Close Brothers Asset Finance wins top industry accolade

Close Brothers Asset Finance has been named ‘Lessor of the Year’ at the 2014 Leasing World Awards, held on October 1 at One Whitehall Place, London.

Close Brothers Asset Finance operates four key divisions: manufacturing, print, construction and transport.

The event celebrates the most exceptional leasing firms throughout the UK, and the awards are judged by a panel of independent industry experts.

The ‘Lessor of the Year’ award recognises the firm that is deemed to make the best contribution to the leasing market and the development of funding initiatives throughout the UK.

The shortlist included Hitachi Capital Business Finance and De Lage Landen UK.

Commenting on the win, Mike Randall, CEO of Close Brothers Asset Finance said: “We are delighted to have won this highly sought after award, especially given the strength of the shortlist. It’s great to be recognised for the quality of our business model and our expertise in a highly competitive field.

“We’ve had a strong year of trading, remaining committed to supporting our customers reach their goals through creative and sustainable finance solutions.

“Our participation in the Regional Growth Fund has been a key success – to date we have been awarded a total of £70m from the government, which is allowing us to assist businesses from a range of sectors to safeguard and create hundreds of jobs in the UK.

“As we move forward, we will continue to refine our relationships and develop our products to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of the leasing world,” Mr Randall added.