All articles by Grant Collinson

Grant Collinson

New Zealand country feature: The Maori the merrier

Strong exports to China and buoyant business confidence are leading to growth and optimism in New Zealand’s asset finance industry, writes Grant Collinson

Leasing is a great industry, tell everyone

In his final Editor’s Letter, Grant Collinson says the leasing industry needs to go out and tell the world what it can do.

Investec acquires motor finance broker

UK lessor Investec Asset Finance has acquired commercial and consumer motor finance brokerage Mann Island Finance for an undisclosed fee.

SGEF signs loan deal to boost German goods in Brazil

Societe Generale Equipment Finance Brazil (SGEF) and German bank KfW IPEX-Bank have signed a €30m loan agreement to support German manufacturers in Brazil.

Close Brothers granted £40m from SME fund

UK lessor Close Brothers Asset Finance has been conditionally awarded a further £40m (€48.4m) from the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Forging the networks of the future

Ahead of the first meeting of second Leaseurope Future Group, Grant Collinson talks to some of last year’s group about the importance of building relationships and asks Leaseurope what’s in store for 2014

Shawbrook asset finance head becomes CEO

UK bank Shawbrook has appointed Richard Pyman, former managing director of Shawbrook Asset Finance, as its chief executive after Ian Henderson resigned from the post.

Aldermore more than doubles asset finance profit

Aldermore Asset Finance more than doubled its net profit in 2013 to £12.7m (€15.3m), up from £6.2m the year before.

Key Equipment Finance stops European new business

Key Equipment Finance has ceased to write new business in Europe and will wind down its entire European operation.

Needs of Gen-Y must drive innovation say The Catalysts

Young customers and how their needs should shape innovation in the leasing industry were at the heart of the debate at the first meeting of the Leasing Foundation Catalysts.