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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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  • Financial World

    A Tool Like No Other

    What’s the most useful tool you use at your job? It’s a simple question, but not a simple answer. To some it might be as easy as a stapler, or a craftsman’s multi-tool. For others it might be some high-tech program that automates various tasks, or even just their computer itself. However, one set of...

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  • Financial World

    Experience and Understanding – Always Necessary!

    Nobody knows a business like its accountant. Their knowledge of a business’ books and finances means they have a better understanding of the exact situation a business is in than any other employee. This puts them in a unique position when it comes to business finance – their understanding of a business means they can...

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  • Banks, Financial World, Loans

    Inviting a Comparison

    “How do you choose between lenders?” is a question we get asked often. It can be a tricky question to answer – no two brokers will have the same method, for one. But it involves broker and client looking at an offer and seeing if it really fits a business. However, there’s been a development...

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  • ASC Newsletters, Finance, Financial World

    Could Crowdfunding Work for You?

    When you think of financing a business venture, crowdfunding probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. Why get £5 from 1,000 individuals when you can get the whole £5,000 from a real lender? Yet in recent years crowdfunding has become a popular option for companies to finance projects, with platforms like Kickstarter raising millions....

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  • Business, Investment, Loans

    What interest rate can I borrow at?

    It is a simple question, but when it comes to commercial finance, it is not one which comes with a simple answer. But we understand how important it is to know what the answer to the question is before you start looking at whether or not it is worth you considering raising business finance. The...

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