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ASC Finance for Business Case Study
Alison Hunter tells us that her ASC Finance franchise gives her the freedom to run her own business but always with the knowledge of the support behind her.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established50 years
  • Current UK Coverage60%
  • Franchisee Support Staff15
  • Personal Investment Req.£5,000
  • Total Startup Cost£25,000
  • Office-based business locationYes
  • Business to business servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Introducing Alison Hunter from ASC Finance in Fife, Scotland

Why did you join ASC?

ASC Finance For Business Franchise - Alison HunterI was keen on a big change in my life. I had worked for large companies my whole life, never in one place much longer that 3 or 4 years. Some great experiences along the way but I wanted to have more control over my life, to settle in one place and address the balance of lifestyle, reward and satisfaction from work. I actually found ASC whilst researching the idea of finding financial support for starting my own business and then quickly realised the ASC model was exactly the type of business I would enjoy running and with ASC I didn’t have all the heavy lifting involved in setting the business up, it was all there ready to go. 

What do you enjoy most about running your own finance brokerage?

Quite simply control. After numerous years of dealing with layers of management and bureaucracy I am now my own boss. This means I can take decisions more quickly, I can focus on what is important to me, I have much better contact with the end customer and can be so much more productive. Work now doesn’t really feel like work, it is great meeting new clients, understanding what they are trying to achieve and then helping them achieve their goals - levels of job satisfaction are tenfold higher than with previous roles.

What’s the best thing about being part of ASC?

Having the freedom to run my own business, to make my own decisions about what the business is doing day to day but always with the knowledge of the support behind me. It provides the freedom of being self-employed with a big old safety net.

What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t joined ASC?

After many years on the corporate treadmill I was very keen for a change and that was the catalyst that led me to ASC. If I hadn’t joined ASC I would have ended up doing something different but I’m sure I would not have been as successful as I have been.

How is the support you get as an ASC franchisee?

For me the switch to commercial broker was a significant change from my prior work. In addition, even though I had worked all over the world I was making a move to Scotland for the first time and had no contacts on which to build my business. The support from the ASC team was essential in helping me get the business quickly established and generating income. I could not have achieved all that I have with my business in Scotland without the framework ASC provides and the support they give.

What do you enjoy the most about helping clients with their commercial finance?

In my corporate career I achieved many things but always lacked that real connection with the end customer. At ASC I have been able to work directly with people helping them achieve life goals or major lifestyle change. For many of our clients it isn’t just another transaction it is a significant life decision and it is hugely rewarding to be a part of the process and to help them achieve their ambitions. After several years of working in Scotland I often pass businesses that I have helped as I travel around the country and can remember not just the specific deal but the stories behind the people and that is a level of satisfaction and reward I never really achieved in big corporate.

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Franchisee John Fuchs left the corporate world to run his own ASC Finance Brokerage.Franchisee John Fuchs left the corporate world to run his own ASC Finance Brokerage.

After five years as Regional Director of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, John Fuchs has never looked back.

30 years supporting local business in Devon and Cornwall!30 years supporting local business in Devon and Cornwall!

ASC Director, Conrad Robins, opened ASC Finance for Business in St Austell in 1990.

What Our Franchisees Say

I actually found ASC whilst researching the idea of finding financial support for starting my own business and then quickly realised the ASC model was exactly the type of business I would enjoy running and with ASC I didn’t have all the heavy lifting involved in setting the business up, it was all there ready to go.Alison Hunter - ASC Regional Director, Scotland


I joined ASC in 1990, first with just the Cornwall area, and then adding Devon as the opportunities became very quickly evident. During this time, I have seen many competitors come and go, to the point where our market expertise is unrivalled. I look forward to the next ten years.Conrad Robins - ASC Regional Director, Cornwall and Devon


The support offered throughout the process was impressive. I love being my own boss and know that my job and my future are secure. I have gone from being employed, to owning a growing business in an industry that I have a real passion for.Simon Mullens - ASC Regional Director, Hertfordshire


Why Choose Us

Extensive support network

Excellent growth potential

Work life balance

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