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Rumba raise a glass to good lending

When Martin’s business began to outgrow its old premises in Congleton, we were able to deliver freedom for future investment. But Rumba, a high-end café and bar brand, had so much more to offer as we uncovered its full potential… Rum specialists are hard to come by. Martin Holmes and his team, however, had been delivering exceptional measures, coffees and cocktails for several years. One drink at a time, their …Read More

New growth for SS Skincare

Few technologies are more in demand than laser hair treatment. SS Skincare’s clinics were doing well, yet needed a larger arsenal to keep up with the increase in demand in the North West. Enter Johnson Reed, as a smarter form of finance… SS Skincare, a skin treatment centre, has been running in Manchester since 2016. In 2018, its owner realised something was changing in the industry – laser application was …Read More

A shot of success for di Bosco Horbury

From humble beginnings to one of West Yorkshire’s best coffee and champagne spots, di Bosco is more than 150 years in the making. Peter Hunter had big ideas for his Horbury bar. We were glad to help him on a journey to a refined artisanal business… The di Bosco brand has its origins in a figure from Catholic history – St. John Bosco, known for his benevolent work around Europe, …Read More

Is poor gym equipment limiting your business potential?

There’s more than one sort of weight to bear as a gym owner. Maintenance or fit-out costs, scheduling, training new staff members… There’s a lot to think about. We can comfortably place gym equipment in there too – it’s among the main reasons why clients get a membership after all. According to a 2015 ukactive report, 39.9% of gymgoers said it was a ‘leading factor in their continued attendance.’ Amplifying …Read More

Pumped up finance with Kiss Fitness Centre

Chris and his brother Steven had dreams of their own standard-bearing fitness centre for many years. Fulfilling them, though, took commitment and courage – something that Johnson Reed also gave to their funding model. The brothers always had a keen interest in physical activity. They played rugby league from the age of eight, until bodybuilding took over their free time. Together, they went from strength to strength, gaining employment in …Read More

Growing a fleet: how a vehicle lease works

You may rely on cars, vans, trucks or motorcycles to carry out your daily operation, but we know that acquiring them can be harder than it seems. Total purchase costs are high. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a startup or a more established business with extensive growth ahead, all can come up against a roadblock when it comes to financing vehicles. And buying them outright may not be the smartest …Read More

How to finance payroll to reach your extraordinary sooner

Being able to pay your employees each month, without fail, is imperative to business success. The payroll must be kept on track throughout the year; something that many SMEs, family businesses and growing enterprises struggle with now and then. Many more companies find this monthly expenditure holds them back from moving on to that next crucial stage of growth – but aren’t aware there’s a simple solution. How to finance …Read More

The benefits of forward-thinking investments for your catering business

Foresight is key to any business, but for those in the fast-paced catering and hospitality sector – where consumers’ tastes can change often – it’s even more important. You must work as hard as you can to be proactive with investments, instead of reactive. Costly, one-off purchases may affect the viability of your business plan: something we mentioned in a previous article, for those in need of strategy advice. Thinking …Read More

A fast route to fryer finance for Sam’s Fish Bar

Even with two profitable outlets, lenders were steering clear of financing fish and chip shop Sam’s Fish Bar. But having grown wise to alternative solutions, co-owner Navjit Chatha knew where to go instead, helping his family enterprise move on to their next stage of growth. The Chatha family has been operating fish and chip takeaways in the North West for over 25 years. When it was time for Nav and …Read More

Struggling to finance non-standard assets? Look beyond traditional lenders

It’s no secret that a loan can help your business reach a key milestone. Whether you’re a startup or something more established, you may need to secure non-standard assets that typical lenders won’t finance. A business growth plan might rely on it, or it could be vital in order to carry out the work that you do. Unfortunately, these are seen as high risk loans for a small business… Until, …Read More

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