Happy Birthday to Us!
Over the weekend we celebrated CAVA Finance’s 8th Birthday!
We have just about recovered and have had some time to reflect on the journey over the last eight years. It’s full of great memories, brilliant customers and suppliers and we are looking forward to what comes next.
It all started back in 2011. With over thirty years of experience in the finance industry, Mike set out to provide a full suite of finance products to business users as an independent finance broker and CAVA Finance was created.
We wanted to share some of the highlights from CAVA’s history so let us take you on a journey!
Where would we be without our clients?
A special mention is needed for three of CAVA’s first customers, Greenfingers Landscapes Ltd, CAS Products Ltd and HCS Group Ltd. We are proud to say that we still work with all three clients today, eight years on!
Who we work with
It’s not just our customers who have a special place in CAVA’s history, but our two main trusted suppliers. We’ve worked with Clive Knight Commercials and David Fishwick Minibus Sales for a long time now, ever since Mike took persistence to a new level. The outcome? A long-standing business relationship that we hope continues for years to come.
A Solid Deal
As you know, we specialise in several areas of vehicle finance and do also finance assets from printers to landscaping equipment. During our time we’ve been asked to help secure finance on some more unusual products. One standout deal would have to be a Putzmeister Concrete Pump which we financed Sprayed Concrete Solutions Ltd, in Southport. It was a large piece of equipment costing £52,000+VAT!
What’s in a name?
CAVA wasn’t ‘Christened’ with a name until July 2011. After trying to come up with something suitable, Mike had a 3AM brainwave whilst driving on the way back from the airport. Despite what you might think, it’s got nothing to do with a love for the fizzy stuff. CAVA is actually an acronym for Car and Van, put it together and you’ve got, CAVA!
Building a Brand
If you worked with us in the early days then you might still have a vintage CAVA car air freshener. Or perhaps you recall Mike sporting our CAVA polo shirt which we had made a year after starting out, in 2012, followed by the jacket Mike is modelling below. Since then we’ve seen the website undergo a makeover in 2017, both to modernise and improve the way customers can get in touch with us.
As with many businesses nowadays, social media is a must have. We’ve been on the social scene for years now, so if you’ve not yet followed us, then do so on Twitter or Facebook and don’t forget to connect with Mike on LinkedIn!
A good sport!
If you keep up with our latest news, you’ll know that Mike Bailey is an avid fan of most sports, but particularly Golf, Cricket and Football. Mike took some time to celebrate CAVA’s Birthday a little early, attending the last couple of Bury FC matches and watching the team earn their promotion! Back in 2012 CAVA arranged finance for and sponsored the Bury Youth Team’s new mini bus too, which you can see here.
It’s a done deal
We’ve been around for a while now and we’ve had a look back through at our hard work over the years. Since CAVA Finance started, we’ve secured 750 deals for our customers. We are firm believers in customer service which is probably why 65% of our customers return to us again and again.
Thanks for taking the time to read our Birthday blog! If there’s anything you’d like to know about CAVA that we’ve not mentioned then don’t hesitate to get in touch.