The warehouse and distribution sector is a highly competitive market, so it is vital to optimise efficiency and keep costs low in order to deliver the best possible service to customers.
As any business grows, its requirements change and keeping up with the latest equipment or software can be an expensive challenge. As a result, leasing offers an excellent alternative to buying. With leasing, warehousing and distribution centre equipment can be added to or upgraded at any time during the lease period, so you will always have the option of having the most up-to-date and efficient equipment to ensure your business stays ahead of the game.
Unlike buying, leasing means you can pay as you use. After an initial payment, you can start benefiting from the equipment straight away and spread the cost over its useful life, so you can be paying for the asset with the income it generates.
Leasing can help improve your cash flow by keeping your working capital free. This leaves you with funds available to reinvest elsewhere in your business and you can take advantage of considerable tax benefits. With an operating lease, lease ‘rental’ payments are an allowable business expense that can be set against profit – thereby potentially reducing your tax bill. Other methods of equipment acquisition, such as outright purchase, do not have the same level of tax benefit.
What assets can be leased?
From a single item to an entire turnkey solution, almost any combination of tangible asset can be included in one lease agreement. Types of equipment that can be leased include:
- Conveyor systems
- Forklift trucks
- Pallet lifts
- Storage solutions
- Warehouse Management Systems
- Pallets and containers
- Shelving systems
- IT hardware and software
- CCTV and security systems
WestWon Limited has a wealth of experience in providing asset finance solutions for a wide range of equipment and industry sectors. For more information on leasing, download the free Essential Guide to Leasing for Business. Alternatively, please call us on Tel: 01494 611 456.