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ASC Finance for Business Case Study
ASC Finance for Business Case Study
With offices based in Truro and Exeter, ASC Director Conrad Robins is celebrating 30 years of helping businesses in Devon and Cornwall raise the finance they need.
ASC Finance for Business Case Study
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  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established50 years
  • Current UK Coverage60%
  • Franchisee Support Staff15
  • Personal Investment Req.£5,000
  • Total Startup Cost£25,000
  • Office-based business locationYes
  • Business to business servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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30 years supporting local business in Devon and Cornwall!

ASC Director, Conrad Robins, opened ASC Finance for Business in St Austell in 1990. Today, with offices based in Truro and Exeter, he is celebrating 30 years of helping businesses in Devon and Cornwall raise the finance they need.  We interviewed Conrad and his team to find out more about his work with local business.

ASC Finance for Business | Finance Brokerage FranchiseDo you remember your first successful application?

I do indeed, I can even recall the lender – Allied Irish.  It was for a restaurant/wine bar with a bookie upstairs! The client became a friend and we did several deals over the years. Sadly, he’s no longer with us.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Meeting new clients face to face! I really enjoy hearing about their businesses and aspirations.  I haven’t had any face to face meets since March due to COVID.  I haven’t worn a suit since then either….I might never need to wear one again!

What has been a particular highlight/achievement of your career?

I always get a sense of achievement when helping a client realise their business ambitions, especially because we work so closely within and as part of our local community”

Which sectors are you seeing more demand for at the moment?

The hospitality sector is really important to Devon and Cornwall, and is really taking off again in the current climate and the rise of the ‘staycation’. So we are seeing, and expect to see more holiday lets, bed and breakfasts and the like looking to grow and start-up over the next few months.

Another hotspot at the moment, and one we are getting great support from the lenders for, is property investment and development.

Have you had any really unusual clients/client requests for finance?

Apart from the wine bar bookie? We’ve financed fishing boats, catteries and even a dog training centre that featured on an episode of ‘Location, Location, Location’, and more recently a boatyard on the beautiful River Dart.  We’re currently working with an award winning music producer on his studio.

What have been the biggest changes in business finance over the years?

More regulation.  More scrutiny.  More effort and attention needed, even more so now during COVID.

Assistant, Jeannie Cain, has been with Conrad for the last three years. She told us, “Conrad is incredibly hard working. 9-5 is more like 7.30 – 6! He’s very passionate about what he does and the clients he works with. He gives the lenders a real run for their money and often challenges them for the benefit of clients – especially when they ask for unreasonable amounts of paperwork. The proposal summary is key – Conrad spends a lot of time with each client, understanding their proposition – so he is understandably cross if the lender doesn’t take the time to read it!”

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Franchisee John Fuchs left the corporate world to run his own ASC Finance Brokerage.Franchisee John Fuchs left the corporate world to run his own ASC Finance Brokerage.

After five years as Regional Director of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, John Fuchs has never looked back.

What Our Franchisees Say

I joined ASC in 1990, first with just the Cornwall area, and then adding Devon as the opportunities became very quickly evident. During this time, I have seen many competitors come and go, to the point where our market expertise is unrivalled. I look forward to the next ten years.Conrad Robins - ASC Regional Director, Cornwall and Devon

I left a senior position in a major building society because I wanted to take responsibility for my own business. Being part of ASC gives me the rewards for my own efforts and also the support from being part of a team.Ian Morgan - ASC Regional Director Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire

The support offered throughout the process was impressive. I love being my own boss and know that my job and my future are secure. I have gone from being employed, to owning a growing business in an industry that I have a real passion for.Simon Mullens - ASC Regional Director, Hertfordshire

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