Where we started
Entering the industry in 1996, Ian Bridges started his journey at Farming and Agricultural Finance Limited (FAF; part of NatWest) as an area manager specialising in agricultural, groundscare and construction finance. Growing up on a dairy farm, with a noticeable passion for finance, Ian developed a fundamental understanding of industries which relied upon asset finance to operate efficiently. This preparation proved to be just the start of a long and fulfilling career within the sector. In 2000, Ian set up as a sole trader under the company name Ian Bridges Finance and Leasing. Based in the south east, Ian developed a strong, loyal customer base working with a panel of lenders to help fund their business procurements. Additionally, Ian noticed a niche group of his clientele were refused credit by his main funders primarily because they had adverse credit. Ian’s clear understanding of risk assessing these types of customers, led him to offer his own funds as a source of finance.
How we grew
With continued success and a growing number of clients, Ian incorporated Buckingham Leasing Limited in 2003. The company has since grown to become one of the leading brokers in the South East, employing several account managers, establishing ties with successful dealerships, and becoming renowned for fluid and transparent operations. Buckingham Leasing is an active member of the industry association known as the Agricultural Finance Group (AGF) who have corporate membership of The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB).
What we can do for you now
With over 20 years of experience, Buckingham Leasing has extensive coverage in the finance sector, supporting customers from all industries across the UK including Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wight. What makes us confident in our offering? We always refer to three key areas which we pride ourselves on;
- First-class service with a focus on communication – which is key!
- The best rates in the market to save you both time and money
- 100% transparency to ensure full customer confidence
What will we be discussing?
Buckingham Leasing are starting their Blog journey here and want to keep you all up to date with everything and anything from current market rates, subsidised finance schemes, customer reviews and help promote local businesses!
With access to a portfolio of lenders, this puts us in the best position to keep you well informed about what rates you can expect to be charged depending on your credit status. We will be featuring discussions on case studies, where we have provided flexible financial solutions for sole traders, as well as small and large businesses alike. In addition, manufacture ‘low cost’ finance schemes will be discussed to keep you up to date on machinery and their respective finance packages.
We also want to let you know that we are here for you during these uncertain times with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which is interest free for the first 12 months. We can offer this to all businesses across the UK so if you have been impacted at all by COVID, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for taking the time to read this opening post. We will be posting regular stories to keep you all up to date with as much helpful information as we can!