Finance Leasing

Having an alternative to paying in full and upfront could transform how you think about your plans, your budgets and what you can achieve.

This guide has been created for those considering a finance option as the overwhelming majority of clients introduced to us have no experience of using finance to deliver interior fit out projects.

The guide is intended as a first step. We have helped thousands of clients finance similar projects to yours but our approach is firmly bespoke to each one so enjoy the guide and get in touch when you are ready for us to help with your plans.

Why Finance?

Having the ability to treat your workspace much like you might do the building itself, spreading costs over time and in line with your return on investment, makes complete sense.

Tax Benefits

Profitable, private companies often stand to unlock significant tax savings compared to using capital.

Although capital allowances (and for certain assets, enhanced capital allowances) can be claimed when using capital, providing some tax relief, we can tailor a facility that is not only 100% tax deductible but also covers the full project costs, including labour, fees, delivery and other intangibles.

Enable Budgets

Whether you are a private or public sector organisation, budgets can often take precedent over your aspirations.

Scaling back your plans, delivering a piecemeal solution over time as budgets become available or even cancelling projects totally are all realistic propositions when relying on capital budgets. Financing takes the shackles off your vision – significantly reducing the demand on annual budgets and spreading the impact over the years of the agreement.

VAT

Unlike using capital, where the VAT is paid in full upfront, we can provide facilities ensuring that the VAT is spread throughout the duration of the agreement.

Of benefit to all, this can be extremely helpful for entities unable to reclaim VAT.

Release Capital

Irrespective of the size of your organisation, capital is best deployed where it can work hardest for you and all your stakeholders, fuelling growth and delivering return.

Locking valuable capital in ultimately depreciating assets is not an efficient use of your reserves.

What To Think About

Here are 4 key things for you to consider, when contemplating finance as an option for your project:

1. Facility Type

You have the opportunity, subject to underwriting, to choose from a range of asset finance facilities. Although we will happily talk you through these in detail and provide advice and support where necessary, here is a quick summary:

Finance Leasing

Undoubtedly the facility type of choice for most projects as it typically offers a 100% tax-deductible solution. At the end of the agreement you will have the option to retain the assets indefinitely thereafter, for a one-off fee, return the assets to the funder or continue renting should you prefer. Over 95% of clients choose the first option especially for fit out agreements.

Hire Purchase

HP may not offer any of the tax advantages of a finance lease, in fact tax treatment is very similar to using capital, but does provide automatic ownership at the end subject to paying an option to purchase (OPT) fee. Working with your accountants, we can ensure that you maximise your capital allowances (and ECAs) whilst utilising any available Annual Investment Allowance. When coupled to a finance lease, you can achieve a highly tax efficient solution.

Commercial Loan

Although a less popular option for fit out projects, a commercial loan is best considered for entirely service-based costs (i.e. no assets involved) where the lack of assets rules out other products.

2. Term

The most typical term for fit out and furniture projects is five years as it spreads costs over the useful life of the assets and keeps payments as low as possible. Alternatively, you can elect to finance your project over any term from 1-5 years to suit you, including part years if you wish to.

3. Payment Frequency

Although typically clients prefer to pay monthly, you also have the option to pay quarterly and, for public sector organisations, there is the option to pay annually too.

4. Supplier Payments

Although normal practice is for supplier payments under a finance agreement to be paid at the point the work is complete, for larger projects this is not practical and usually payment terms include interim valuations or stage payments. We will ensure that your finance facility is structured to match your agreed schedule and that you retain sign off authority o n each draw down. Even better, we manage the whole process for you, freeing you up to concentrate on running your business in the meantime.
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