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Apollo acquires Haydock Finance

Haydock Finance Limited (“Haydock”), the Blackburn-based asset finance provider, announced yesterday that certain investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (“Apollo”) have signed an agreement to acquire a majority shareholding in Haydock. They are investing alongside Haydock’s founder and Executive Chairman Jon Wilkinson. The agreement is subject to customary conditions and is expected ...



Aldermore passes £1 billion in 2017

Aldermore, the specialist lender, has reached the milestone of successfully supporting over £1 billion of asset finance to UK businesses this year. The record milestone has been achieved as a result of various key developments across the Bank’s Asset Finance division including the extension into new industrial sectors such as telecoms and IT, as well as recruiting additional resource in its specialist underwriting function.


P2P accounts for 15pct of SME lending

Annual British Banking Association data suggests that peer-to-peer business lending platforms have grown to account for 15pct of all new loans made by UK banks to small businesses. In 2016, equity-based crowdfunding accounted for 17pct of all seed and venture stage equity investment in this country. Meanwhile, a recent annual report from Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance attributes the greatest market share to peer-to-peer business lending, growing by 36pct to £1.23 billion in 2016...


Close Brothers marks 10 years in Ireland

Close Brothers Commercial Finance is delighted to be celebrating 10 years of trading in Ireland this year. It has also relocated and expanded its offices in Cork and Belfast as part of a continued campaign of expansion in Ireland, following the success of its new Dublin workplace in 2016, and is committed to Ireland in the longer term.



Business Lending Exchange boosts SMEs

Britain’s SMEs have been given a boost with the announcement of a multi-million pound deal which sees asset finance lender The Business Lending Exchange (BLX) reach an agreement with Isle of Man-based Conister Bank for a £4m funding facility. This new facility will immediately be put to work with BLX looking to lend to a customer base of start-ups, sole traders and small businesses with advances of between £1,000 and £30,000. Further, BLX is also promising to give a decision within one hour of receiving an enquiry and lends money secured on assets such as vehicles and machinery.


FSB points finger at digital skills

Productivity growth in the UK will continue to stall without Government and industry action to tackle a digital skills deficit in small businesses, according to new research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). This research finds that over a quarter (26pct) of business owners in England lack confidence in their basic digital skills and more than a fifth (22pct) believe a lack of basic digital skills among their staff is holding them back from increasing their digital and online presence.


Spanish sun at Blockers Lunch

The biggest names and best-known faces in block discounting were present and correct at the most recent Blockers' Lunch yesterday (Thursday 7 December). As last year, the venue was Hispania, a restaurant on London's Lombard St. With seventy people filling the venue, things were very civilised over lunch (croquetas, torrijas, Spanish wine); the rugby injury stories and French gin came out later downstairs.


AF-PA serves up generous spirit

The Asset Finance Professionals Association (AF-PA) attracted a full house to its charity networking event on Wednesday at the Sports Bar and Grill in Marylebone. Two charities were nominated to share the proceeds from a raffle and auction: the British Lung Foundation and homelessness charity Off the Fence. Some remarkable treats and experiences were offered in the auction, including dinner for two on No Man's Fort in the Solent and a signed painting of Oasis' Gallagher brothers. Many attendees went home very happy with their prizes and acquisitions, although of course the real story will be the sum of money raised for two excellent charities.



FLA gets warm reception

Last night's Finance and Leasing Association Christmas Drinks Reception saw more than 160 invited guests at the Haberdashers Hall, taking a relaxed look back on a year which delivered a lot of very positive stories. Stephen Sklaroff, Director General at the FLA, shared some highlights from the latest figures prepared by the Association, showing further strong growth in the asset finance sector and in particular some better-than-expected vehicle finance statistics.


Franchise Finance in first place

At last Friday's Best Franchise Awards, Franchise Finance were awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Service Provider’. A net promoter scoring system is used to decide the winner, for which Franchise Finance scored 100%, meaning all surveyed clients scored the firm 9 or 10 out of a possible 10, a score which Franchise Finance say, "we are immensely proud of."




“You are the good guys!”

Gyles Brandreth kicks off the NACFB AwardsThursday night’s NACFB Gala dinner saw a frankly show-stealing performance from Gyles Brandreth, as well as the usual panoply of awards. £20,138 was raised for charity, and an ambitious after-party saw part of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge converted into a casino. Among the many award-winners, a special mention goes out to Hitachi Capital, who picked up the Leasing and Asset Provider of the Year trophy. The NACFB has held eleven Gala Dinners in its 25-year history, but two things really made a difference this year...


Hitachi continues European expansion

Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc has announced plans for further European expansion for the business following its Autumn branch opening in Amsterdam. The branch office is the second business Hitachi Capital has established in the Netherlands, following the recent acquisition of Noordlease Holdings B.V in January this year.  Hitachi Capital UK’s Netherlands branch will provide vendor finance solutions to Hitachi and Mitsubishi group companies, whose European head offices are based in the country. Primarily the operation will support the sales of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) whilst providing further assistance to the wider business and key European based vendors.


SMEs are saving less

Scottish SMEs have reduced their business savings by 40% over the past year, according to recent research carried out by Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB). The bank says that the average sum held in savings accounts for SMEs in the east of England is down by 27%, yet this area still has the highest average sum in each business's savings account.


Government boost for construction sector

Today the Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced a flagship deal which may add billions of pounds in value to the UK economy through delivering better homes and infrastructure. A sum of £170 million is to be invested through the Transforming Construction programme with industry committed to match-funding with a £250 million investment. Asset funders have shown increasing flexibility in recent years to work with construction, with at least one lender recently adding scaffolding to its range of fundable assets.



Advisory fuel rates change on Friday

Revised Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) come into force on 1 December. They may look famiiar, as they are returning to the levels we saw from June to September. Also familiar is the exclusion of electric vehicles from the rates, in spite of demands from the leasing industry to encourage take-up of the new technology. Hybrids are graded according to the fuel in the tank rather than the battery. You can read the rates for each fuel type and engine capacity below...


Banks pass Brexit stress test

Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, RBS, Barclays, Standard Chartered, Santander UK, and Nationwide all sailed through a doomsday scenario test conducted by the Bank of England and published alongside the FPC's biannual Financial Stability Report. The 100% pass rate was not necessarily the expected outcome of the examination, given that in every previous stress test since the regime began in 2014, there have always been"fail" grades awarded. The scenario which banks were asked to demonstrate their response to was described politely as a "disorderly" exit from the EU.


What the FLA told the Treasury

In its usual pre-Budget letter to the Chancellor, the FLA gave a range of suggestions to boost growth and support British businesses. The FLA's Head of Asset Finance and Leasing, Simon Goldie, said, "We were therefore pleased to receive an encouraging response from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury regarding some of our proposals on access to finance for small businesses."


First Asset Finance funding

First Asset Finance PLC (FAF),the structured asset finance intermediary and residual value funder, has secured a £ 10 m funding line with Shawbrook Bank. This facility will be used to support the growth of FAF’s business in underwriting asset residual value risk for bank owned and captive lessors.



Asset Finance and the Autumn Budget

George Tonks, Invigors EMEA LLP, gives us his considered reaction to Wednesday's Budget... The contents of any Budget reflect the political and economic situation.  In November 2017 the UK is moving towards leaving the EU in March 2019, with various degrees of uncertainty around the economy both up to and beyond that date.  We are also only a few months on from a general election which saw significant gains for a Labour party campaigning for reduced austerity.   


D&D Leasing promotes Karma Nirvana

Nominated charity announced for Rev Bill Dost's annual Christmas gathering.


2018 Leasing World Awards Dinner date announced

Next year's Leasing World Awards Ceremony and Dinner is being held in London on Tuesday 30th October 2018, WITH SOME GREAT NEW FEATURES PLANNED! 



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Leaseurope launches SME Roundtable

Leaseurope is launching a series of roundtable meetings across Europe to discuss leasing as a key source of finance for SMEs. The aim is to explore the national SME financing landscape and improve the understanding of leasing as a valuable form of investment finance, as well as identifying any potential obstacles hindering its use by local SMEs and how these could be tackled at national and ultimately European levels . .


New International CEO at Bibby

Independent business funder, Bibby Financial Services (“Bibby”), has announced that Steven Box has taken on the role of International Chief Executive Officer. In addition to Bibby’s European businesses, as of 1 January 2016 he is responsible for operations in Canada, USA, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia . .


dll sale rumours

It has been widely trailered in the Dutch and international press that Rabobank Group is in preliminary talks with banks, institutional investors and private-equity firms that may bid for its leasing unit, De Lage Landen International BV, in a sale that may fetch as much as €4.5 billion, according to various sources.


Leaseurope appoints Leon Dhaene

Leaseurope, the trade association representing the European leasing and automotive rental industries in Europe, has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Leon Dhaene as Director General effective 1 December 2015. Leon Dhaene succeeds Tanguy van de Werve who left Leaseurope to join AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, to head their Brussels Advocacy Office.


LeasePlan world leader

LeasePlan Corporation N.V has reached a record level of 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, a landmark it considers as confirming its global market leadership . .


A small community, a very big business

How much does it cost to get into a highly paid career in leasing, that has a touch of glamour about it? There is a way, so how might one go about it? 


Don’t try fiddling leases in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the HCM City People's Court has handed down death penalties to two former executives, one a leasing executive, for embezzling the equivalent of approximately $5.2 million and abuse of power while running state leasing companies.


Sword Apak’s 3rd Italian win

Agos Ducato (a subsidiary of Credit Agricole Consumer Finance) has become Sword Apak’s third Italian based client to date. Expanding its wholesale operations in Italy by introducing main dealers into its business portfolio, Agos needed a robust platform to support its expansion plans. Having reviewed the options, it selected Sword Apak to implement its state-of-the-art Wholesale Floorplanning System (WFS) v6. This is the second implementation for Sword Apak under the Credit Agricole umbrella with Netherlands based bank Ribank already a well-established WFS client . .


Car paranoia for legal eagles?

Supposing a firm leases a fleet of cars from a lessor, and overnight all those cars have to be recalled for the same fault. The usual lease agreement says the lessee has to keep paying whether the asset is available to use or not. 

But what if the lease is through the car manufacturer’s leasing captive?


They should have googled it?

Did Google google their new name Alphabet before adopting the new handle? Because within a few hours of receiving the Google Alphabet announcement, our editor’s office received a terse email from Munich saying, “As being reported in the media, Google has founded a holding company called Alphabet. The website www.alphabet.com is owned by BMW Group . .


GE $8.5bn healthcare sale

GE has announced the $8.5 billion sale of GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services to US bank Capital One. This is less than the $10-$11 billion mooted in the press from “people close to the matter” just three or four weeks ago.


Watch out: Uber’s understood leasing

Most people have heard of Uber, and know what it is - it’s a taxi service that’s given traditional taxi companies a lot to think about. But actually, Uber says it’s something different to that, Uber says it’s an App, and the App is now creating its own leasing company . .


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