New energy sources and the constant increase in the cost of power are news grabbing issues.

Recently, much has been made of new fracking developments in the UK plus news about wind farms and large scale solar farms. Added to this the whole World is now deeply concerned about the current instability in the Middle East and its potential impact on oil prices and possible interruption of supplies.

Finding new alternatives to the established energy sources is an imperative.
With these issues in mind, Armada has taken a number of marketing initiatives lately to highlight our support for the solar power industry.

We were well aware that few lenders have an appetite to offer funding to the newer alternative energy technologies.

To our amazement and delight, the response we received from companies in the new power sector was most encouraging. Positive lenders who are professional and efficient still seem to be a rarity. Lenders must learn to not be totally risk averse.

We know that the building industry is a good indicator of the health of the economy.

With various initiatives being introduced by the government to assist 1st time buyers and to ignite the house building industry it was only a matter of time before we see a significant take-up of new jobs in the building industry and its supporting infrastructure.

In the 3 months to June 2013 there was an up-lift of 6% on the number of new house builds in the UK. This is confirmed by the unprecedented numbers of proposals received by Armada from scaffolding companies.

The scaffolding industry is an integral part of construction and one that Armada has been supporting for many years. Enabling scaffolders to keep up with the demand in their sector will assist house building to grow that more quickly and make a vital contribution to accelerating economic growth.

Happy UK, Happy Mark Carney.

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.