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If you are passing through Somerset on your way to holidaying in beautiful Devon & Cornwall, take a break and a short diversion off the M5 to Glastonbury. An easy climb up Glastonbury Tor will give you a fabulous view across much of Somerset.

Once you have built up an appetite, take a short drive to Wells and feast on the sublime cooking at Goodfellows fish restaurant and café. Adam is arguably the finest chef in the county.

To walk down your lunch take time out to stroll around the 12th century Wells Cathedral and the famous moated Bishop’s Palace. You may be lucky and see the swans responding to their feeding bell on the wall of the moat.

Round off your visit by checking out the open air market next to the Bishop’s Palace. Lots of bargains to have as well as choices of cheeses, olives, meats, cake etc.

Armada has been supporting many of the retail and hospitality businesses in Wells and Glastonbury for decades. Time spent there will transport you back to an enchanted past. Well worth the detour!

Evidence is emerging that the UK is showing the 1st signs of recovery, albeit that the measure of growth is still very small, circa 0.5% – 0.8%.

When the development of the economy is fragile one wonders why the Business Secretary, Vince Cable and the media are constantly fixated on the misdemeanours of the banks.

The history making failures of the banks and the greed of their executives and staff are so well documented that we should be moving on and trying to fill the gaps in lending that the banks have left, not filling front page column inches with the past.

The government and the media would do well to concentrate on directing businesses, both large and small, to sources of funding in order to stimulate growth and create jobs.

No longer do we need to be reminded of why the banks have failed the country. Business needs positive encouragement and support and the government and press need to wake up to their responsibilities.


Starting a new business is daunting – so much to think about. The excitement of hatching an idea and months of planning can so easily turn to frustration, worry and disappointment when looking for premises and dealing with the legals.

Fear not, something worth having is worth fighting for and the successful entrepreneur has patience, determination, focus and nerve.

When it comes to funding the setting up of your business, the cost of fitting out the property, buying plant and equipment etc, you need to find asset funders who are approachable, who give you solutions and not complications and who are just as dedicated to help get you started as you.

The UK needs budding entrepreneurs who are prepared to commit their cash and efforts. There will be long days and longer nights of planning, creative ideas and hopefully only a few stressful moments – but the benefits to you and the country will be rewarding and life-changing.

Daily Armada are supporting many people like you to start, grow and be creative for years to come.
The start is a friendly phone call to someone who has a name.

Start at Darts Farm in Topsham with coffee and a full English, served with a smile.

Pick up a rent-a-bike at Darts and ride along the cycle path to Exmouth, following the Exe and watching out for all the bird life around you.

Optional stops may be taken at various pubs in Lympstone on the way, before arriving at Exmouth Harbour.

Catch the water taxi out to the River Exe Café, a floating barge in the middle of the River Exe.

Order Moules Mariniere followed by Mixed Seafood Paella, washed down with a local beer or wine. Extensive menu of food & drinks so you choose!

Take it steady riding back to Topsham but see if you can fit in a cream tea at the Georgian Tea Rooms in the village.

  • Don’t spoil the day by getting on the scales at home
  • Do spoil the partner, family or friends
  • Don’t check this out if you are mean-spirited

If you are looking for more excitement and stimulation in your life – get involved with food.

The UK now has restaurants specialising in quality food from every corner of the World.

Celebrity chefs, libraries of cook books and television programmes with Jamie Oliver, Nigella, Paul Hollywood and a wok of many more, prove the country’s love for and obsession with food and restaurants. Furthermore, the catering industry is hugely important economically.

For 40 years Armada has been funding catering equipment, furniture and epos, sound and security equipment for start-up restaurants, established operations needing asset finance for single items and helping restaurant chains to expand.

With friendly staff, lightning fast service and a dedication to support the catering industry, Armada are the first on the pass for restaurateurs looking for asset finance assistance.