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UK NICHE FINANCE PRODUCT PROVIDER OF THE YEAR, LOMBARD TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Niche Finance Product Provider of the Year The impact of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) presents challenges and opportunities in almost equal measure. Logistics, customer experience, risk & regulatory management, the storing and processing of data - these are all key tasks that demand an optimised technology estate. Alongside this, the workforce increasingly looks to the IT department to give them the flexibility and security to work anywhere, any time, on any device. The pressure is on to embrace the technology assets that make all this possible. The question is how to do so within the constraints of reduced IT capital and operating costs? Lombard combines an innovative approach with long standing experience in finance for technology assets. In short, we give businesses an affordable way to get the assets they need to optimise operations and deliver workforce mobility. Enhanced agility

LOMBARD Get in touch. Visit: lombard.co.uk Call: 0800 502 402 Minicom: 18001 0800 502 402 Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Lombard North Central PLC. Registered in England & Wales No.337004. Registered Office: 280 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4RB.

We help organisations maintain their competitive edge by developing an agile approach to technology. We can fund assets across the spectrum, from major infrastructure projects like servers and networks, to technology assets used by individuals. Software assets can be financed too, making sure that business-critical software - such as ERP and CRM systems - remains fully supported. One of the first providers to specialise in finance for technology assets, we've now been doing so for over 20 years. Our track record in meeting the needs of FTSE 250 firms and other large business environments is built upon an adaptable approach. Customers can pick and choose the elements they want - from straightforward finance options to full service offerings. Technology is increasingly defining the world of work. Asset finance is a way to make sure it's working to the benefit of your business.

UK NICHE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (MANUFACTURING), LONGTHORNE GUNMAKERS LTD

English Gunmakers ‘Longthorne’ have taken the world of gun making by storm. From an initial concept in 2006, the company now have a state of the art factory in Northampton, England where they combine traditional skills with the latest and greatest technological advances in both machining and materials to produce their fine English shotguns. This family company now have several patents relating to their unique barrel design ensuring not only a very strong and light gun, both very desirable features, but also with significantly reduced felt recoil and ‘muzzle flip’, their guns come with fixed choke as standard and can also be proofed for magnum steel shot up to ‘full’ choke which, given the uncertainty of whether lead shot will be banned at some stage in the future (as some countries have) is a distinct advantage. Considering that the company started their gun making business as a subsidiary of their precision engineering business in a small ‘barn’ in Lancashire, they have made significant strides both in terms of investment, risk and time to get where they are today. Which can only be a reflection on how their products are respected within the shooting community. Despite their substantial growth, Longthorne still pride themselves on retaining personal approach when it comes to Clients and staff, and endeavour to go the extra mile whenever possible. Directors James Stewart, his wife Elaine and daughter Chloe are all involved in the business, whilst James concentrates on the design and production aspects, Elaine controls administrative issues and Chloe creates the exquisite engraving designs which embellish their guns. ‘Longthorne’ fully support the need to train for the future and after having engaged one successful apprentice last year are planning to take on two or three more apprentices this year to work alongside their core staff and work with the local college to source suitable candidates. ‘Longthorne’ have also just announced their first international Dealership in Belgium to a company with a similar family orientated ethos, ironically Belgium is a country renowned for the manufacture of guns, hopefully the first of many such overseas dealer relationships. Longthorne Email: admin@longthorneguns.com Tel: +44 (0) 1772 811215 Web: www.longthorneguns.com

So, what does the future hold in store for ‘Longthorne’, short term the company are planning to launch several new models this year to complement their over/under ‘true sidelock’ models, including a side x side and a boxlock model and have already dabbled in the sporting market having recently sponsored a young olympic trap hopeful, for whom they have made a high rib gun to suit him and his discipline and long term it’s onwards and upwards!

ACQ GLOBAL AWARDS 2017  

ACQ5 is proud to announce to the world the winners of the ACQ5 Global Awards 2017. The 2017 ACQ5 Global Award winners represent the best o...

ACQ GLOBAL AWARDS 2017  

ACQ5 is proud to announce to the world the winners of the ACQ5 Global Awards 2017. The 2017 ACQ5 Global Award winners represent the best o...