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To maximise opportunities in this dynamic landscape, harnessing the power of entertainment and gaming equipment finance becomes paramount. How can you propel your venture forward during this exciting phase? Discover how tailored financial solutions can fuel your success and keep you at the forefront of this ever-evolving market.

How does it work?

Simple Funding for Entertainment, Amusements & Arcade Businesses

We know that finance can sometimes be confusing and stressful, but what we do is simple.

1. Get started in 1 minute.

Enquire without affecting your credit score.

2. Understanding your business.

A dedicated account manager will discuss your needs and collect documentation.

3. Our experts do the leg-work.

We find the right deals, complete applications on your behalf and get you a no obligation quote.

4. Your no-fuss finance is funded.

If accepted, your assets will be bought and delivered or the finance released to your account.

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What is Entertainment and Gaming Industry Finance?

Finance for the entertainment and gaming industry is a strategic tool tailored to elevate businesses within this dynamic sector. It facilitates equipment acquisition, venue enhancements, and innovative upgrades without substantial upfront costs. Offering adaptable payment structures through options like hire purchase and lease finance empowers businesses to own assets or lease equipment suiting varied needs. 

These finance solutions encompass strategic investment opportunities, including business loans for growth and start-up support. Innovative refinancing options and recovery loans further fortify businesses, enabling reinvention and resilience in challenging times. Ultimately, this specialised finance serves as a catalyst for innovation, growth, and success within the entertainment and gaming landscape.

Find out if you’re eligible for finance today, and speak to our expert team for further advice.


Ways to Empower Growth with Entertainment Finance

Entertainment and amusement finance stands as a pivotal game-changer within the vibrant industry, offering businesses the means to revolutionise their offerings and experiences. It goes beyond mere financial assistance; it’s a strategic tool empowering businesses to reshape their venues and capitalise on emerging trends, ultimately amplifying their market presence. Here’s why it matters:

  • Access to Cutting-Edge Equipment: Finance options facilitate access to the latest entertainment and gaming equipment, enabling businesses to keep their offerings fresh and enticing.
  • Enhanced Venue Appeal: With finance, businesses can create spaces that cater to a wider audience, attracting diverse demographics and appealing to different preferences within the entertainment landscape.
  • Elevating Customer Experience: Finance empowers businesses to invest in creating immersive and unforgettable experiences. From VR installations to unique gaming setups, businesses can craft experiences that keep customers coming back for more.
  • Staying Ahead of Trends: By leveraging finance, businesses can stay abreast of evolving trends, ensuring their venues remain relevant and exciting in an ever-changing entertainment landscape.
  • Staying Relevant: The entertainment and gaming industry is evolving rapidly. Finance allows businesses to adapt and capitalise on emerging trends, whether it’s the latest gaming technology, interactive experiences, or social media-driven engagement strategies.

Flexibility for Innovation: Access to finance fosters an environment where businesses can experiment with new concepts and ideas, fostering innovation and staying ahead in an increasingly competitive market.

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What are the Entertainment & Gaming Finance Options?

If you’re new to finance, we can help you understand what finance option type may be best for your company and business. From finance for equipment to loans that can be used to improve any area of the business model, you can find a quick rundown of the finance options available for the entertainment and gaming industry below. If you have any further questions, please contact us today for more help and advice. 


Launching Your Entertainment Venue and Utilising Finance Wisely

Launching an entertainment/gaming venue necessitates strategic planning and financial support. Here’s how to kickstart your venture using finance:

  • Define Your Venue Concept: Identify your venue type and create a compelling concept that appeals to your audience, outlining a detailed business plan. Create a unique ambience that resonates with your target audience, aligning décor and aesthetics with your venue’s concept.
  • Innovative Gaming Tech: Invest in state-of-the-art gaming technology and interactive experiences that elevate entertainment offerings. Allocate finances for ongoing tech support, maintenance, and updates to ensure smooth operations.
  • Enhance Customer Experience: Invest in cutting-edge equipment to create an immersive experience for visitors and cater to diverse demographics.
  • Social Media Engagement: Develop a robust social media strategy, investing in content creation, influencer collaborations, and engaging posts to build an online community. This is where your target market is spending their time.

How can we support your Entertainment & Gaming business?

There is a vast range of ways you can utilise entertainment and gaming finance for your business. For example, investing in the latest machines or adding vintage arcade games to your venue transforms the level of service offering. This means you can offer your customers and provide the gaming types and styles they will appreciate most. More variety means appealing to a wider customer base. You can also update other amenities and facilities on your premises or even complete an entire refurbishment with the help of a finance solution. But what finance option is right for you and your plans?


Hire Purchase

For equipment, either games or even kitchen appliances, to provide a food offering, you can take advantage of hire purchase finance. This involves paying VAT and a deposit upfront for a piece of equipment and fixed monthly payments thereafter. These payments are affected by  whether you pay off the entire loan over the term or choose a final balloon payment. The final option to purchase is guaranteed for a nominal fee, transferring ownership of the asset to the customer.

Hire purchase is well-suited for situations where a company definitely wants to own the item at the end of the term, often where the asset has a significant usable lifespan, a high residual value and will not need to be upgraded. Like classic gaming machines or high-quality kitchen or bar equipment.

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Lease Finance

When it comes to ‘soft assets’ you should consider equipment leasing, which allows you to acquire assets without the upfront costs associated with large purchases. A lender purchases the item, the business then leases it through fixed monthly payments over an agreed term. This is a great option if you’re looking to improve facility offerings in your venue with better bar equipment, coffee machines, vending machines and the like. Even furnishings and air-conditioning are great options for lease finance. However, you can also utilise this finance option for highvalue ‘hard’ assets such as machinery, equipment or vehicles.

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Business Loans

If you’re looking for a way to help smooth out cashflow fluctuations and take opportunities where otherwise they could be missed, choose a business loan. This allows you to borrow money and then pay it back in monthly instalments, including interest, over an agreed term. For the entertainment and gaming industry, it’s a great way to improve the experience of your venue over a range of areas, from investing in the team to marketing efforts. 

Business loans can be secured or unsecured. Portman typically provides unsecured loans, which can be more flexible and do not require collateral but are likely to require a personal guarantee. Secured loans are tied to an asset the lender can claim ownership of if repayments are not made; these may be used in equipment refinance deals.

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Start Up Loans

A new entertainment and gaming business will often need an injection of finance to get off the ground. Asset finance for new businesses allows you to focus on running your company and bringing in customers, confident that you have the equipment, facilities or products you need without the large initial outlay.

Using finance for your equipment means preserving the credit card or overdraft for contingency and operating expenses when the unexpected happens.

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Equipment Refinance

If you recently bought a high-value item outright, like a state-of-the-art gaming experience, but would now prefer to have financed it, we can help with a sale-and-lease-back agreement. If the item is less than 3m old, give us a copy of the invoice, and we will calculate the current value. After a few checks and acceptance of the term and monthly repayments, we can give you the cash equivalent of the invoice to put back into the business. You’ll then make fixed monthly payments, including interest, whilst your asset earns you money by increasing footfall and turnover.

If your business owns highvalue assets that are not currently on finance, subject to a valuation, it is also possible to use them as security for a loan, with lenders offering a cash loan up to a % of the asset’s value.

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Recovery Loans

Is your entertainment and gaming venue still struggling to get back on its feet after the long-term effects of the pandemic? Recovery Loans offer an excellent way to gain some breathing room while you work on getting customers back through the door and elevating the service offering you provide. Businesses with turnovers up to £45m, including those who have previously benefited from the government’s CBILS, BBL or RLS, can apply.

Recovery Loans can be used for any legitimate business purpose or simply to provide cash flow. Rates are capped at 14.99%, and the government continues to guarantee 70% of the outstanding balance, giving added security to lenders who can now consider finance for businesses that may have previously found it difficult to obtain.

Up to £2m can be borrowed on terms from 2 to 6 years. Your personal private residence cannot be taken as security.

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Entertainment & Gaming Finance FAQs

Looking for more information on how you can utilise entertainment and gaming finance to transform your business? Here are our most frequently asked questions when it comes to entertainment and gaming finance to help you with your queries. If you require further information and advice, please contact us today. Our expert team will be happy to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have.

What is a VR Arena?

Are you looking for a way to level up your service offering in your entertainment and gaming venue? The future is all about VR, which is Virtual Reality for those old-school arcade game lovers. By adding a VR arena to your site, you can drastically improve footfall and turnover by catering to the next generation of gamers looking for a new experience. In the UK, over one million people own a VR headset. By offering a complete VR gaming experience at your site, you can cater to these VR lovers as well as introduce those interested in this new gaming type to a whole new world of gaming. 

Learn more about hire purchase options that can assist you in acquiring the latest VR technology.

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Are there specific finance options available for startups or small businesses in this industry?

Yes, we cater to businesses of all sizes. Our finance options are tailored to accommodate the unique needs of startups, small businesses, and established enterprises within the entertainment and amusement sectors.

How quickly can equipment financing be arranged?

The timeline for financing approval varies depending on several factors. Typically, our process is designed to be efficient, and we aim to provide prompt decisions to meet our client’s urgent equipment needs.

Can financing cover both new and used equipment purchases?

Yes, our financing options can cover both new and used equipment purchases, offering flexibility to businesses looking to upgrade or expand their inventory.

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