Atlas Acquires Bridgecoast Finance Group.

We are excited to announce the acquisition of Bridgecoast Finance. Bridgecoast was established in 1985 by Laurie O’Brien, and along with his wife, Marie, they have created a terrific business with a loyal client base. Laurie and Marie are staying with the business and have no plans to retire. The directors at Atlas see this as the first of a …

5 Cross industry learnings – Beef to Hospitals to Cheese Makers….

As I cross industries to learn and engage with business owners, I find that there are 5 key learnings that are relevant across all sectors.   While funding new equipment is the key driver, uncovering the “why” is fundamental to understanding the business and to being a true business partner.   Learning 1 – the decision to spend $$$ on …

Why split CAPEX across multiple funders?

Having multiple funders may seem like a pain, especially when dealing with one bank can be challenging at times.   Historically we mature in business by being taught that a bank can provide multiple products, becoming a one stop shop for all financial needs.   Whilst easy at first, SME’s tend to find that the more products they have with …

How many bankers does it take to change a light bulb?

With the fall out of the Hayne Royal Commission, it is easy to poke fun at bankers in an era where finance brokers are increasing their market share (> 17.5% of all equipment finance is completed by brokers) and funding sources are spread across a larger pool of funds.   Whilst light bulbs have never been an asset class of …

Election Policies

With the Federal Election happening on Saturday we are regularly being asked about the different policies of the two major parties and the likely impact on small business and finance. We read this document from COSBOA and thought it might be quite useful, as it gives a summary of the policies they believe are important to business owners. Hope it …

Footy Tipping Competition

Atlas EF and Plus 61 would love it if you could join us for our AFL Footy tipping comp. Our very own ‘Kiss of Death’, Sean Lester thinks that he will be taking home the cash but we would prefer to give it to you. https://www.footytips.com.au/comps/Atlas_Equipment_Finance First Prize :          $300 Second prize:     $200 Third prize:         $100 We will also have  …

New Graduates

Atlas Equipment Finance is incredibly proud of our three graduates who’ve undertaken the Women & Leadership Australia courses. Education is not only important for personal growth, but benefits the entire company. We value our diverse team and all the skills that they bring to the business. See the interviews from the Women & Leadership Australia course.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place – Part 2 – Productivity Tools

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE & TRUSTED PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS – LEAN SIX SIGMA Lean Six Sigma – it’s more than likely you have heard about it but haven’t implemented it. Lean and Six Sigma cannot be described as the latest management fad. They are tried, tested, trusted, and proven productivity enhancement tools and methodologies. WHAT IS “SIX SIGMA”? Six Sigma is an all-inclusive …

Culture – why it’s so important

We believe culture is the single most important factor behind the ongoing success of any business. Culture can be defined as “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”. We all spend a lot of time either sub-consciously or consciously creating a business that we believe gives everyone within our community the best chance of success. …

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place – Part 1 – Business Productivity

Do you agree that every business leadership team’s prime focus is to increase its margin, each quarter and every quarter? Moreover, do agree that improving productivity is the predominant factor to enhancing margin each quarter? Unfortunately, profit margins rise and fall depending on the level of productivity that flows from the leadership team and their employees. It’s therefore essential to …