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Case Studies

Hi-lighting Armada's speed and commitment

Hi-lighting Armada's speed and commitment

When electric light testing company, Lux – Tsi, needed air conditioning units for their testing laboratory they approached their accountant for advice on appropriate funding for the new units.

 Paul Eddins recommended that Dr Gareth Jones used asset finance as a means of funding and suggested Armada as the lender to use.

 “Paul Eddins, our accountant, called Armada and within days we had an offer of support.”

Dr. Gareth Jones,  Lux-TSI Ltd

Quick on our feet

Quick on our feet

Armada have been working with accountants for 40 years but it is always rewarding when they introduce new clients.

In the case of Aaron & Klara Wagg of Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly, we had supported them in their children’s play centre in Cardiff in 2004.

Nevertheless, when Nick Toye of BPU Accountants in Cardiff rekindled our relationship with Aaron & Klara we were delighted to consider assisting with asset finance for their new adventure centre at Castell Heights.

With Segway trekking, high ropes, pony riding and adventure play, plus superb catering facilities, Mountain View has something for all children as well as fun loving and brave parents and grannies.

Armada was more than happy to be adventurous and finance all the outdoor climbing and play equipment. To be in tune with the new business we felt that we should be positive and quick with our service...

“Amazing response. Done and dusted within 48 hours – what more can we say!”

Aaron Wagg, Mountain View Ranch

No bull - high energy service

No bull - high energy service

Red Bull, the Austrian energy drinks company, is well known for its involvement in Grand Prix Racing and promoting and organising extreme sports.

In September 2013 the Red Bull cliff diving championships were held at the Blue Lagoon near St Davids in Pembrokeshire (well worth Googling). Carningli Scaffolding was tasked with erecting the diving platform.

Carningli have been operating in South West Wales since 2002. William Gallacher’s career has been in the scaffolding industry but his partner, James Davies is a retired Lloyds banker.

James knows and understands finance so when they required additional tubing, fittings and boards it was to Armada Asset Finance that he turned.

Having previously struggled to get finance from asset funders, who are reluctant to support scaffolders, James was delighted at the speed of service he received from Armada.

“Armada were a knight in shining armour. We will definitely use them again.”

James Davies, Carningli Scaffolding

Commitment + hard work = success

Commitment + hard work = success

When David & Sarah Hendry of Pewsey started their motor workshop and MOT garage in 2009 they approached Armada with some apprehension, not sure whether any lender would support their start-up business.

It was David & Sarah’s sincerity and commitment to their venture that convinced us that they were worth backing – and so it proved.

From funding the plant and machinery to fit out the workshop we have continued to assist them with further equipment finance. “Delightful couple and a joy to work with.”  Kirk Smith.

 “Armada have been amazing throughout our dealings with you. The belief you had in us over 4 years ago has helped us to achieve our goal.”  

David and Sarah, Pewsey Motorworks


Fast Food - Fast Finance

Fast Food - Fast Finance

When considering starting a new business there are a phenomenal array of decisions to be made. For a franchisee, many of the issues are decided for you but which franchise, where do you trade from and all the detail of the funding will still tax you.

Shabnam Trew chose to open a Southern Fried Chicken site in the centre of Swansea. She set about finding suppliers of the equipment needed to fit out the take-away. When it came to deciding on a suitable asset finance company to fund the catering equipment Shab turned to the internet. Her final choice proved to be a wise one, picking the most experienced and established lender to the catering industry.

 “I was very impressed by the whole Armada experience. They were amazing! Three days start to finish!”

Shabnam Trew, Swansea Fried Chicken

Service to melt in the mouth

Service to melt in the mouth

Whether your memories are of summer holidays at the beach, confused by the choices in the ice cream parlour or you now enjoy chillaxing with your mates in a gelato bar, quality Italian ice cream is most definitely “on trend”.

The Macari family have been famous gelato manufacturers and retailers since time began. Lucia Macari’s family has been supplying exquisite ice cream in Mumbles, South Wales for over 50 years.

When Lucia needed additional batch freezers she asked her supplier to recommend a suitable asset finance company.

From the moment the referral arrived at Armada to the signing of the documentation, 48 hours, not even the Croccantino al Rum had time to melt.

 “In 50 years we have never seen faster, more friendly service than Armada.”

Lucia Macari, Fortes Mumbles

Attention to detail

Attention to detail

Cerys and her fiancé had been looking forward to planning their wedding next Easter. A major consideration was finding a suitable venue for the reception and an essential for Cerys was that the grounds of the hotel would be perfect for her wedding photos.

The moment Cerys and Edward saw Court Colman Manor Hotel, in the Vale of Glamorgan, their search ended. They are both loving the attention received from the hotel’s wedding planner and they are totally relaxed knowing that all the details are being taken care of.

Sanjeev Bhagotra and his staff know how important it is to cover all the details of running an hotel and making their guests relaxed.

For the same reason Sanjeev loves his relationship with Armada and uses asset finance to acquire his catering equipment, furniture and other assets the hotel needs.

“I am delighted with the speed and simplicity of Armada. They understand our business and our needs.” 

Sanjeev Bhagotra, Court Colman Manor Hotel

Don't mull it over - go Armada

Don't mull it over - go Armada

Why wouldn’t you want to be whale watching whilst holding an exotic, handmade ice cream?

In Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull you can stand in the doorway of Kyle Morris’ new ice cream parlour and view dolphins playing in the bay, sea eagles diving for fish or watch passing Orca whales.

The idyllic position of Kyle’s shop belies the fact that the premises, right on the harbour edge, were once Tobermory’s public conveniences.

All was set up for this high end new business, making quality handmade product, using milk from Isle of Mull cows. However, finding funding for the equipment Kyle needed proved to be a stumbling block, especially as she wanted to be open for the height of the season.

As soon as she was put in touch with Armada the asset finance for her equipment was agreed.

“After months of uncertainty, when I was introduced to Armada, suddenly there was light at the end of the tunnel.”  

Kyle Morris, Isle of Mull Ice Cream

Taking children seriously

Taking children seriously

When Armada first supported Kids Play, the company ran childrens' activities centres. That was in 2003. Now they operate from 19 centres offering breakfast clubs and after school and holiday clubs, all registered by Ofsted.

Armada is always pleased to be involved with professional, well-run businesses, especially when they are putting so much thought and effort into our country's children.

Over 50 asset finance agreements have enabled Kids Play to purchase the perfect equipment for the fun and safety of our little people.

Funding childcare


Turn on the lights, let the party begin

Turn on the lights, let the party begin

Armada, I've got a shopping list for you – I need trailers, a box van, portable buildings, computer equipment, sound & light equipment, lifting equipment, portable flooring, a Honda off-road motorcycle and much more.

That's a lot of equipment David, what do you need all that for?

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In short, it’s to stage quality presentation events for international organisations such as banks, insurance companies et al, major trade exhibitions or music festivals. Warwick Corporate Events can concentrate on the planning and execution of their prestigious events if they know that they don't have to worry about funding the multitude of various assets they need.

Since 1996 David Warwick has consistently called on Armada to fund his long list of asset requirements.

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Copyright Armada Asset Finance 2018. Armada Asset Finance is a trading name of Armada Investments Ltd.

Registered office: Armada House, Oldhams Wharf, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0PB. Registered in England & Wales no. 1140855

Authorised and Regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority

Website by AB