As another year reaches a conclusion, you may be thinking about what the new year will bring as most business owners are. This coming year things are predicted to be less certain than they have been for several years so is now a good or bad to time to be thinking about investing?

A lot will depend on the sector your business operates in. Each sector will have its winners and losers as a result of Brexit but recent positive news coming from the manufacturing sector shows that there has been some benefit from the fall in the value of the pound.

This makes the UK’s exports cheaper and attracts higher levels of demand. The growth picture for the economy as a whole however is not quite so rosy with growth slowing down even though unemployment levels are at their lowest since the 1970s.

The conclusion to be drawn from all this is that we rarely see all the balls in alignment when it comes to economies so paying too much attention to bad news can discourage investment at just the time when it is needed.

Many people were predicting a slump following the results of the EU referendum but this hasn’t materialised – at least not to anything like the degree anticipated. If you are a business owner looking to play safe and invest, then asset finance may be the option to get the best of both worlds by protecting your cashflow and making the most of your assets to fund growth next year.