Mike's Musings

Mike Robinson provides his thoughts on all things business and asset finance

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It’s not news to anyone when I say that we are in uncertain and somewhat frustrating times; business owners are understandably cautious about the future. Nonetheless, Mulberry are successfully supporting businesses that want and need to make important investments, and it’s actually a very good time for businesses to do so. 

If there’s any silver lining to the current political ‘climate’ (I made a promise to myself not to mention the ‘B’ word) it’s that our panel of finance companies are currently offering very attractive, low finance rates, that our customers are using to their advantage. 

We have been working with some fantastic businesses, supporting them in accessing business finance for investment in equipment, supporting cash flow and expansion projects. Attitudes among our clients is very much ‘business as usual’, and I’m often flawed by the tenacity that I see first-hand. It’s a real inspiration and a privilege to be a part of their growth! 

Which brings me to our own growth... 

Inspired by the many businesses that Mulberry has supported, we took on our own growth project and created a new look Mulberry with the team at Hotfoot Design. The experts at Hotfoot really took the time to listen to our brief and turn our brand into something that truly reflects the essence of Mulberry, their attention to detail is second-to-none and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking to do a similar project. 

During the same period, we also welcomed some new members to the team: Rebecca Braithwaite, Sarah Edwards, and Amelia Threlfall. Rebecca and Amelia are leading Mulberry Farming by supporting farms and agricultural businesses access specialist business finance. Sarah is heading up Mulberry Leisure, our specialist division for businesses within hospitality and recreation, and she is already making her mark at Cumbrian networking events. 

Mulberry were also delighted to have Hannah with us on a work experience placement, adding real value to our team. Speaking of our team members, I’d also like to thank and congratulate Fiona who has been with Mulberry for seven years this month! 

Overall, we have seen significant changes at Mulberry during the last six months, and as a small business owner myself, I completely understand the issues that others face when deciding whether to invest in their own businesses. Yes, there were reasons that we could have held back from making investments or taking on new staff given ‘the climate', but here at Mulberry we have chosen to embrace our own customers attitude, and it is very much ‘business as usual’ for us too.

Best wishes,

Mike

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“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

“I was very pleased I chose Mulberry Asset Finance to work with on my new poultry business. The whole deal was arranged quickly and, most importantly for me, they did exactly what they said they would do and on time. It is very satisfying to work with people who give you a good deal and who you can rely on.”

Jennifer Bain, Owner, J Bain Farming

“A & H CARLISLE LTD have used Mulberry Asset Finance since 2012 and I can’t speak highly enough of Mike and his team, they have helped our business grow and their knowledge of a customer needs is impressive. They are always competitive and quick to react to our needs. I wish Mulberry Asset Finance continued success and hope to do business together for many years to come.”

Alan Falder, Managing Director, A & H Carlisle Ltd

“We have used Mulberry asset finance on a couple of occasions as we continue to invest in processing equipment for our company, we have always been more than happy with the service provided by Mike and the team. The process is always hassle free and Mike is always in contact throughout. We will definitely be using Mulberry again in the future.”

James Hill, Director, Enviro-metals Lancaster 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

“As a company we have been dealing with Mulberry Asset Finance for the past 10 years. We have found them to be so easy to deal with, they make things so simple and effortless, leaving us to concentrate on the day to day running of our business. Their help and advice have been instrumental in our growth and development of the business. Long may it continue!”

Mike Cooke, Managing Director, Breed Clean Ltd

“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

“We have worked with Mike and his team at Mulberry Asset finance for over 5 years. During this time, they have provided us with the specialist finance which has allowed us to develop and expand our Free Range Egg Production and Egg Packing business. Our recent investment in additional packing equipment has seen our Through Put ability increase and as a result, has helped our business increase its turnover by over 30%. Mike and his team are always keen to understand our business requirements and have a professional, straightforward approach which makes the whole process an efficient, cost effective source of finance. I would strongly recommend Mulberry Asset Finance’s service.”

Paul Arthur, Owner, P.S. Poultry
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