At the start of this year, we set ourselves some quite clear goals - reinforce the traditional Key Finance business, launch more debt finance products, introduce new brands, exhibit at events and hire new staff to support those goals.
After a huge effort from the team, I’m delighted to say we achieved all of the above, and even a little bit more on top. That, in turn, means we’ve never been in a better position to help with your business finance needs.
In terms of events, we exhibited at the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit, National Convenience Show, The Business Software Roadshow, Retail Business Technology Expo, and the Coffee Shop Innovation Expo.
All those events provided a tremendous platform for meeting old friends and making new acquaintances alike. We also learned a huge amount from talking directly to the industries that we serve, gaining insights and taking suggestions that have been fed straight back into our products.
Much of our time has been spent talking to people about Shopfit Funder, a new product from Key Finance that provides the retail sector with 100% funding for shopfits, including, uniquely, soft costs.
We believe the solution can make a real difference to retail businesses of all types, alongside its sister product Software Funder, which is also new and can help retail businesses take advantage of new software, without the need for any upfront investment.
But we can also deliver solutions for bespoke projects, with recent undertakings including a significant LED lighting installation and the funding of critical manufacturing equipment in the aerospace industry.
Elsewhere, 2017 saw Key Finance focus on industry suppliers too through our Partner Programme. This tool means vendors can offer clients payment over time, enabling the customer to pay as their solutions deliver the return on investment to their business. We provide all our Vendor Programme partners with a dedicated account manager to help create bespoke solutions for their clients.
Our aim for 2018 is to build on the progress we’ve made this year and, ultimately, help you and your business manage growth in the most cost-efficient way possible, regardless of the industry in which you operate or what goes on behind closed doors in Brussels.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from us early next year.
For now, though, all that remains is for me to wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everyone here at Key Finance!
Managing Director, Key Finance Ltd