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Close Brothers Asset Finance funds new crushing and screening machinery

Close Brothers Asset Finance has provided Johnston Quarry Group with a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) backed facility for the purchase of specialist crushing and screening machinery for the firm’s new state-of-the-art limestone quarry in Lincolnshire.

Johnston Quarry Group - the largest suppliers of quarried and mined block stone in the south of England - own and operate multiple quarries across the UK, supplying over 60,000 tons of block stone annually to their customers.

The screener will process the aggregates and sand while the crusher crushes the material to the desired size, allowing for a range of customer specifications to be met.

Andrew McCulloch, Area Sales Manager for Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Construction division: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to support Johnston Quarry Group because, despite the pandemic, demand for their products and services has continued to grow strongly and the new equipment will only serve to strengthen their proposition.

“Having seen the machinery in action, I know it’s already boosted productivity providing tremendous value for the firm as they look to get the most out of their new quarry.

“What’s impressed me most during my site visits is how professionally the quarries are run – for example, every vehicle that exits the quarry is cleaned of any contaminants by high-pressure washers and weigh bridges ensure no over-loading.”  

Steve Johnson, Quarry Manager, added: “It’s been really nice working with a company that wants to get on who you can actually pick up the phone to and to talk to someone to sort things out.

“Close Brothers Asset Finance aren’t 9-5 – Andrew is always available and you can talk to him rather than rely on email, which you never know has been read or has ended up in someone’s junk mail folder.

“To us, this matters a lot because people matter – we get to establish a relationship, which makes it easier to do business.

“Industry knowledge is also really important, which is where Close Brothers Asset Finance really stands out. They’ve been very good for us, clearly understanding what we wanted to do and coming to see us in person rather than just doing a deal remotely.”