Asset Finance

Asset finance is a loan that is used to obtain equipment.

Whenever organisations invest in tangible assets – anything from office equipment to manufacturing plants, from cars to a fleet of aircraft – they usually need an affordable, secure means of finance.

That’s what the Asset Finance sector is all about. In fact, Asset Finance is the third most common source of finance for businesses, after bank overdrafts and loans, and it is also of growing importance in the public sector.

Asset finance is a flexible alternative to a traditional bank loan, providing significant cash flow and tax benefits for businesses looking to purchase a new piece of equipment, a vehicle or other fixed assets.

Asset finance accounts for the majority of debt-financed business investment.

Around one in three small businesses that have any external borrowing use asset finance. Amongst these, the use of asset finance is particularly high in Wales (54%), the North East (46%) and the North West (42%) with agricultural and manufacturing making the most of leased equipment.

Asset finance is:

  • A valuable alternative to conventional bank loans.
  • Secured wholly or largely on the asset being financed, reducing the requirement for additional collateral.
  • Secure for the user, as the finance cannot be recalled during the life of the agreement.
  • Sustainable because businesses have the option to replace or update equipment at the end of the lease period.
  • Widely available through a network of around 5,000 equipment dealers and 400 brokers, as well as direct from finance companies.