Startup finance for Total Tanning and Beauty

Three friends sought to transform a Chelmsford store into one of the best salons in the region. Equipment, however, is expensive in this line of work. Johnson Reed became a crucial partner for alternative finance. Just ask Paul, Sean and Sheema… Not all business is...

B! Health & Fitness lifts its financial weight

When Craig Bernhardt retired at the age of 47, he decided to pursue his long-held dream of opening his very own gym. Craig had a clear idea of what he wanted to create – a different type of exercise centre with bespoke equipment and kit. The problem was, he couldn’t...

5 heavy expenses every fitness centre must combat

The UK health and fitness industry is more in demand than ever. Its value is set to hit £22.8bn by 2020, and gyms and wellness centres make up a considerable portion of those projections. Even so, developing businesses have their own weight to bear. There are several...

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...

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...

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...

Our latest catering projects on the boil

We love to shout about our customers, and this month we wanted to showcase a couple of different deals to demonstrate our versatility. Take a look at some of the catering deals crossing our desks this month.

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?

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.

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