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Can Asset Based Lending provide an alternative to high street banks?

September 5th, 2011

A traditional Asset Based Lender  or ABL predominantly provides  cash flow finance. The main facility they offer will be invoice  invoice discounting however they can also  provide stocking finance, plant and machinery  finance/refinance and for the right customers commercial mortgages as well. Although the banks serve a purpose for many businesses the amount of facilities that are available are often dictated by the size of the balance sheet and and previous years trading performance. Therefore the level of available funding isn’t necessarily related to the amount of available security. How many times  have you heard a business owner say that the bank has plenty of available security but the bank will not increase their facilities

ABL lenders look at things in a slightly different perspective. Whilst it is important that they buy into the business and are comfortable with its trading performance they are mainly concerned with the available level of security. An invoice discounting facility will provide funding of circa 85% of the unpaid debtors. They will also consider providing additional working capital secured against plant and machinery. They will lend anything up to 80% of its value depending on the circumstances around the deal. A true revolving stocking facility may also be appropriate and potentially commercial mortgage funding is also available. In addition an ABL lender is not necessarily after the clearing banking and as such you will be able to leave your clearing with your existing high street. This potentially makes for an easy transition to potentially more flexible and supportive funding arrangements.

 

 

Small Business Finance solutions

September 2nd, 2011

small business financeWe are still living in tough times financially throughout the UK with the emphasis falling on the small business. Finance can be hard to come by for the small business owner.

Often a small business must undertake a large capital equipment investment in order to grow. The balance sheet of the business is often not strong enough to justify a Hire Purchase or Finance Lease facility.

Without capital investment the business can not grow and become more profitable. A chicken and egg scenario.

Small Business Finance is an area in which XL Business Finance has a great deal of expertise. As an independent finance broker we understand the problems of small business finance, arranging equipment leasing and machinery finance for example.

At XL Business Finance we can provide small business finance for investments from as little as £1000. This could be useful for providing tax efficient leasing for office furniture, computer equipment and telephone systems for instance.

Do not think of us as a company who provides you with a one off service to get you up and running then disappears into the night. We work along side many clients for many years providing finance solutions such as factoring, debt factoring or factoring invoice discounting facility.

As an independent factoring broker XL Business Finance can provide you with the best Business finance to meet your specific requirements.

What is a factoring broker?

June 20th, 2011

It makes sense to use a reputable and well established factoring broker. They will undoubtedly find you the best option which will be invaluable when it comes to choosing the right factoring and invoice discounting company for your business.

Unlike asset finance specialists where commission is added into the deal, the factoring broker is paid by the factoring or invoice discounting company from the income they would normally charge.

There are some important factors that need to be taken into account when choosing the right finance company. The biggest factor is to identify whether your business requires factoring or invoice discounting. Not all funders are equally specialised in factoring and invoice discounting. In fact some may just concentrate on one aspect of funding. The size and length your business has been trading needs also to be taken into consideration. High street banks are not always the most appropriate funder.

XL Business finance is one of the North of England’s premier independent finance companies with established links to many of the UK’s leading finance houses. Call us today, we are happy to discuss your specific situation.

Business Finance Alternatives

May 19th, 2011

As I am sure most SME owners agree there are still a  few difficult years ahead when it comes to arranging business finance via the traditional high street banks.

In our opinion banks are in a very difficult position. They are under pressure to start lending to small businesses however many of these businesses are not strong enough to justify bank support. The banks have been heavily criticised in the past for being too cavalier with their lending policy. Rock and a hard stone comes to mind.

Thankfully there are many alternative business finance solutions including cash flow finance, asset finance and refinance, trade finance and EFG funding. More often than not there is always an independent finance company willing to structure a deal when the banks cannot help.

Selective Factoring

May 17th, 2011

Selective factoring enables business owners and managers the opportunity to select which  customers or transactions they would like to fund, collect and insure against a potential bad debt.

Selective factoring looks at the individual transaction rather than the whole balalnce sheet and debtor book. For smaller or new start business it enables a business to factor selective debts without the need to be tied into a 1 or 2 year contract. In difficult times this obviously helps keep costs down. For larger more established business selective factoring enables factoring of individual invoices where whole turnover factoring isnt needed or wanted.

Obvioulsy there are a number of financial institutions that offer selective factoring. We are able to find the best solution for your needs. Contact us today.

Trade Finance explanied

April 28th, 2011

Trade finance provides the ability for business to purchase goods and stock  from within or ouside the UK. The goods can either be pre sold or unsold. Funding is available for just about any scenario however it does depend on a businesses actual circumstances. Just because a business has been declined by a high street bank it doesnt mean funding wont be available from an independent or specialist trade finance company.

For obvious reasons it is far easier to obtain funding for goods that have been pre sold and in certain circumstances 100% funding can be arranged.  XL Business finance can help you obtain the appropriate funding.

Car Finance

April 27th, 2011

At XL Business Finance we believe we can be at least  just as competeitive as any like for like hire purchase or finance lease quote being provided by most UK based  motor dealers.

Any business or director ordering a new or second hand vehicle can expect to obtain funding rates from as little as 3.5%.  Nowadays motor dealers try to earn as much in the finance as commercial finance brokers and as such they are not always the most competitive. There is always the exception to the rule especially when a manufacturer is running a special interest free or interest subsidised promotion.

Leasing and early settlement charges

April 20th, 2011

“Can I get a discount for early settlement ?”  is a commonly asked question in relation to leasing and hire purchase facilities. The answer depends on the type of finance agreement, the actual finance company and their policies.

If you have an non regulated finance agreement  don’t expect big discounts, especially if you are tied in on a fixed rate deal. As a rule of thumb most finance companies will provide a 4% discount for early settlement for a non regulated fiance agreement however they are not obliged to. You are more likely to get a discount on a hire purchase agreement as opposed to a lease.

However we dont think there are not big savings to be gained. As they say “cash is king so you may as well leave the cash in he bank for a rainy day!

Business Finance Alternatives

April 18th, 2011

As an independent business finance broker we are still seeing many businesses looking for additional funding but have been rejected by their own bank. Thankfully there are many independent business finance alternatives that can help where the banks for one reason or another cannot help. Whether it is cash flow finance such as factoring or invoice discounting, asset finance or refinance, import or export finace there are so many viable alternatives. It is even possible to obtain Enterprise Finance Guarantee Funding ( EFG) from some alternative sources. A goodbusiness finance  broker will know at least twenty or so different finance comapnies that can help when the banks wont. In addition they will have the network of fundersd to quickly find you a funding solution

Why do I need bad debt protection?

April 17th, 2011

Bad debt protection can be provided on a stand alone basis or in conjunction with a factoring or invoice discounting facility. When provided with factoring or invoice discounting it is known as a non recourse facility. Bad debt protection can be provided by an independent credit insurance company or it can be provided by your bank or factoring or invoice discounting company. The idea is that you are insured if one of customers go bust. However not all insurance is the same and it is probably worth shopping around as their as some big differences between the banks, factoring companies and independent providers.

 

 

 
 
 

XL Business Finance Ltd is a privately owned and independent business financing company with established links to many of the UK's leading finance houses. XL Business Finance provides a viable alternative to high street banks that lack the flexibility and imagination to provide a solution to most business users requirements. XL Business Finance can provide a full range of business financing solutions and we ensure a high level of customer service and pride ourselves on quick decisions. Our independent status will ensure any offer of funding and asset finance leasing is best suited to our customer’s needs.

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