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Emerson Crane HireCrane finance case study

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As the leading crane hire company in London and the South East, Emerson has been at the forefront of an envious list of world-renowned construction projects – Cross Rail, the new Wembley Stadium, London’s Olympic Stadium, even work at Buckingham Palace.

When the company decided to expand its fleet quickly as part of a five-year strategic plan, it turned to specialist lender Paragon.

Emerson, based in Dagenham, Essex, was looking to secure funding for two Liebherr mobile cranes - a flagship 450 tonnes crane along with a 130 tonnes crane - to help grow its successful business further.

The company was keen to secure the larger LTM 1450-8.1 Mobile 8-axle crane with its 85-metre telescopic boom, which is also designed for travelling on public roads.

While the smaller crane, the LTM 1130-5.1 Mobile crane, uses innovative technology to make it flexible and economical to use with its variable outrigger system.

Dealing with Paragon fit all our requirements and we got the two cranes sorted swiftly, which was important to our investment plan.

Syed Sabeel, Financial Controller at Emerson, said: “The support we received from Paragon enabled us to expand our fleet range and provide a new flagship crane, the 450 tonnes over their previous 300 tonnes crane.

“Purchasing the machinery would allow us to enter new markets and remain competitive in the crane industry.

“We now have a vast amount of cranes that range from the smallest, a spider crane, to a Spiering’s mobile tower crane.

What I look for in finance support is how easy funders are to deal with. Then there is the speed of the deal, the cost of borrowing and the credit line."

With its range of cranes, Emerson attracts a versatile mix of contracts that also include unusual jobs like hoisting artworks into the Serpentine in Hyde Park to “dinner parties in the sky”, where guests around a dining table are lifted high above London to dine with a view.

More regular construction work has seen Emerson involved in Crossrail, the new 73-mile railway line spanning Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, across London to Essex.

How Paragon helped

The specialist knowledge of Paragon’s Commercial finance team to create a suitable funding package enabled Emerson to purchase the two mobile cranes that it had set its sights on. It involved working closely with Emerson to meet the company’s finance requirements in a timely fashion.

We pride ourselves on arranging swift, bespoke finance that suits the business we are dealing with - and we don’t shy away from complicated deals.

While standard loans are three to five years, we can arrange loans for longer than that, especially as depreciation values are low for cranes, which have a lifespan of around 30 years or more.

Our aim is to make life easy for the customer and vendor.

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