Specialists In Catering Equipment Finance
When Kirk Smith was establishing Armada Finance in Exeter in the seventies, his focus was mainly on funding catering equipment for the hospitality and leisure industries, whether it be an oven for a hotel restaurant or a coffee machine for a local cafe. Over time the business grew and evolved; facilities offered got larger, the variety of equipment Armada would fund increased and referrals started coming in for different types of businesses.
Although the Armada team today are experts in funding the full range of equipment required by businesses in all sectors, the leasing of catering equipment is still core to the business, with Armada having a wealth of experience specialising in this area and long established, trusted relationships with equipment suppliers. Armada professionals have a unique understanding of the needs of the service industry. We know that a quick response is needed for an urgent replacement of essential equipment such as an oven or freezer, which if broken could be a disaster for a business and that ‘cash is king’ to any entrepreneur.
The hospitality sector covers a huge range of businesses, from hotels, restaurants, takeaways and cafes to pubs, wine bars and night clubs – Armada has funded equipment for them all. Recent support has included the complete fit-out of the kitchen for a new restaurant in Leeds, a range for a fish & chip shop in South Wales and carvery units for a pub on the Isle of Wight. However, catering equipment is also required for businesses in all sorts of other sectors. Armada has funded mixing equipment for a food manufacturer in Preston, kitchen equipment for play centres and coffee machines in convenience stores and offices.
With the service industry soon to benefit from the influx of visitors to the UK for the 2012 Olympics, Armada looks forward to helping businesses get ready to make the most of it.