Hello, I’m Colin Chastey.
I believe all businesses, no matter what their size, should have access to the funding they need to grow. I also believe in relationships and great customer service.
In my experience, small and growing businesses do not always know that there are so many more options than just traditional banks. Plus, larger businesses often need more agile and appropriate solutions than traditional lenders can provide.
All businesses need a person to speak to. A person to help them understand all the options so an informed decision can be made… that’s me, the Asset Finance Man.
I can work directly with my customers to source funding, or with their Accountants, Lawyers, Insolvency Practitioners and suppliers of machinery and equipment. I receive a commission payment from the funder, not the client, which will vary depending on the lender and the finance agreement.
A little more detail…
I’m a ‘Devon boy’ from Folly Gate, near Okehampton. My mother grew up on a family farm, which her brother ran until foot and mouth hit. I spent many days helping out on the farm during school holidays.
My father worked all his life for BOCM Pauls as a lorry driver delivering animal feeds and collecting grain, and again, used to love travelling all over the county to help him with his work. My parents are still in Folly Gate and very much part of the community.
With a love for numbers as a youngster, I always wanted to get into finance and so worked at Barclays in Okehampton initially and then across various branches in Devon, most of which are shut now!
With a very successful career behind me from cashiering in Barclays at 16 to becoming a local Business Manager, and most recently holding the position of Regional Director within a national finance company, I have learnt and developed within every role.
In May 2022 I became an Appointed Representative of an independent finance broker, EFT Finance Limited, so I can help businesses of all sizes across the West Country source the commercial funding they need to grow and fulfil their potential.
This is the best of both worlds for me – I am responsible for exceptional customer management with EFT on hand to support the best partnerships with lenders and ensure regulations are met.
My passion is meeting people, understanding their businesses and finding the best solutions for them to achieve their growth plans. Being an independent finance broker, I get to do this every day and with access to almost the whole market through EFT I am able to source the best deal for each customer.
I now live near South Tawton on a small farm with my wife Kate and our selection of four legged friends. Kate runs her own business too – The Passionate PA. We love renovating our old farmhouse and spending time out in the countryside, as well as sunshine holidays and adventures further afield.
I’m also a life-long Plymouth Argyle fan… come on you greens!