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  • Financial World

    You might be surprised, but finance is a local business

    When most people think “finance”, they think on a national perspective. The default image of finance is the big, high-street banks making transactions on a large scale across the country without regard to individuality or the areas they’re in. Now, we’ve talked before about how high-street banks aren’t the only option available – and it’s...

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  • ASC Newsletters, Loans, SME

    These are uncertain times – but you can be sure of your finance. The ASC Summer Newsletter 2019

    There’s an air of uncertainty across the UK business world at the moment. After everything that has happened in the last few months, no business is really sure what’s going to happen next, and what the future of the business world will look like. What does this mean for small businesses? Well it can be...

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  • Financial World

    Keeping the “Human Touch”

    Finance is getting more technical. It’s an undeniable fact. Computing, coding and “Fintech” have meant that over the last 20 years, finance has become less about pen, paper and handshakes, and more about computers, keyboards and algorithms. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the rise of computing and automated systems has made finding finance...

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  • Finance, Loans, Property

    What does success mean?

    We talk a lot about our “successful track record” at ASC. We’re proud of it – we don’t know any other brokers who have been successfully helping SMEs find finance for more than five decades. But what does that success actually mean? How have we actually helped businesses start, grow and thrive through finding them...

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  • Finance, Financial World, SME

    Opportunities need funds – we’re here to provide them

    The biggest tragedy that any business faces is having to turn down opportunities. Having the chance to grow your business, but not being able to take it, is disheartening for any business owner. Unfortunately, it’s a situation that’s been on the rise in recent years – according to some recently released research, 55% of small...

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  • Finance, Financial World, Loans

    It Pays to Shop Local

    Like any sector, the finance world has lenders of all shapes and sizes. From massive multinational banks to smaller, more local lenders, there are over 300 different funding sources available for a business looking for finance in the UK. But not all lenders are created equal – depending on where you are, and what exactly...

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  • Banks, Finance, Loans

    Bad Lender, Bad Loan, Bad Luck

    The lender is the linchpin of every finance deal. This might seem like a stupid statement to make – of course business finance relies on the person who provides the money! But what we mean isn’t that you need a lender to make a loan – it’s that you need the right lender to get...

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  • ASC Newsletters, Banks, Finance, Financial World

    The Search for a Loan – What’s right for You?

    A “loan” is a simple word, but it encompasses a multitude of financial options so wide that an inexperienced viewer can easily get lost. Trying to find the right loan can be confusing, and we’d never recommend looking without a specialist who can sort the bewildering array of options into something more palatable. With so...

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  • ASC Newsletters, Financial World

    An Honest Professional, or a Boring Paper-Pusher? What makes a good broker?

    At ASC, we talk a lot about how we’re the right kind of broker. But what makes a good SME broker? What do you need when running a brokerage in order to provide SMEs with the service they need? 1.      Perspective and Knowledge One of the most important things you can have is a sound...

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  • Finance, Financial World

    Specialisation, Yes. Restrictions, No.

    At ASC, we know what we can do, and what we can’t. We’re specialised commercial, business and property finance brokers, and we stick to what we know best. In the finance broking world, specialisation is key. Just like how different types of finance have different requirements from lenders, they need different skillsets in a broker....

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