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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“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

“Mike and his team are like having your own finance department. I've called out of hours on occasions for advice, very helpful when you're on the move. Always keen on rates and made to fit in with the business. Thanks again Mike and his team.”

Dave Greenbank, Managing Director, Greenbank Crane Services

“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 am always grateful for the honest advice that I receive from Mike Robinson at Mulberry Asset Finance & his straightforward approach. It is refreshing to deal with a company that can communicate clearly & who genuinely wants to do the right thing for my business. I will definitely use Mulberry Asset Finance again & I highly recommend their services.”

Scott Burton, MD, Scott Burton Timber Harvesting

“Mulberry Asset Finance have helped significantly with the growth of our Artisan Bakery over the past six years. In the early stages when growth and access to finance is most difficult, they were able to help us acquire the equipment we needed. I am reassured that Mulberry Asset Finance will always get us the best deal without any fuss, allowing us to concentrate on the business and not have to worry about funding for new assets.”

Aidan Monks, Owner, Lovingly Artisan

“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

“I have used Mulberry Asset Finance for ten years. They provide an excellent service for my business and I can access finance to buy the various wagons, machinery and other equipment that I need to run my business. Finance is agreed and arranged within one week, I highly recommend Mulberry Asset Finance.”

Jimmy Dickinson, Director, J Dickinson Transport Ltd

“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
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