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A collection of our thoughts, opinions, (and sometimes general musings) on everything to do with all aspects of business finance, commercial finance, small businesses, and general news about ASC Finance for Business.

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    Are you fed up with modern banking?

    In 44 years, you would think that a lot would have changed within our business. As we were having a clear out, we came across some old marketing material from 30 years ago. As I was reading our old brochure I started to think how our company had changed over the years. We’ve expanded our...

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    Business Finance can be arranged

    If you are sitting there thinking that business finance is unavailable because the banks are tightening their purse strings, then let me enlighten you and encourage you to think outside the box like the people below. In a recent article, 3 Australians required investment in their business to open an independent coffee shop in London....

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    Size does matter.

    When you sit down in the evening and put on the news, you expect the worst. I can’t recall the last time a news reader said something positive, and then they turn their attention to businesses and you start to wonder who is going to be the next high street chain to go into administration....

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    Support your local football club and business!

    This week’s blog focuses its attention on football which is a timely subject as we’ve just witnessed the domination of the "wealthy" premier league clubs against the smaller lower league teams in the FA Cup.  I say wealthy, but I’m sure when you look at the P&L accounts of the teams in the premier league...

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    Business Finance - Think outside the box!

    A quick history lesson; before money, someone requiring a product or service would offer something in exchange. This was an early form of finance.  Let’s look at your business in 2013 – you are operating a successful business selling a product or service but in the current economic climate, so many of your customers are...

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    Not enough bucks for the local boutique!

    In a small Hertfordshire market town, the boutique shops and eateries are prevalent and that’s how the locals like it. So when a successful independent coffee shop wanted to expand into the vacant space next door it applied to the council in the appropriate fashion. The application was rejected for reasons unknown. A few months...

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    Another New lending Scheme doomed for the dustbin - thankfully there is ASC

    I don’t have a crystal ball and I’m not a betting man. I tend to make educated guesses based on previous results. My latest forecast is a pessimistic outlook for the newly announced Business Bank that was included in the Autumn Statement. It sounds good on paper! But hang on, can we just think about...

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    A personalised plate, more than just numbers and letters!

    According to a recent survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the top 10% of households in the UK are now 850 times wealthier than the bottom 10%. A staggering figure! But the biggest gap between the rich and the poor is not in property but in pensions. The ONS found that while the...

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    Have you got what it takes?

    At ASC we have spent years working with entrepreneurs to source the finance they need to get their projects off the ground. But what is better, to encourage entrepreneurs or to encourage entrepreneurial thinking? Small and Medium sized enterprises are hugely important to the recovery of the economy which is why I think we should...

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    Sometimes the Banks are actually innocent

    You may have read that lenders are tightened up their criteria following guidance issued by the FSA. For example there has been a greater restriction on ‘interest only mortgages’ because the FSA believes that lenders should be stricter to prevent buyers taking on debts they cannot afford! Here is a recent example from one of...

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