SME business funding with “challenging” credit – funding a mezzanine floor
We all love a challenge and this proposition of funding a mezzanine floor for a very challenging credit certainly ticked that box!
The client – an independent education provider – found us through an internet search looking for funders who offered funding on fit-out projects. Having been disappointed by a previous broker who had promised results but failed to deliver.
In fairness to that broker this deal was far from ordinary – and certainly didn’t tick the boxes of many of the mainstream lenders. SME business funding with “challenging” credit. Those finance companies faced the following challenges:
- The equipment to be financed is a mezzanine floor costing in excess of £200,000 – (Many lenders dislike funding mezzanine floors).
- The business is a “not for profits” enterprise, so accounts rather differently from “normal” businesses.
- The sole director is a non-homeowner, having sold their house in order to invest in the business.
- The business had a major setback several years previously, which lost them a significant sum of money.
On the other hand, there were several plus points which gave confidence that the business is on a sound footing. Also with the potential it can meet its future commitments, including the borrowing required for this fit-out project.
Ironically perhaps, the historic setback which had frightened several finance companies turned out to be a key strength in the business. Details were revealed in a meeting between Fit Out Finance, the customer and a specialist lender introduced by us. The customer then provided evidence of the preventative actions and future-proofing which had followed the incident, leading to an altogether leaner and more professional business operation.
Additionally, the fit-out which required funding is by no means a vanity project. It is a functional refurbishment of warehouse-style premises into a minimalist teaching/creative environment. There is a clear end-goal to double their student capacity – again, a target which they have demonstrated is totally achievable.
Having succeeded in the big-ask of finding leasing for a mezzanine floor, Fit Out Finance look forward to funding other elements of the fit-out, including air conditioning, partitioning a bicycle rack.
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