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Catering Equipment Leasing & Finance

flickr_2289112017_6c0fdbafeb_o_dJohnson Reed are CESA-approved specialists in the area of catering equipment leasing and finance, having operated in this sector since 2005.

We supply to all types of catering businesses, including restaurants, pubs and bars, fast food outlets, hotels, food franchises, and food processing / manufacturing facilities. We can cater to both companies and catering suppliers alike!

Over the past 12 months we have seen huge growth in the catering sector, no doubt to the ever-greater restriction and lack of understanding of banks when it comes to lending money to new start-ups for their much-needed equipment.

Read some of our Catering Finance case studies

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We can help you get equipment leasing for...

Whether you are looking to finance a single item of equipment or an entire refit of your premises, we promise to react quickly and access our panel of independent funders to get you answer as soon as possible. It doesn't matter to us whether you are an established business or a brand new one, we will do our very best to provide you the same great level of service.

We can help you get finance for:

  • Cooking equipment
  • Food-handling equipment
  • Food-preparation equipment
  • Refrigeration equipment
  • Epos and cash registers
  • Bespoke steel fabrication
  • Cold rooms
  • Coffee machines

What are the main benefits of equipment leasing?

We offer all forms of finance but we believe the greatest benefits in most situations are offered by leasing, here's why:

  • Increase your profitability — You can conserve your working capital and put it to use in other more profitable ways
  • Help your cash flow — Have the equipment you need now without affecting your companies cash reserves
  • Afford the best quality — Get the very latest equipment, don't cut corners, tomorrows technology today
  • Pay as you use — You can pay for the equipment as its used and spread the cost through its working life, i.e. over three to five years
  • Tax allowable — Rentals are fully tax deductible, so why not take advantage of this?
  • Upgrade equipment — Get the benefit of new equipment by simply upgrading the equipment or extending its current usage
  • Plan your budgets — FD's love to know repayments are fixed
  • Simple direct debit — One rental can include all equipment and ancillary costs i.e. consultancy, installation, training and maintenance
  • Keep your credit lines intact — Leasing does not affect any of your existing credit lines

What are the tax benefits of using leasing?

One of the great things about using leasing for your catering equipment is the tax-efficient way in which you can borrow the equipment. Simply offset the cost of leasing against your tax bill, and at the end of the fixed term you own 100% of the equipment! Due to the nature of leasing, your fixed repayments will mean you can spend your precious cash on other areas of your business.

Find out more about tax-efficient leasing

What is the process for getting leasing?

The process for getting equipment leasing is quite straight-forward, and includes the following steps:

  1. Finalise the kit specification with the client
  2. Johnson Reed will secure the credit from their panel of lenders
  3. Johnson Reed will provide invoicing instructions to the reseller
  4. The paperwork is signed by the client
  5. Delivery is arranged by the equipment reseller
  6. Payment of the invoice is made upon authorisation of satisfactory delivery
  7. The contract begins

Find out more about why you should choose leasing

What if I want to sell this type of equipment?

Concentrating on your core activities and outsourcing other responsibilities to the right specialists can improve your offer to your customers and help you sell more, more often.

We have a proven track record of securing vendor finance for equipment re-sellers, vendors & suppliers in many different sectors.

Find out more about selling equipment with Johnson Reed


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  • Following our first conversation at the ENSE conference table-to-table rotations we arranged a meeting with Johnson Reed at our head office. Following this meeting It quickly became apparent that Johnson Reed were able to offer all the advice and support we needed to be our main leasing partner with the added benefits that the ENSE relationship gives us.

    Johnson Reed take care of all the leg work and running around that can sometimes be caused by the leasing process and paperwork leaving us to concentrate on the selling aspect. This has given us the ability to offer a leasing solution that both our salesforce and our customers can be confident in.

    Johnson Reed have been flexible enough to work how we need them to work and to merge well with our existing procedures and ways of doing things, thus making the transition from our previous leasing partner as easy as it could be.

    For many years we have viewed leasing as a laborious and troublesome process, this is no longer the case for us.

    Phil Dixon, Commercial Catering Manager CS Catering Equipment, Leeds

  • I have been using Johnson Reed to help finance my successful chain of pub restaurants for many years. They are always helpful and prompt with the results.

    Three Bears

  • I found Johnson Reed to be most helpful when securing my finance, for the purchase of equipment for my new shop. The timescales were tight but in the end everything was completed on time and I would not hesitate to use Johnson Reed again.

    Mark The Whiddon Fryer

  • It would be remiss of me not to mention the outstanding help and support Johnson Reed and Paula has given us this year. She has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty and always conducted herself in a friendly and professional manner. She is a major asset to your company and we can't thank her enough, please pass on our sincere thanks from Steve and myself.

    Phil Aitken, Director Coffee Ltd

  • We were recommended to Johnson Reed and we’ve found them to be competitive, professional and they offered a fast turnaround. They’ve also made it easier for us by explaining in full our end of lease options in advance of signing. There are no nasty surprises at the end of the period, which we had with our previous loan company.

    Banayiotis Zeniou Fylde Fish Bar

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