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A superstar opening for The Real Jerk UK

After the success of his brother’s chicken restaurant in Toronto, The Real Jerk, Rodney Campbell wanted to set up another venue in London. The prospect of catering equipment leasing, however, was closed off – until Johnson Reed showed the way through… The Real Jerk has, over the last 33 years, become the no.1 spot for Caribbean dining in Toronto. Music artist Drake catapulted the business to new heights when the …Read More

A colourful beginning for Kids About Tarn

Crafting a soft play centre that caters for everyone is no mean feat. Charlotte Gray from Kids About Tarn faced a substantial price tag to realise her vision… But with our help, she has opened to great acclaim, and looks set to keep that momentum rolling. Charlotte’s love for kids’ entertainment began at David Lloyd, where she managed activity clubs. After leaving DL Kids, Charlotte decided to apply her experience …Read More

Catering equipment leasing: 3 steps to success

Buying and replacing equipment is a huge financial burden for any hospitality business – whether it’s a fledgling one with limited funds, or a bigger brand looking to expand without jeopardising cash flow. Catering equipment leasing is a smart alternative to paying for this upfront, but it can be hard to get to grips with first time round. Want to save money on kitting out your catering business? Read on …Read More

Can leasing build a credit score for your business?

Credit scores can be just as frustrating for businesses as individuals. A poor credit score, or a lack of one in the first place, can be a thorn in the side of your plans to grow or invest. Johnson Reed have already written about how to keep your business credit score healthy, so you’re in a good position to make a finance application. But can leasing build a credit score? …Read More

What type of finance am I looking for?

Outsourcing finance for your business can be a daunting prospect – especially with the overwhelming range of products on the market. Whether your business is looking to purchase new assets, upgrade equipment or requires a cash injection for another purpose, Johnson Reed’s lease, loan and asset finance facilities provide a one-stop shop. Here’s the what/why/how breakdown and key features of each of our facilities…Read More

SME finance without the bank bother

According to the FSB Small Business Index (Q3 of 2017), there was a sharp decline in successful credit applications, with only 63% securing external finance. However, the report found that only 12% of businesses surveyed applied at all, suggesting a significant proportion of SMEs are staying away from external finance altogether. A lack of cash flow within the small business community results in less investment in growth, fewer job opportunities and fewer businesses making the transition from small to medium-sized. So why are small businesses so wary of using external funds to support their development?Read More

Start-up success for Derby’s Gym City

Offering a fusion between gymnasium, dance, circus and martial arts, Gym City champions ‘the new way to train’; providing a range of ‘unconventional’ fitness classes such as MMA, Muay Thai boxing and pole fitness. The gym is set to host the biggest range of state-of-the-art fitness equipment in any Derby gym to appeal to every member’s training preferences.Read More

Planning growth for 2018

Whether you’re in the new start stages of business, or an already-established or growing model, planning and preparation are essential to your success. Clearly defining goals and regularly reviewing your strategy help you remain focused and ensure every decision is made with your business’ growth in mind. Here are our top planning tips for a successful 2018.

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