Happy Days in Torquay
What a treat! Yesterday in Torquay the skies were deep blue and the sun was shining on the visitors strolling around the harbour and the sea front.
Although for over 30 years I was always in Torbay every Tuesday (unless it was Christmas) transacting business, it was a few years since I had last visited the “English Riviera”.
A very stylish Millennium Bridge now links both sides of the inner harbour and the Abbey Sands development, previously the Palm Court Hotel, now houses uber posh apartments and classy bars and restaurants overlooking the bay.
While my fellow sightseers were busy leaning on the harbour rails drooling over the Sunseeker super yachts I turned my back to contemplate the town of Torquay and recall all the happy memories of the businesses I helped to create and support.
How many hotels did I fund for their kitchens and furniture and carpets? All those restaurants and bars that needed refrigeration and microwaves etc. Retail shops, children’s play centres, offices and scaffolders – this was my bread and butter for so many years – the life of an asset finance entrepreneur.
After lunch at Le Bistrot Pierre, watching the yachts in the bay, I returned to my reverie – so many happy days and good friends created through business. Where are we now as a company?
We are still helping new businesses by financing their assets. We are still funding the hospitality industry and scaffolders and retail, but now so much more!
Little did I think, all those years ago, that Armada would now be doing what I did in Torbay, but now also in Aberdeen, Swansea, Penzance and Ramsgate and every city, town and village in between.