its predicted life, rather than purchasing it outright. This can be beneficial to cash flow because new equipment does not have to be paid for upfront.

Since it is rented rather than bought, it never appears on your balance sheet and the rental payments can be offset against profit and VAT.

Operating Lease

An operating lease, also known as contract hire, is the most well-known form of leasing. In simple terms, an operating lease is a rental agreement for an item, for a pre-agreed term.

Asset Refinance

Asset refinance is used to release capital from assets back into the business and is designed to aid cash flow. This allows a business owner to sell their asset to the provider before leasing it back on agreed monthly payments, it is ideal for use with hard assets.

The capital released not only provides a boost to the bank balance, but the company still benefit from the use of the asset.

Bad Credit Asset Finance

If you or your business has previously suffered adverse credit, many lenders will be unwilling to lend to you. Although this can seem like a dead end, there are a number of lenders who are happy to help which can be accessed by brokers who can usually arrange funding quickly.

The strength of the asset will play a large role in deciding the rate offered, hard assets with a long life span will be favoured by lenders to get a decent rate.

Criteria

The full criteria for funding asset finance applications can vary between lenders. Although each lender will have their own individual preferences, this is designed to give you an overview of the applications which can be funded.

If your application does not fit the criteria laid out here, please speak to one of our advisors  and they will be able to look for a bespoke funding package for you.

Loan Sizes

Facilities are available from £10,000 – with no maximum.

Terms

Facilities are available for up to 10 years.

Credit History

We can fund applicants with any credit history status. Applications with adverse credit are considered on a case by case basis.

Loan Purpose

Any acquisition or refinance of business assets considered.

Acceptable Borrowers

We are happy to fund the following:

Sole traders

Limited companies

Partnerships

LLPs

Industries Funded

We will consider applications from any industry, if you cannot see your industry listed on our home page or in the list below, please contact us and ask, it is likely that we can help! :-

Agriculture

Aviation

Construction

Engineering

Manufacturing

Marine

Packaging

Plastics

Print

Recycling and waste management

Renewable energy

Transport and logistics

The Application Process

  1. Please complete the form below. One of our asset finance experts will then do a short “fact find” over the phone to understand your requirements so that they can advise you on the suitability of this type of finance and provide you with the related costs and advantages and disadvantages of suitable products.
  2. We work with our lenders to produce the best possible terms for your business.
  3. We will then issue the terms directly to you by email and will follow up to discuss them over the phone.
  4. Once you’re happy with the product offered, we will move forward to submission of the application.
  5. The lender will then formally assess the application and will look to agree the application.
  6. The agreement can then be finalised, the asset purchased and you can enjoy use of the equipment, without a large lump sum outlay.
  7. Once submitted, we will manage your application through to a timely completion, making the process simple and saving you time.

We offer rapid decisions in principle – often within four hours – and our asset finance team are available to answer any questions that may arise.

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