July 15, 2024
3 mins

Flexible Finance Options for your Audio-Visual Solutions

Key take away points:

  • What is audio-visual equipment?
  • Who can benefit from AV?
  • A case study example
  • Why finance AV equipment?
  • Why offer finance through Bluestone?

In today's dynamic business landscape, having the right audio-visual (AV) solutions can significantly enhance communication and engagement. However, the high cost of acquiring such technology can be prohibitive. At Bluestone, we offer flexible financing options to help businesses and organisations access cutting-edge AV equipment without a substantial upfront investment.

What counts as audio-visual equipment?

Audio-visual equipment encompasses a wide range of devices and systems designed to enhance audio and visual experiences. Common examples include:

  • Projectors and Screens
  • Display Systems
  • Sound Systems
  • Video Conferencing Equipment
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Cinema Equipment
  • Lighting Systems
  • Recording and Production Equipment
  • Streaming and Broadcasting Gear

Who can benefit from AV?

A diverse range of industries and organisations can benefit from AV leasing, making advanced audio-visual solutions accessible and financially feasible. Here are some key sectors that can gain significantly from leasing AV equipment:

Educational Institutions

Schools, colleges, and universities can enhance their teaching capabilities with modern AV equipment. Interactive whiteboards, projectors, and sound systems facilitate engaging and effective learning environments. These institutions can frequently upgrade their equipment to stay current with the latest educational technology, all without a large upfront cost.

Corporate Sectors

Businesses of all sizes can use AV solutions for presentations, meetings, and conferences, improving internal communication and external presentations. Video conferencing equipment, digital signage, and sound systems enhance productivity and create professional settings for both in-person and virtual interactions. Leasing allows corporations to have the latest technology, aiding in smooth operations and impressive client interactions.

Event Venues

Locations that host corporate events, ceremonies, and live performances require reliable and high-quality AV equipment. Projectors, sound systems, and lighting are essential for delivering memorable experiences to attendees. Leasing ensures that event venues can offer state-of-the-art technology to their clients without the burden of high initial expenses, keeping their services competitive.

Entertainment Industry

Cinemas, recording studios, and live music venues rely heavily on advanced AV technology to deliver exceptional entertainment experiences. Digital cinema equipment, professional lighting, and sound systems are critical components. Leasing AV equipment allows these venues to continuously offer the latest in audio-visual experiences ,attracting more customers and staying ahead of industry trends.

Sports Stadiums

Large-scale sports events require robust AV solutions to ensure clear audio and captivating visuals for spectators. High-definition screens, sound systems, and lighting setups are essential for creating an electrifying atmosphere. Leasing allows stadiums to keep their AV technology up to date, ensuring fans have the best possible experience at every event.

So, why finance AV equipment?

Leasing AV equipment offers a range of advantages that make it an attractive option for businesses and organisations looking to enhance their audio-visual capabilities without a large initial investment. Here’s a detailed look at the benefits:

Access to the Latest Technology

One of the primary benefits of leasing AV equipment is the ability to stay current with the latest technological advancements. AV technology evolves rapidly, with new products offering better performance, enhanced features, and improved reliability. By leasing, organisations can regularly update their equipment, ensuring they have access to the most advanced solutions without the need for frequent large capital expenditures.

Spreading the Cost Over Time

Leasing allows organisations to spread the cost of AV equipment over a period of 3-5 years. This payment structure makes budgeting easier, as the costs are divided into manageable monthly or quarterly payments. This financial approach avoids the significant upfront costs associated with purchasing equipment outright, which can be a substantial burden on cash flow.

Preserving Capital

By opting to lease rather than buy, businesses can preserve their capital and maintain liquidity. The funds that would have been used for an outright purchase can instead be allocated to other critical areas of the business, such as marketing, hiring, or research and development. This preservation of capital can be particularly crucial for smaller businesses or start ups that need to manage their resources carefully.

Improved Cash Flow Management

By spreading the cost of equipment over the lease term, businesses can improve their cash flow management. Regular, smaller payments are easier to manage than large lump-sum purchases, allowing for better cashflow planning and stability. This improved cash flow management can be particularly beneficial for businesses with seasonal income fluctuations orthose experiencing rapid growth.

Spread your risk

Over-reliance on your primary funder, e.g., your bank, can be a risky financial strategy. Working with a finance broker gives you access to a wide panel of specialist funders, increasing your available credit lines and spreading your risk.

Dean St, Studios: A Case Study

Dean St. Studios used finance to help fund one of the most advanced Dolby Atmos mixing studios in the world. The studio helps creators to deploy a three-dimensional sonic experience that delivers a new level of listener experience. Being able to deliver audio in this new format helped Dean Street secure work with some of the worlds most respected film and music companies who demand only the highest quality results.

Bluestone received an introduction to Dean Street via Veale Associates, a Bluestone partner and one of the most respected studio design companies in the world. Dean Street’s project incorporated 5 different suppliers and was syndicated between 3 funders so the full project value could be financed. The client was offered both Hire Purchase and Finance Lease options and after reviewing both, the client opted for Hire Purchase agreements as they best met their requirements.

"Bluestone have been a delight to deal with. The whole process was straightforward and dealt with by their excellent personable team."
Jazz Lee, Managing Director, Dean St. Studios

You can read more about the case study here.

Why offer finance through Bluestone?

Want to offer your customers the option to finance their purchases, or considering a new finance partner for your business? By partnering with Bluestone as a trusted finance provider, you can:

  • Get quick finance quotes online and submit applications 24/7 via the Bluestone Portal.
  • Track all your customer finance applications via your Bluestone dashboard.
  • Benefit from our 27+ years of experience in commercial finance solutions that deliver growth.
  • Access competitive interest rates from a diverse panel of 50+ lenders.
  • Realise your growth ambitions with the support of your dedicated Bluestone account manager.
  • Enjoy no contracts, no fees, no pressure - use us when you need us.

If you are running an AV equipment supplies business and are interested in offering your customers the option to spread their costs overtime through Bluestone, simply complete the form below. We'll be in touch soon to learn more about your business, your growth plans, and your customers.

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