Looking to set up his stylish Ice Cream Store, Giuseppe was introduced to Armada by the supplier of the ice cream machines and refrigeration. Armada was delighted to asset finance the complete fit-out of the store.

Many of the purchases for a retail unit are common to all, the shelving, CCTV and epos systems etc. In food outlets refrigeration and/or ovens are needed or other speciality machines and equipment are required.

Whatever the individual requirements Armada are the one company who welcome new start businesses, will not be picky about the equipment and with 40 year history have significant experience of financing and understanding every sector of the retail market.

“Armada makes funding simple and stress free so I can concentrate on running my business.”

Recent issues over “what’s in my burger beef or horse meat” are making discerning shoppers question whether supermarkets are the place to buy the Sunday roast or the sausages for the family barbecue.

Local butchers, dependant on customer satisfaction and loyalty, have a fabulous opportunity to come back into their own on the high street, as artisan bakers are doing.

Since 1997 Chris Taylor of Taylor Made butchers in Trowbridge has been using asset finance from Armada to fund the purchase of his refrigeration, cold rooms, vacuum packing machines and epos systems.

As Chris recently said
“I was delighted with Armada’s support when I first started my business. I have used other asset funders but only Armada seems to do what’s on the tin.”

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In an article in The Telegraph on 9th May 2013, John Meredith, 74, who has run Hutchison Port Holdings for 42 years, pledges to assist UK businesses to finding contacts in foreign markets, advice on tax and law etc, as a “completely free service.”

How refreshing and inspiring to find a successful, active business person who unselfishly works for the benefit of others.

Recently Lord Ashcroft signed up to give half his £1.2billion fortune to the Giving Pledge charity, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

Previously Sir Richard Branson and numbers of other Brits joined the illustrious list of international billionaires committed to giving half their fortunes to eradicate disease, poverty, modern slavery and other causes in need of funding.

The list of philanthropists also includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, Mark Zuckerberg, David Sainsbury and Andrew Forrest, Australia’s richest man.
Through this charity Bill Gates and his colleagues aim to eradicate malaria and TB throughout the World.

Hopefully this growing commitment of successful entrepreneurs will create a seed change in the philosophy and attitude of people around the globe, causing an outward looking selflessness for generations to come. We may see an end to the L’Oreal inspired advert mentality “Because I’m worth it.”

Spring is a time for looking forward, thinking and planning all the good days to come, weddings, parties, Ascot, Henley ………

An event organiser has much to consider – the hire of a marquee, executive loos, seating and flooring, sound and lights, catering equipment and maybe more.

Armada has provided asset finance for marquees throughout the UK and even a marquee washing machine! Now there’s a boys’ toy!

Many a befrocked lady has been grateful that Armada are experts at funding portable toilets and washrooms.

As for catering equipment – bread and butter to a company who has been supporting caterers for 40 years.

Flooring, seating, sound and lighting, of course we can finance them – we are a company with a “can do” attitude, believing in old fashioned service and caring about the people we do business with.

Now that the weather is improving (today the sun is shining and the rivers Clyst and Exe are sparkling) if you are thinking about getting away for a few days we can strongly recommend coming to Topsham.

Darts Farm Shopping Village is an award winning experience for everyone. A toy department, outdoor clothing, cycle hire and lots for the ladies. For the lads it has to be the Fish Shed and the fish and chips straight from Heaven. Your lasting memory may well be how friendly everyone is or how you began to un-wind in their busy restaurant.

After Darts take time to go into Topsham Village. So many boutiques, pubs, restaurants and the chance for a walk along the river or bird watching.

If you crave tranquillity and beauty added to a little me-time or a bit of plastic bending then Topsham will certainly be for you.