Media, Communication & Camera Finance

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Invest in equipment, hiring talent & refurbishing studio spaces

Finance your Media, Comms or Photography business

The media sector has seen dramatic and sustained change driven by a mixture of technological progress and consumer behaviour. The average person in the UK now spends more time online each week than they do watching TV.  Coupled with the preference for digital content for advertising, entertainment and education, demand for the media sector has never been higher.  However, with the number of TV production companies now at over 15,000 for the first time and the number of marketing agencies topping 250k, competition has never been tougher. Agencies producing new media content, photographers, videographers or production studios all need to run with the most up-to-date technology to keep pace with changing demand.  So if you’re looking to fund new IT equipment, cameras, lighting equipment or a complete studio build, Portman can help fund your project.

How does it work?

Efficient Funding for Media, Comms & Photography 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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Fund the latest equipment

The media sector is surfing a wave of huge opportunity. Our demand for streamed content is insatiable, and our patience is at an all time low. We want new and we want it everywhere, and the myriad streaming platforms that have developed in the wake of Netflix is testament to the value of the opportunity. This is a digital wave, powered and enabled by technology. Successful businesses in this sector are those that can keep up with the hunt, investing wisely and in a timely way to maintain a technological edge. Portman can help you make the necessary investment to not only catch up but keep up with technological trends, and stay relevant to consumer expectations.

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Diversify for the Metaverse

It’s coming, not necessarily because we should, one could argue, but someone in San Francisco thought it was a good idea, and we’re all curious enough to see it happen. Wherever the metaverse will exist, it will need media to populate it and enrich the experience. With support from Portman, you can invest now in the skills, talent development and equipment necessary to put your business on the starting blocks.

Our team of experts is ready to help


Elevate the live experience

Having been denied the live experience for nigh-on two years, we were all chomping at the bit to get back out to that muddy field and wave a lighter in the air; to get dressed up and return to the velvet seats of an old Victorian theatre; or to dance in that cool club with the bare brick walls and sticky floors. But while we were waiting, our expectations changed. Now we want the live experience and the digital. We don’t just want a gig, we want an experience. Video, animation, cool design, lighting, sound. It might be what people call ‘Grammable’, or it could just mean audiences want to feel value for their ticket price. Either way, successful media businesses will be those able to serve a resurgent live scene with the creativity, technology and delivery that audiences have yet to imagine. Portman is your asset finance partner in this pursuit, supporting your evolution with a range of flexible, bespoke finance, lease and loan solutions.

How can we support your Media business

Being in the media sector is an expensive business. By its nature it is an industry enabled by creative people using amazing technology, but the rate of progression is taking us in directions previously the preserve of sci-fi. That means the overhead of keeping up with that evolution is rising too. Portman brings a creative approach to supporting creative businesses – with access to over 40 lenders, including ourselves, we have unmatched flexibility in how we build a finance solution.


Hire Purchase

Hire purchase usually involves paying the VAT and a deposit up-front. Fixed monthly repayments are then made, affected by whether you pay off the entire loan over the term or chose 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.

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Lease Finance

Equipment leasing allows a business to acquire hard or soft 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.

Typically, asset finance is provided for high value ‘hard’ assets such as machinery, equipment, or vehicles, but Portman also arranges asset finance for ‘soft’ assets such as IT, fitness, catering, or vending equipment, as well as premises fit-outs, furniture or even air-conditioning.

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Business Loans

Business loans are a way of borrowing money, which is repaid in monthly instalments, including interest, over an agreed term. Business loans are a common way to help smooth out cashflow fluctuations and take opportunities where otherwise they could be missed due to a lack of working capital.

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 which 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

New businesses often need an injection of finance to get them 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, vehicle or stock you need without the large initial outlay.

Using finance for your equipment means that you preserve 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 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.

If your business owns high value 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

Recovery Loans offer an excellent way of making sure your business gets back on its feet after the long-term effects of the pandemic and subsequent supply chain disruption. 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 cashflow. Rates are capped and the government continues to guarantee 70% of the outstanding balance, giving added security for lenders who are now able to consider finance for businesses who 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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Successful Media businesses protect, invest and evolve.

Unlock your potential with Portman Finance Group.

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