Over the past 10 years, the growth in soft play centres has been huge, despite the slowdown in the past 24 – 36 months. However we find that the desire to start up or expand existing children’s play centres hasn’t abated, and we often deal with applications for equipment finance from this sector.
We have over 20 years experience operating in this industry, and have dealt with both new starts looking to set up, and existing companies looking to expand or become franchises.
Providing equipment in this sector is quite a niche speciality, with very few finance companies understanding the maze of options and challenges that face a new soft play centre. That’s one of the reasons why Johnson Reed are different – we have a wealth of experience with many soft play centres across the country.
Our Managing Director Mark Johnson can often be found at soft play exhibitions, talking about the advantages of equipment leasing. Organised by the likes of the Play Provider Association (PPA), Mark has spoken to thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start in this sector. Most recently, Mark spoke at the LIW event in Birmingham, and shared a lot of the experience that new ventures need when entering this market.
Over the years we have formed great relationships with soft play equipment suppliers, and that has allowed us to be able to offer leasing for all kinds of equipment, including:
- Play structures and frames
- Synthetic Ice rinks
- EPOS/IT systems & software
- AirConditioning and heaters
- Security and CCTV systems
- Laser guns
All types of businesses are considered, and we are more than happy to talk to people considering venturing into this sector. All of our leasing deals come with fixed payments over a fixed term, with flexible options for upgrading or changing the equipment during the contract’s term. Best of all, the tax benefits of leasing will help save a huge amount. We do not require charges to be made on a property, although all new start businesses will require home-owning directors with equity or a guarantor. We also require a business plan and proof of a personal loan or bank investment.
In short we will provide you with impartial advice and assistance in putting your funding package together – from start to finish.