FEA has put together a Guide to Leasing, which looks specifically at how foodservice sites can spread the cost of purchasing equipment.
The Guide looks at the benefits of leasing and considers some of the alternative finance options, such as hire purchase. A ‘frequently asked questions’ section covers a variety of areas, such as VAT and tax benefits. It also talks about what to look for in the small print, to avoid any issues.
Steve Hobbs, chair of FEA, said: “When times are tough, finding the cash for a new commercial fridge, oven, dishwasher or other professional appliance can be tricky.
“This is where alternative finance options, such as leasing, come into their own. In fact, the Covid-19 crisis has led to the development of increasingly flexible finance packages, notably with features like low-start payments or even payment holidays, especially at the beginning of the arrangement, designed to give the operator a leg up to help build business.
“The FEA Guide to Leasing gives operators the information they need to know.”
Alternative finance options also help operators overcome budget restrictions that otherwise might prevent them from buying the best and latest equipment, which can be more energy efficient.
Hobbs added: “Leasing, and other alternative finance options, are a great way to benefit from the latest models – in fact, with many leasing arrangements, you can upgrade equipment during the lease to a newer model, to help you stay ahead.”
The FEA Guide to Leasing is available to download from the news section of the FEA website.