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Who we are


At Johnson Reed, we help our clients to reach their extraordinary by making their investments reality. 


We are not a flash in the pan, we’re a highly experienced business finance company offering business loans, equipment leasing, asset finance and Quirky kit® solutions. We deal in a number of varied sectors, including CateringChip Shops, ConstructionGym and FitnessIT Finance, Medical, Software, to name a few.


Our head office is based in Stockport, South Manchester and we have clients all across the UK.

 


Our approach is common sense decision-making, person-to-person, business-to-business. In fact, 95% of our underwriting is manual, informed by our high-tech IT systems and an experienced, reliable team. It’s the best of both worlds. You get the best deals, quickly and efficiently, whilst maintaining your credit rating.

Mark Johnson,
Managing Director, Johnson Reed

Who we are

 

At Johnson Reed, we help our clients to reach their extraordinary by making their investments reality.

We are not a flash in the pan, we’re a highly experienced business finance company offering business loans, equipment leasing, asset finance and Quirky kit® solutions. We deal in a number of varied sectors, including CateringChip Shops, ConstructionGym and FitnessIT Finance, Medical, Software, to name a few.

Our head office is based in Stockport, South Manchester and we have clients all across the UK.

 

 

Our approach is common sense decision-making, person-to-person, business-to-business. In fact, 95% of our underwriting is manual, informed by our high-tech IT systems and an experienced, reliable team. It’s the best of both worlds. You get the best deals, quickly and efficiently, whilst maintaining our credit rating.

Mark Johnson,
Managing Director, Johnson Reed

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Meet our team

Meet the team

Mark Johnson
Managing Director

Johnson Reed’s driving dynamic, Mark has over 20 years’ experience within the finance and leasing industry. He created our trademark Quirky Kit® Finance to help businesses source funding for the equipment that traditional banks often neglect. His expertise crosses a range of sectors; there aren’t many he hasn’t come across before, so you’re in safe hands. Outside of the office, or when Mark isn’t chasing his two daughters around, he is an avid gym-goer and dabbles in the occasional triathlon. However, his healthy lifestyle is often forgotten when visiting clients in the hospitality and catering sector!

Meet the team

Carol Seery
Operations Director

Carol is part of the furniture! Originally employed by Mark Johnson’s father, she’s been a member of the ‘Johnson family’ for 30 years. As Johnson Reed’s Operations Director, she’s involved in most things across the company, ensuring the office runs smoothly and the team are in check. You wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Carol loves trips around the world, but you might be surprised to hear she’s had a few scary moments. With a tendency to keep her holidays ‘interesting’, Carol has had to be rescued a few times including from a zip wire over a ravine in Alaska and a fast-flowing river whilst kayaking in Mexico.

Meet the team

Jamie Collier
Director

Jamie is our self-confessed numbers geek. Sporting a degree from The University of Bath, he fell into the finance industry with a stint at Lloyds Bank before sliding into the leasing game when Johnson Reed were a trim team back in 2005. He now heads up our excellent sales team and specialises in complex agreements and building bespoke sales programmes for key partners who manufacture and sell equipment in the UK. He combats the intensity of the finance world with his love of football, climbing and snowboarding.

Meet the team

Adrian Barratt
Senior Account Manager

Adrian worked in the finance department of a logistics company before making the transition into the wonderful world of asset finance 13 years ago. He’s become a fountain of knowledge for all things finance and leasing. His home life is a heady mixture of food and drink, travel and DIY. Unfortunately for Adrian, he’s the type of person where mishaps always seem to follow him around.

Meet the team

Ian Gage
Leasing Manager

After Ian’s incredibly prosperous football career came to an end, he had to resort to his second dream career, and entered the leasing game with the team at Johnson Reed. Ian and Sim make up the troublesome duo that represent Johnson Reed at many catering events and conferences across the country. Although donning a tuxedo is a rare occurrence for Ian, several rumours have been circulating around the office that he could be the next Bond…

Meet the team

James Wells
Sales Manager

James graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Law and Criminology before venturing into the world of asset and vehicle finance. He is a lively, friendly and energetic individual…after his third Red Bull of the morning, obviously. A book of knowledge in the office, especially when it comes to Fit Outs there is not much James doesn’t know about leasing. His remaining energy is poured into his wife and 2 kids and he likes to relieve his stress through a cricket bat during the summer months.

Meet the team

Simeon Duffy
Sales Manager

Before joining us at Johnson Reed, Sim had an Economics degree, and 3 years in business development under his belt. Fuelled by a diet consisting mostly of chips, peas and gravy, he’s an enthusiastic and valuable addition to the sales team. You’ll find him at the weekend enjoying a few bevvies in the pub supporting Manchester United or playing darts. According to Sim, he’s funnier than Andy!

Meet the team

Lorraine Salins
Administration Manager

Lorraine is the lovely lady that keeps everything ticking along nicely from a first point of enquiry through to end of lease. Having previously worked as a butcher, nurse, carer and in ice cream vans, chippys and pubs (to name just a few!) she has an invaluable insight into many of the sectors we operate in, and really understands each business’ needs. Lorraine winds down in the evenings with her fitness fix, Zumba.

Meet the team

Ashlea Dutton
Accounts Administrator

Ashlea is an accounting whizz. She’s always worked with numbers in various accounting roles and she looks after our in-house lending accounts. Beware though, if you don’t pay she’ll hunt you down until you do! She loves nothing more than taking her best mate, 4-legged friend ‘Rolo’ for long walks. She’s also part of the Johnson Reed ‘banter bus’ with Sim and Andy.

Meet the team

Cath Hope
Office Manager

Cath decided that after a 20-year career in importing, actually finance was her bag. She enjoys supporting and helping all members of the team. Her job at home isn’t too dissimilar as she has 2 teenage daughters to look after! At the weekend’s relaxation is key for Cath. You’ll find her reading a book or on a long country walk (especially the type that end in a pub).

Meet the team

Andy Cooper
Internal Executive

Our resident magician, Andy has been practicing magic for 20 years! You might have seen Andy doing card tricks at some exhibitions we’ve attended. He’s had a varied career and has done everything from knocking on doors to inbound and outbound calls. Alongside magic, he also deals with our accounts and suppliers and looks after internal liaison with current customers.

Meet the team

Alex Deacon
Administrator

Probably your first point of contact when you get in touch with Johnson Reed, Alex is a bubbly, friendly individual that will handle all of your enquiries with a smile. She tackles most of the day-to-day admin, collaborating with account managers to ensure that all important paperwork is in check. Woe betide anyone who fails to sign next to the red dot! Alex is a new mum and enjoys spending time looking after her baby.

Our clients

If you’re just starting out or an established business that is looking to improve and expand. We are here to help you!

Whether it’s short-term cash you need to help fund a VAT return over three months, or you’re embarking on strategic expansion which requires a longer-term cash flow loan, Johnson Reed has the solution for you.

Our heritage

Johnson Reed was founded in 1999 by our Managing Director Mark Johnson. Since then over 3,700 business owners have put their trust in us. We’re proud that 30% of all clients have needed finance for a start-up or developing business and that we’ve helped them to prosper and create new opportunities. It’s incredibly satisfying to see our clients able to achieve their goals, when so often funding isn’t available through banks.

Every business is different. So too is their journey. Along the way, business and equipment finance needs will almost certainly change. We’re experienced in helping all types of businesses, from small to large and provide the right solutions at the right time to help our clients reach their goals.

Our money


Trusted by banks and lending institutions all over the globe, Johnson Reed checks the market to ensure the best rates and service for our clients.

We deal with over 40 UK and international lenders. We also work with many boutique lenders to help secure your ‘quirky deals’ (when so often banks will say no). We believe in our clients – that’s why at Johnson Reed we also lend over £3 million per year of our own funds to the UK market.

Our people


We get a real buzz from helping clients to achieve their goals. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning! You’ll find us enthusiastic and passionate about what we do, always aiming to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Wherever you are on your business journey, our team of experienced professionals are on your side when it comes to finance applications. So give us a call and see how we can help you.

hide
Meet our team

Meet the team

Mark Johnson
Managing Director

Johnson Reed’s driving dynamic, Mark has over 20 years’ experience within the finance and leasing industry. He created our trademark Quirky Kit® Finance to help businesses source funding for the equipment that traditional banks often neglect. His expertise crosses a range of sectors; there aren’t many he hasn’t come across before, so you’re in safe hands. Outside of the office, or when Mark isn’t chasing his two daughters around, he is an avid gym-goer and dabbles in the occasional triathlon. However, his healthy lifestyle is often forgotten when visiting clients in the hospitality and catering sector!

Meet the team

Carol Seery
Operations Director

Carol is part of the furniture! Originally employed by Mark Johnson’s father, she’s been a member of the ‘Johnson family’ for 30 years. As Johnson Reed’s Operations Director, she’s involved in most things across the company, ensuring the office runs smoothly and the team are in check. You wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Carol loves trips around the world, but you might be surprised to hear she’s had a few scary moments. With a tendency to keep her holidays ‘interesting’, Carol has had to be rescued a few times including from a zip wire over a ravine in Alaska and a fast-flowing river whilst kayaking in Mexico.

Meet the team

Jamie Collier
Director

Jamie is our self-confessed numbers geek. Sporting a degree from The University of Bath, he fell into the finance industry with a stint at Lloyds Bank before sliding into the leasing game when Johnson Reed were a trim team back in 2005. He now heads up our excellent sales team and specialises in complex agreements and building bespoke sales programmes for key partners who manufacture and sell equipment in the UK. He combats the intensity of the finance world with his love of football, climbing and snowboarding.

Meet the team

Adrian Barratt
Senior Account Manager

Adrian worked in the finance department of a logistics company before making the transition into the wonderful world of asset finance 13 years ago. He’s become a fountain of knowledge for all things finance and leasing. His home life is a heady mixture of food and drink, travel and DIY. Unfortunately for Adrian, he’s the type of person where mishaps always seem to follow him around.

Meet the team

Ian Gage
Leasing Manager

After Ian’s incredibly prosperous football career came to an end, he had to resort to his second dream career, and entered the leasing game with the team at Johnson Reed. Ian and Sim make up the troublesome duo that represent Johnson Reed at many catering events and conferences across the country. Although donning a tuxedo is a rare occurrence for Ian, several rumours have been circulating around the office that he could be the next Bond…

Meet the team

James Wells
Sales Manager

James graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Law and Criminology before venturing into the world of asset and vehicle finance. He is a lively, friendly and energetic individual…after his third Red Bull of the morning, obviously. A book of knowledge in the office, especially when it comes to Fit Outs there is not much James doesn’t know about leasing. His remaining energy is poured into his wife and 2 kids and he likes to relieve his stress through a cricket bat during the summer months.

Meet the team

Simeon Duffy
Sales Manager

Before joining us at Johnson Reed, Sim had an Economics degree, and 3 years in business development under his belt. Fuelled by a diet consisting mostly of chips, peas and gravy, he’s an enthusiastic and valuable addition to the sales team. You’ll find him at the weekend enjoying a few bevvies in the pub supporting Manchester United or playing darts. According to Sim, he’s funnier than Andy!

Meet the team

Lorraine Salins
Administration Manager

Lorraine is the lovely lady that keeps everything ticking along nicely from a first point of enquiry through to end of lease. Having previously worked as a butcher, nurse, carer and in ice cream vans, chippys and pubs (to name just a few!) she has an invaluable insight into many of the sectors we operate in, and really understands each business’ needs. Lorraine winds down in the evenings with her fitness fix, Zumba.

Meet the team

Ashlea Dutton
Accounts Administrator

Ashlea is an accounting whizz. She’s always worked with numbers in various accounting roles and she looks after our in-house lending accounts. Beware though, if you don’t pay she’ll hunt you down until you do! She loves nothing more than taking her best mate, 4-legged friend ‘Rolo’ for long walks. She’s also part of the Johnson Reed ‘banter bus’ with Sim and Andy.

Meet the team

Cath Hope
Office Manager

Cath decided that after a 20-year career in importing, actually finance was her bag. She enjoys supporting and helping all members of the team. Her job at home isn’t too dissimilar as she has 2 teenage daughters to look after! At the weekend’s relaxation is key for Cath. You’ll find her reading a book or on a long country walk (especially the type that end in a pub).

Meet the team

Andy Cooper
Internal Executive

Our resident magician, Andy has been practicing magic for 20 years! You might have seen Andy doing card tricks at some exhibitions we’ve attended. He’s had a varied career and has done everything from knocking on doors to inbound and outbound calls. Alongside magic, he also deals with our accounts and suppliers and looks after internal liaison with current customers.

Meet the team

Alex Deacon
Administrator

Probably your first point of contact when you get in touch with Johnson Reed, Alex is a bubbly, friendly individual that will handle all of your enquiries with a smile. She tackles most of the day-to-day admin, collaborating with account managers to ensure that all important paperwork is in check. Woe betide anyone who fails to sign next to the red dot! Alex is a new mum and enjoys spending time looking after her baby.

Our clients

If you’re just starting out or an established business that is looking to improve and expand. We are here to help you!

Whether it’s short-term cash you need to help fund a VAT return over three months, or you’re embarking on strategic expansion which requires a longer-term cash flow loan, Johnson Reed has the solution for you.

Our heritage

Johnson Reed was founded in 1999 by our Managing Director Mark Johnson. Since then over 3,700 business owners have put their trust in us. We’re proud that 30% of all clients have needed finance for a start-up or developing business and that we’ve helped them to prosper and create new opportunities. It’s incredibly satisfying to see our clients able to achieve their goals, when so often funding isn’t available through banks.

Every business is different. So too is their journey. Along the way, business and equipment finance needs will almost certainly change. We’re experienced in helping all types of businesses, from small to large and provide the right solutions at the right time to help our clients reach their goals.

Our money


Trusted by banks and lending institutions all over the globe, Johnson Reed checks the market to ensure the best rates and service for our clients.

We deal with over 40 UK and international lenders. We also work with many boutique lenders to help secure your ‘quirky deals’ (when so often banks will say no). We believe in our clients – that’s why at Johnson Reed we also lend over £3 million per year of our own funds to the UK market.

Our people


We get a real buzz from helping clients to achieve their goals. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning! You’ll find us enthusiastic and passionate about what we do, always aiming to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Wherever you are on your business journey, our team of experienced professionals are on your side when it comes to finance applications. So give us a call and see how we can help you.

We are members of the NACFB (National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers).

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