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    We specialise in providing asset finance and business
    loans for small to medium sized business'.
    With over 50 years experience in finance provision, our main
    objective is to find solutions for every client we work with
    and we're very happy with our ★★★★★ success rate.

Services and Products

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With the UK high street banks making it more difficult to arrange business asset finance, it has become extremely challenging
for SMEs to get financing for key areas of their operations. This is where Commercial and Asset Finance come in.
Collectively we have over 50 years’ experience in Asset Finance provision - We will find a solution.


Hire Purchase

This is the most common type of loan product we offer.Used to purchase items of plant, equipment, machinery and vehicles.
Loans are taken out over periods ranging from 12 months to 84 months. Monthly, quarterly, bi annual and annual payment
profiles are allowed. The full vat is always paid upfront although we do offer vat deferrals on certain deals.
The customer gains ownership of the asset at the end of the agreement once all payments and an option to purchase fee is paid.
The asset sits on the Balance sheet of the customer and the hire purchase interest charges are a cost in the profit and loss account.
Customers can use the super tax 130% allowances against any hire purchase agreements taken out in the current tax year.


Operating Lease

This product is common in the coach and transport industry.
The client rents an asset from the funder for an agreed period of time which is generally tied into a contract period.
The funder offers a low rental to the client by determining a future value of the asset which is incorporated in to
the agreement as a residual value payment. The client pays vat every month along with the monthly payments and can
claim these back. The asset is never owned by the customer and does not appear on the Balance Sheet.
At the end the customer can purchase the asset if they choose for the residual value agreed at the start.


Finance Lease

Unlike hire purchase, ownership never passes to the named Customer/Hirer on a lease agreement.
The customer effectively rents the asset for a predetermined period of time from the finance company.
At the end of this period the hirer traditionally has 3 options -
  1) Retain the use of the asset by paying a secondary period rental.
  2) Sell the goods to a third party on behalf of the finance company.
  3) Return the asset to the finance company.
Sale and Leaseback or (HP) Back If vehicles or equipment have been purchased outright by a customer using their
own cash flow it is possible to fund these assets either by Hire Purchase (England Only) or Lease provided the
transaction is completed within a maximum of 90 days of the goods being purchased.


Bridging Loans

These loans are short term up to a maximum of 18 months but generally taken out over 12 months.
Interest is charged on a monthly basis and added on to the loan amount borrowed. In some cases the customer may not have
to make any monthly payments and the amount charged is simply paid at the end with the loan.
Some companies may charge interest only payments for the period. These loans allow customers to purchase a site or property
quickly and gives them time to sort out a standard secured loan within the agreed period.
The value of the loan is based on a standard valuation and will be around 60% of market value.
The customer must have a reasonable exit strategy either by way of sale or financing.


Secured Loans/Mortgages

We are able to offer a range of loan products to allow companies to purchase commercial premises.
Loans are from £50k upwards and are secured against property. Terms range from 5 years to 25 years and the period is
based on the lenders affordability calculation. These loans are flexible and the customer can make over payments at
any time to reduce the balance owed. The maximum LTV (loan to value) available is 70% but lowers to 60% on deals over £1m.
Payments can be done on an interest only basis or capital and interest.


Unsecured Loans

We are able to offer unsecured loans up to £350k. Periods range from 12 months to 72 months.

These products are available to companies who have at least 3 years trading and are showing a positive trading position.

Loans of over £50k are reserved for companies who's directors are home owners.


Asset Finance

This is the most common type of loan product we offer. Used to purchase items of plant, equipment, machinery and vehicles.
Loans are taken out over periods ranging from 12 months to 84 months. Monthly, quarterly, bi annual and annual payment profiles are allowed.
The full vat is always paid upfront although we do offer vat deferrals on certain deals.
The customer gains ownership of the asset at the end of the agreement once all payments and an option to purchase fee is paid.
The asset sits on the Balance sheet of the customer and the hire purchase interest charges are a cost in the profit and loss account.
Customers can use the super tax 130% allowances against any hire purchase agreements taken out in the current tax year.


Stocking Loans

These loans are specifically geared up for companies who are looking to purchase stock to sell on.

This may be vehicles, or items of plant and machinery. Effectively a loan is offered to clients for
an agreed amount which allows them to buy stock. The loan is a revolving facility and interest is only
charged on the amount of the loan utilised. As units are sold these are replaced by new ones and this
continues on an ongoing basis. The credit limits agreed are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The security of the loan is attached to the items of stock.


VAT & TAX LOANS

Spread the cost of your Corporation Tax, Self-assessment, VAT and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Competitive Cost
• A fixed transaction fee is added to your finance amount and spread throughout your repayment term.

A Simple Application Process
• No hassle of complex application forms or supporting projections.

Additional Line of Credit
• A new unsecured credit line

Boost Cash Flow
• Preserve the cash available to invest in your business as additional working capital.

Spread the Cost
• Pay your tax, VAT and Professional Indemnity Insurance bills in manageable monthly instalments rather than
one lump sum with flexible repayment terms over 3, 6, 10 or 12 months to suit your budget.

For full information come and speak to one of our brokers.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

Let's start being positive

Case Studies

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Whilst the examples below are for vehicles and pieces of plant and machinery
Commercial & Asset assist in many different types of business.

A Laundry take delivery of specialised equipment - 120kg Washers - Loading, Ironing and Folding equipment for large sheets.
A Hotel Hospitality Management company take delivery of a couple of cars for getting their staff from city to city.
A Motorised Camera System on wheels for pipe inspection for a drainage /plumbing business.
A Router and Laser Scanner for a specialised printing company.
Medical Scanners , Ultrasound and X Ray equipment for a private medical company.
Skips for a construction and recycling business.

Caithness Farmer

A Caithness Farmer was looking to purchase a second hand Massey Ferguson Baler which he could purchase now having got a bit of money in after the harvest. He specifically wanted a long repayment period and seasonal payments so he could pay for it each year after the harvest. We set up annual payments in advance over 6 years which ticked all his boxes and he was delighted.

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Haulage Contractor - Western Scotland

We had a small Haulage Contractor in Western Scotland that ran 2 trucks but had gained approval from Vosa for an additional 2 trucks as they had won a new contract for civil engineering and tipping work from a quarry on a remote island in the West Coast of Scotland. He was wanting to buy a second hand tipper from a long established private company in the North of Scotland as they were wanting to sell their existing tipper privately whilst they waited for a new one. We were able to step in and help him - not only by sorting out the finance with the supplier being a Private company and not a recognised truck Dealer but we also deferred the Vat and let his business fund the truck over the 5 years that his contract was over. This worked in well with his cash flow requirements.

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Aberdeenshire Farmer

An Aberdeenshire farmer was spending too much money on expensive fertiliser but could actually be more efficient if he could spread pig manure straight into the ground. Modern slurry tankers were able to help him achieve this and fertilise his land however a new slurry tanker was a large investment in the present climate at £62,000. We were able to sort him out with a minimal deposit, defer his vat and spread the cost over 7 years which worked well into his cash flow. His accountant was also able to take advantage of the boosted 130% First year writing down allowances.

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Shetland Plant Hire Company

We as a Company boast that we do business all over the UK and that is true. I am currently working with a Shetland Plant Hire company buying a second hand digger again in a private sale situation from another Shetland company we currently deal with. Our customer is based in Shetland's most northernly island of Unst. This will undoubtedly be our most Northern customer but then again Unst is further north than Oslo in Norway !!!!

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Hampshire - New Holland Tractor

An Existing customer down in Hampshire was looking to buy a second hand New Holland Tractor at an Auction in Aberdeenshire. He has had to travel this far to find the right tractor at the right price. He heard about this "closed sale" from a contact of his as a farmer was selling up his farming business. We talked to our customer and got all the details to set up an Approval in advance so that he knew what he had to spend whilst bidding at the auction and when he secured the tractor as the winning bidder, we were able to put the finance in place immediately with no delays in the auction house getting payment and our customer was able to gain quick delivery of his purchase and put it to work quickly on its first job. With New and Used assets being very scarce just now our level of flexibility and ability to react quickly can assist customers who are perhaps looking to purchase in private sale situations or from Auction Houses. We of course handle finance where New and Used assets are being supplied by traditional Vehicle and Plant Dealers.

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Bank removed overdraft facility.

A customer called us in a panic after the bank gave them the devastating news that they were removing their overdraft facility with immediate effect. As many businesses do, they had utilised this facility for many years and had come to depend on it for ensuring cash flow was maintained. Removing their overdraft facility could have signalled the end for this long established family run business however the customer approached us for help and that is exactly what we did.
Via one of our lenders, we were able to complete an application, get an acceptance and more importantly have the money paid in to the customers bank within 7 working days. We secured enough money to enable the customer to pay off the overdraft facility without any impact on the business and give them a working capital boost.

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Customer gone out of business owing our customer money.

One of our very good customers contacted us in December to say they were given the devastating news that one of their large customers had gone out of business owing them in excess of £100k. Our customer was relying on this payment to enable them to pay staff their Christmas wage. This was the worst possible news our customer could have received but they contacted Commercial and Asset for help. We felt the best way forward was to refinance assets to raise money. Our customer owned a number of items of plant and machinery and had several others which had small finance balances due. We cleared these small balances off and did one new loan for the company secured against these items of plant and machinery. Importantly the deal was concluded very quickly and the money was in the bank within 5 working days and this enabled the wages to be paid as normal without any impact to the business.

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Young Business Looking to expand.

We were referred to a new customer who had only been trading for 12 months and was looking to purchase a number of vehicles and plant and machinery to help with business growth. The customer contacted Commercial and Asset after his bank had refused to lend them money as they classed their business as too young. Fortunately we know a number of funders who are happy to help young businesses grow. We were able to secure funding through several funders enabling the assets to be purchased and at the same time building the customers credit history. Building their credit history stood the company in good stead. They have grown over the last few years purchasing many additional items of plant and machinery all funded quickly and easily by Commercial and Asset's panel of lenders.

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A new client introduced to us by our dealer was diversifying and setting up a manufacturing facility producing windows and doors.
They contacted their bank and another local broker but got no response, just questions.
We got a straight acceptance for £250k and then a second lender did a second batch of machines for £300k.

We have since done several more deals for this customer.

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A client was buying a batch of equipment for a new production line. Although most of it was new the largest part which was
worth £75k was refurbished and 2002, so ( 19 years old)

We managed to fund the whole batch of machines over 3 years with a standard 10% deposit.

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To meet the new regulations one of our coach customers required a psvar vehicle.
They had an existing vehicle within the fleet which was ideal and decided to get a psvar conversion done. We were able
to provide the client with the funding to cover the cost of the conversion even though the vehicle already had some finance.

We fund Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations and 70 seat vehicle conversions.

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One of our new clients was bringing on board a new concrete batching plant facility at a total cost of £350k.
The bank would not support and another funder they had used in the past felt it was too large a deal.
We got it funded within 3 days and have since completed 2 further deals on plant for the customer.

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Live Case Example 1

One of our manufacturing clients had a £50k VAT bill to pay.
Cash was tight as they were waiting on a large customer payment coming through.
We funded the VAT bill for them, HMRC got paid direct our client repaid our lender over three months.

Another delighted customer.

Live Case Example 2

A transport customer had a large £100k VAT bill. They contacted HMRC regarding a "time to pay" arrangement
but they would only agree a £50k limit. The good news is that we were able to fund the remaining £50k by way of a VAT loan.

Our customer was delighted.


Don't forget we can also fund your corporation tax loan over 12 months.

Testimonials

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"Hi Alistair, we did indeed pick up our 8 wheel Tipper and it's out working. Thanks for all your assistance in
making everything so straightforward. We'd certainly be coming to you first after the
no hassle, efficient and helpful service you provided. Thanks again" Caitlin Mackenzie.
“Having dealt with many finance companies and brokers over the years, I am delighted to say that dealing with Blair and his team
at Commercial and Asset Finance is a joy. They are very knowledgeable about the coach industry and make things simple.
I recommend him to all clients who are looking to fund any coach purchases from myself. Mark - Managing Director of Yelloway Coaches.
"I have dealt with Blair for a number of years and his knowledge and understanding
of asset and business finance is undoubted.
He always gets the job done and my clients love dealing with him" Richard Connolly - Connolly Accountants.
"As a busy business person, I do not have time to answer lots of questions and chase things up.
Dealing with Blair and Laura at Commercial and Asset Finance is a joy. They get the job done in a quick and efficient manner
and have helped me build my business. Blair's advice in particular is always very useful" Peter Birch - Director of South West Engineering Limited.
“Laura, delighted with the speed in which you delivered. Particularly considering we are a relatively new company.
It has put a bit more wind in our sails and the machine is on site working away.
Here’s to many more.” regards, George. Bardem Limited.
“We have dealt with Blair and Commercial & Asset Finance Limited and cannot speak highly enough
about him and his business. We are for ever indebted to Blair as he was there for us in our
hour of need and got us cash when we needed it the most.” Finco Contracts Limited
“Thank you Blair and team for sourcing and securing finance for our business. Your knowledge and
service helped us progress as we intended, without the stress, giving us access to the best deal
for us and our circumstances. We are most grateful for your input and would recommend your service to others.”Suzanne Wilson – Director, Concrete Taxi Limited
“Our Company needed a very quick cash injection to cover payment of urgently required imports. We were introduced
to Commercial & Asset and were most impressed by the speed of service and efficiency of both Blair and Angela.
The transaction was completed with the minimum of red tape and we were able to complete our deliveries on time.” IM GLASGOW
“I am writing to thank you personally and of course the team at Commercial & Asset Finance for your help, support and
timely solution. It has been with your knowledge of the financial sector that we were able to complete the first
phase of our project on time and without any need on our part to get involved other than to decide what package suited us best.” Mark White - Production Director, Newview Homes Ltd

Current business sectors we're working with closely

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COACHES
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PLANT & MACHINERY
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LIVESTOCK
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MINIBUSES
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FARMING EQUIPMENT
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SCAFFOLDING
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GREENS EQUIPMENT
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ROAD SURFACING
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OUTDOOR FOOD TRUCKS
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café & RESTAURANT
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WOOD WORKING MACHINERY
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COMMERCIAL PREMISES
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OUR TEAM

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A great bunch of extremely talented and resourceful individuals,
the absolute best in the business, you ask them, they'll tell ya.

Frequently asked questions

There's no such thing as a stupid question - just ask.
It's style of thinking, a conscious and deliberate process, the science of insuring future success.
Ironically, this is what ends up separating entrepreneurs and go-getters from the stagnant and unfulfilled.

Every successful entrepreneur I know asks stupid questions.

The answer is yes as long as we can show the people behind it have experience and have good credit searches.
The answer is yes as long as we get the full story and the reasons behind the issues. Larger deposits may be required.
The good news is that we can act as the third party in all leases undertaken by our clients. This means we can pass ownership via invoice, with the payment of the agreed sale proceeds amount.

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Commercial and Asset Finance Ltd are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registered number: 729014)

Commercial and Asset Finance Ltd are registered in Scotland number SC334879

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