Farmers have been getting squeezed over the years often experiencing lower margins on their produce.
Whereas, the cost of operating a farm requires cash injections for a variety of reasons, such as, allowing farmers to replace machinery, invest in new efficient energy power, build new stores, purchase cattle etc.
For most farmers, accessing finance through traditional lenders such as banks is becoming more difficult and time consuming.
Using a specialist agriculture finance broker such as Richmond Asset Finance, can offer farmers preferential rates and flexible arrangements – and often much quicker.
As farmers, your specialty more likely to be nurturing your animals, growing crops and harvesting to provide for the nation.
It’s unlikely to be in finance. We have answered some of the common questions we get asked:
There are a range of finance options available depending on what you need the finance for. It is best to speak to an experienced broker as they recommend an option which offers lower rates and lower repayments. Here are six to consider:
- Asset finance – hire purchase or leasing options
- Agricultural loans
- Refinancing to release equity tied up in your existing machinery
- Agricultural mortgages and bridging loans for farm and land purchases
- Diversification finance
- Renewable / green energy project finance
Commercial Bridging Loans for Farms from Richmond Asset Finance
As a lender that specialises in providing fast, non-status farm finance and farmland loans, including Commercial Bridging Loans, Richmond Asset Finance can help you develop your agricultural business.
Agricultural financing is available for the purchase of land, while dedicated farm development facilities are available to provide loans and finance for barn conversions, new build developments and refurbishment projects. Richmond Asset Finance can help with your Commercial Bridging Loans.
Short-term farm and land loans are available to farmers and landowners for any business purpose, provided that you have suitable property (buildings or land) to offer as security (1st or 2nd charge) and a credible plan to repay the loan.
Painless finance made possible with your own account manager
We understand that your time is valuable, so your dedicated account manager will work their hardest to undertake as much of the process as possible.
Richmond Asset Finance are a major funder of Dairy and Beef breeding cattle in the North West and surrounding areas. If you are replacing or expanding your dairy or beef herd we have funding available through Hire purchase and loans up to 48 months with no additional security required other than the livestock being financed.
Richmond Asset Finance are able to fund your cattle through:
- Livestock markets
- Farm to farm
- Livestock brokers
- Farm sales
We can provide effective farm finance strategies for various sized projects. With a general lack of lending in the marketplace, we offer a solution for farmers to source their funding needs.
Richmond Asset Finance can help you with agricultural finance for the following:
- Tractors & self propelled
- ATV & RTV
- Grassland machinery
- Cultivation machinery
- Drilling & planting machinery
- Harvest machinery
- Livestock handling systems
- Robotic milking systems
- Grading lines
- Farm security
- Food processing units
- Bottling plants
- Livestock feed systems
- Irrigation equipment
Richmond Asset Finance can finance any new or used piece of agricultural machinery and equipment with no age limitation, supplied by either a specialist agricultural dealer or bought privately through a fellow farmer or auction. Manufacturers subsidised finance is periodically available through Richmond Asset Finance based in the North West, Leeds and Yorkshire.
We can finance any make and model of agricultural plant and machinery irrespective of age, please contact us with your requirements on 0113 288 3277
Could upgrading from a truck-mounted excavator to a wheeled excavator make your business more efficient?
Wheeled excavators are easy and affordable to operate and transport from one area to another. They are ideal for use in a variety of fields including forestry, construction, farming, landscaping and demolition. Their mobility also makes them an attractive choice for small contractors.
The core functionality of a wheeled excavator is just the same as a truck-mounted excavator, but instead of being mounted onto a truck they move around independently on their own wheels.
Long-term cost savings – Whilst the initial outlay for a wheeled excavator tends to be a little higher than for a truck-mounted one, they offer more long-term savings as they don’t require additional vehicles or machinery to move them from one site to another. Fuel costs for transporting a wheeled excavator are usually lower than a truck-mounted excavator too.
Increased lift capacity – Wheeled excavators typically have a better lift capacity than truck-mounted excavators, particularly when using a two-piece articulated boom.
Movability – Rather than having to be transported by a large, lumbering truck, wheeled excavators can simply be driven across the site or on the road from one location to the next, usually by the same person who operates them. The small and nimble size of the wheeled excavator also makes it more agile and manoeuvrable when working on-site, allowing it to work efficiently in tight spaces.
Versatility – Wheeled excavators are available with a variety of different attachments, including the mono-boom, two-piece boom, dozer blade, rototilt, cleanout bucket, and outrigger. The huge variety of attachments available for wheeled excavators makes them extremely versatile and reduces the need to invest in multiple machines.If you require help or advice with financing an excavator, speak to our team here at Richmond Asset Finance. We provide a range of flexible vehicle finance and asset finance services to help you to grow your business. To discuss your requirements in more detail, give our team a call on 0113 288 3277.
JCB’s fully electric compact digger has won the construction industry’s prestigious Dewar Award for ‘Outstanding Technical Achievement in the British Automotive Industry’.
The one-ton digger is thought to be the world’s first ever fully electric compact digger and represents a breakthrough for the industry in combating emissions and climate change.
The RAC’s Dewar Award is only awarded during years where the committee believe there are worthy contenders. This is JCB’s second win, as they also received the trophy in 2006 for their diesel land speed record-breaking JCB Dieselmax car powered by two JCB engines.
John Wood MBE, chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee, said: “Awarding the 2019 trophy to JCB was a unanimous decision by the Dewar Technical Committee. It represents a bold commitment to the introduction of novel technology in the off-road sector.”
JCB’s 19C-1E electric digger is now in full production and has already sold over 200 units. The digger can do a full day’s work on a single charge, produces zero emissions and is five times quieter than its diesel equivalent.
The 19C-1E is ideal for using inside cities to reduce noise and air pollution and for building projects taking place indoors or in enclosed spaces.
As the impact and consequences of climate change become more severe worldwide, the construction industry is under increasing pressure to review the effects that their equipment, machinery and vehicles are having on the environment.
If you require help or advice with financing electric diggers, excavators, or commercial vehicles, speak to our team here at Richmond Asset Finance. We provide a range of flexible vehicle finance and asset finance services to help you to grow your business. To discuss your requirements in more detail, give our team a call on 0113 288 3277.
Machines are critical to growth in the manufacturing sector but they are often expensive and can eat into business profits without some form of financial help.
Traditionally business owners turn to the bank to provide straightforward business loans to help if there is insufficient cash in the business to purchase machines. Even if there is enough cash to buy a machine, a loan can be a more sensible way to buy equipment particularly if there is risk attached in making large investments as there often is in business. However, business loans from banks also come at a cost and interest rates can be high.
Having multiple loans can also leave a business vulnerable in a downturn and restrict any cash flow available to grow the business. Machine finance is growing in popularity because it unlocks funding when you need it.
So if your business requires a new machine that will cut down the amount of manual labour required to get jobs done such as a CNC machine, machine finance can help you acquire that machinery at a minimum upfront cost.
This means you get the benefit of improved efficiency and profitability while spreading the cost. It can also be tax efficient now that the government has increased the annual investment allowance. So it comes as no surprise that the machine finance sector has grown 9% year on year.
Any thoughts of the manufacturing sector being hit by the uncertainty around Britain leaving the EU Certainly hasn’t been felt in the machinery finance sector where growth has hit 9% compared to the previous year.
Analysts say the UK asset finance market as a whole look set for a record period of growth in 2019 on the back of a broadly stable 2018. Last year saw a mixed pattern of growth in some sectors and declines in others. IT asset finance for example saw a fall of 32% while other sectors such as machinery and business equipment finances saw increases, the latter seeing 8% growth in the same period.
Machinery finance may well see further year on year growth in 2019 if manufacturing receives a boost and more business owners take advantage of the temporary tax benefits that will come as a result of taking advantage of new Annual Investment Allowance limits.
Machine finance can be particularly useful for investing factory machinery such as CNC machines, which can be expensive to purchase outright. Machine finance provides a way of investing in machinery without having to risk huge amounts of money which can be better used in expanding business operations, research end development.
All businesses need equipment and some will require more expensive equipment than others so how should you fund the purchase of that equipment?
The answer is an equipment loan. If you are wondering how you can turn equipment you haven’t purchased yet into a loan let’s fill you in on the details.
An equipment loan is normally based in the lifespan of the equipment you purchase so it is ideal for those major pieces of equipment you expect to be using for a long time.
The advantages of an equipment loan include the following:
- The equipment is used as collateral for the loan so the risk is less than it would be for other types of loan. What is more you will be the owner of the equipment you are financing so you will build a certain amount of equity over time.
- Rates are competitive and certain business types may find this type of loan preferable and less expensive than term loans or other far riskier forms of finance such as credit cards.
- You may need to make a down payment on the equipment you are financing which could mean a higher upfront cost than alternative forms of finance.
- You need to be sure the equipment won’t become obsolete before the term is up.