What is Asset Finance?

What is asset finance?

Most businesses rely on some kind of equipment to succeed, whether it’s vehicles, computers, machinery or something else. Asset Finance is a type of business finance that helps people to acquire such assets without having to pay for the total cost of the item upfront. Using asset finance can benefit business cash-flow, because cash remains in the business, instead of losing it all in a purchase.

The process of asset finance is straightforward. The selected finance company will pay the supplier of the asset upfront, so you can obtain the asset straight away. Then you simply pay the monthly repayment to the finance company over the agreed period.


Who owns the asset?

The  two main types of asset finance are: Lease Finance and Hire Purchase.

Lease Finance is where you pay a series of installments to the selected finance company in order to use the asset. At the end of the agreed period you would not legally own the item, however, there are usually options to continue to rent the asset or purchase. Lease financing typically demands a lower up-front deposit and/or lower monthly installments compared to Hire Purchase. Items such as computer equipment and kitchen equipment are financed in this way.

 

Hire Purchase is generally used when a business would like to ultimately own the asset outright. A deposit of around 10% is typically expected and the remaining cost of the item is spread into manageable monthly payments. At the end of the agreement you have the option to purchase the asset outright, for a small nominal payment.

The ‘asset’ in an asset finance agreement acts as security for the funder and is theirs until the completion of the arrangement and any final fees for the asset has been paid.


Businesses can also use another type of Asset Finance to release the cash that’s tied up in the assets that they already own, this is called Refinance.

Using Refinance is a way of releasing capital that is already tied up in existing business assets. The money released from such assets can be used for a range of purposes, such as, boosting cashflow or raising the cash for a deposits and large bills.

If you have existing assets that you already own outright, then refinance is a way to raise flexible cash for your business.

 

What if the asset is second-hand?

With so many online platforms selling used equipment, it is really common to want to buy something second-hand. We regularly find finance for second-hand equipment, vehicles and machinery.

 

How quickly can I obtain Asset Finance?

We make sure everything is done properly, and the time scales are dependent on your circumstances and how long it takes to get all the necessary paperwork. However, when everything has been quickly made available to us, we have been able to arrange asset finance within one week.


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Alternative finance solutions such as Asset Finance is becoming increasingly popular for businesses in the UK. We support businesses across all industries access flexible finance for a wide range of business assets and growth. Contact one of our friendly team to discuss what options may be available to your business. 

“I have used Mulberry Asset Finance several times for the Hire Purchase of coaches. I have always found their speed of operation and personal attention very satisfactory and I would not hesitate to use them again in the future.”

Barry Pickthall (JB Pickthall Coach Operator)

“D. Cain & Sons have had the pleasure in dealing with Mulberry Asset Finance for the past 10 years. We as a company have built a great relationship with Mike Robinson at Mulberry Asset Finance. Mike always goes above and beyond to provide his customers with an incredible service. D.Cain & Son would recommend Mulberry Asset Finance for all your financial enquiries.”

Darren Cain, MD, D Cain & Sons Ltd

“Dundee Tyres Ltd is a tyre recycling company based in Carlisle, we needed a new machine to continue our expansion and Mike Robinson from Mulberry Asset Finance was on hand to assist. Our needs were specific and complex as the machine was sourced from overseas and was bespoke to our needs. The purchase went smoothly, and I would not hesitate in recommending Mulberry Asset Finance to any other Cumbrian Businesses.”

Simon Pluckrose, Managing Director, Dundee Tyres Ltd

“The first person I call when I need to buy new plant is Mulberry Asset Finance. I have been working with them throughout the development of Hawkshead Brewery and have learned that they are the only call I need to make because Mulberry always delivers, with the best rates and the minimum of fuss.”

Alex Brodie - Managing Director Hawkshead Brewery Ltd

“Mulberry Asset Finance have looked after my business loan and finance requirements for quite a few years now - and I trust them implicitly to find me the best deal they can, in the shortest time and with the least amount of hassle to myself. We've financed whole pub refurbishments through to small kitchen equipment and many things in between. There has never been a hitch or a delay and everything is conducted with the utmost professionalism and with a genuine interest in my business. I really can't recommend Mulberry Asset Finance highly enough... ”

Paul Spencer, MD, The Plough Inn at Lupton

“The service provided by Mike was exceptional in terms of turnaround time, attention to detail and level of communication throughout the transaction. The consequence of this high level of service is that I approached only Mike and no other supplier to organise funding for my latest capital purchase, which again was handled impeccably.”

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“I had a coffee coaster with Mulberry Asset Finance on and decided to get a quote from them along with two others. They responded immediately with a quote. They gave a personal touch, whilst remaining competitive and efficient. I have now used them twice and found them a delight to deal with.”

Dale Benbow, Benbows Bros. Timber

“We have been dealing with Mulberry Asset Finance for over 10 years and have always found them to be efficient, courteous, professional and above all very pleasant to deal with. On top of that, they have always enabled us to obtain the type of finance deal that we have been seeking whether it be for capital investment or vehicle purchase.”

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