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Directors Liability for unpaid PAYE/NIC

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Directors of companies that use HMRC as one of their bankers should take note of a recent tribunal known as ” Roberts”, about their potential personal liability for unpaid PAYE /NIC contributions

In short the finance director was served with a personal liability notice for PAYE and NIC which were deducted from wages but not paid. More details available if required. This need not happen with the correct advice and funding possibilities. There are many alternative business finance  to bank funding such as flexible invoice finance, EFG funding asset refinance and sale and lease back of intangible assets using directors pension pots.

XL Business Finance has been providing alternative funding solutions for over 12 years

 

Business Financing with Adverse Credit

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Although we are officially out of the recession i firmly believe the economy is still on the edge. As such it will be a long time before banks and high street finance companiesgo back to their cavalier days of lending money to any tom dick and harry. It is bad enough getting finance with a clean credit history and even more difficult if you have any adverse credit. this doesnt mean you wont get finance however you can expect to pay more in terms of interest rates and you will also find the security required will be more onerous.

Luckily XL Business Finance has been helping business for many years with all kinds of business financing requirements. We know how to structure a finance proposal to ensure you have the best possible chance of success. We can very quickly find any adverse data recorded against a limited company and it is advisable to get copies of satisfaction certificates or confirmation of settlements in advance of the application. At very least we need to provide an explanation as to how the adverse info came about and what the plans are if any to address the situation.

If as a director of a newly formed limited company or a transaction which requires the provision of a personal guarantee any finance company will carry out a credit check on you personally. They will need permission of course and if you approach more than one finance company this may leave multiple searches and potentially adversely affect your personal credit score. If you are going to be undertaking a round robin of the UK based leasing and invoice discounting companies we recommend that you obtain your own personal credit reference report. This is cheap and easy to do. If you cant be bothered than we can do it but we will require written confirmation to undertake the search on your behalf.

 

 

 

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Business Financing for a new start business

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

There are so many business financing options available for a new start business.  Nearly all the banks can offer a plethora of funding options however which ones are best suited for a new start business.

At XL Business Finance we have been helping many new start businesses for over 10 years and our experience and expertise ensure that a business is provided with the very best business finance options.

Understandably many new starts are drawn to their banks whom can potentially offer  equipment and asset finance, commercial mortgages, overdrafts as well as  factoring and invoice discounting facilities.

It is tempting to go with the bank who are offering a packaged deal however in doing so you might be storing up future difficulties when it comes to obtaining further credit in the future. Banks are very good at giving it to you with one hand and then taking it away with another. For example, we have seen many instances whereby the bank will offer a small overdraft facility in order to win the factoring business. All that happens is that the customer ends up with reduced limits on the factoring facility to counterbalance the overdraft.

In addition we have seen these initial overdrafts being completely withdrawn after a relatively short period of time. The business would have had far better cash flow if they had gone with a more flexible factoring company .

It may also be that a bank will offer you finance to purchase some assets or equipment. They mat take additional security to provide the funding. These deals may seem very attractive in terms of the interest costs however these assets may just as well be financed via a third party leasing company. A little further down the line you find yourself asking the bank for some fundeing  for something which can’t be leased but the bank are fully exposed.

We would recommend that if  third party finance is available at the start then this should be seriously considered so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket.

Business Financing in 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Without a doubt 2009 was the toughest trading year for any business that most of us can remember ( unless you are selling Pizza or home safes!). No one was expecting the recession however with hindsight it is easy to say ” I told you so”.  Twelve months ago there were a dozen or so high street finance companies and banks offering hire purchase and finance lease facilities. At the moment there are only a handful remaining. Many an  independent finance company and bedroom brokers have gone out of business. The longer established independents have the experience and expertise to add value to any business financing. At XL Business we have been helping our clients for over 10 years with their business finance requirements. We envisage the banks being extremely difficult for at least the next 12 months so it is important that you use an expert to help your business with  your funding requirements.

A fellow broker of mine has a brilliant quote on his website ” You wouldn’t go to your butcher for open heart surgery so why would you go to a bank for financial advise” Dick and Rick if you read this quote I will buy you a pint. At XL Business Finance we couldn’t agree more. We reckon for just about nearly every financial product a bank offers we could find another lesser known financialproduct offering the same product either at a better price or with a much better service. This is particularly true of  factoring and invoice discounting products. There are a few instances that we recommend banks but how do you know which one to approach. There are just so many factors that need to be taken into account. One high street bank is very good at export debt for example but only if you are profitable. One high street bank is pretty good at financing contractual debt but how do you know which it is. Give us a call and we can make the referral for you. Its free!!!!

 

Business Financing

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

XL Business Finance can provide a fresh outlook to business financing. Whilst we cannot guarantee every business will have success in obtaining the required amount of funding we believe that if finance is available we will find  a finance company to meet your particular needs. In addition we believe that for every high street bank product there is an independent finance company providing an  alternative. We are not saying that all independents are better than banks. In certain circumstances we do recommend bank products however it is a case ogf knowing what is available so  we have to look at each individual case on its own particular merits.

We believe that any business should spread their finance requirements via various funders. For example this week we have visited a manufacturing business with turnover of approx £1.0m. The business banked with Abbey National which incidentally provide free banking for just running an account. The business had a £20k overdraft facility which against  turnover of £1.0m wasn’t really enough. The Finance Director who had come from an accounting background still wrongly believed that there is a stigma attached to factoring and invoice discounting which in our opinion couldn’t be further from the truth. They believed that they should be moving to a larger high street bank to obtain an increase in working capital facilities.

Moving to a new bank and obtain a packaged deal on funding arrangements can cause major problems. One bank providing invoice discounting or factoring some  equipment finance and possibly a small overdraft has too much control over the business. We have seen and heard instances where a customer has gone bust. The invoice discounting side to the bank inform the branch that there might be a problem and the relationship manager withdraws the overdraft. The result is another business going bust.

Our advice is to spread it around as much as possible. Use one bank to provide a clearing facility, use another financial company to provide your invoice discounting or factoring and use another to provide hire purchase nad leasing for  capital expenditure requirements. This by far the best way of safeguarding you from the banks!

Business Financing

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

There are certainly many forms of business financing. Traditionally one would go to their own banks for a particular form of business finance. Banks can and will offer a whole one stop shop of finance solutions. But how do you know you are getting value for money and the best possible service within the market place. Undoubtedly certain banks have areas of expertise and we will always give credit where credit is due.  However  our complaint is that banks try be everything to everyone and quite frankly that doesn’t work.

In addition it is very dangerous to have all your borrowing facilities with one financial institution. We have recently seen an instance recently where the bank had provided an overdraft and invoice discounting and a commercial mortgage.  Unfortunately one of customers debtors went bust, the invoice discounting part of the bank informed the relationship manager  who then pulled the overdraft and the company went into administration. This would never have happened if the the customer had used an independent factoring or invoice discounting company.

It is very much our opinion that as many different finance products should be spread around as many different finance companies as possible. Whilst certain banks have a good expertise in certain areas i guarantee we could find an independent funder that can provide a far superior service without half as much hassle

Finance in a recession

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The difference between this recession and the last one is that businesses have a much wider option of finance products than they previously had. In particular there are dozens of factoring and invoice discounting businesses providing bespoke funding options.

Not only has factoring continued to thrive in the recession many Managing Directors and Finance Directors are turning to the Crown to obtain payment holidays with PAYE and VAT. Any additioanl cash flow  benefit will greatly enhance chances of survival in these difficult times.

In some cases it may be necessary to restructure the business via a pr-packaged administration. Again there are so many options available to directors than there were 10 or 20 years ago.

Six months the finance  market was in turmoil as many funders were reluctant to extend finance and some funders particularly the foreign owned funders pulled out of the market completely.

On a positive note providing the deal stacks up there are many business financing options available to businesses. There are still adequately funded factoring and invoice discounting business still open for business. Many of these lessor known funders can still provide support for businesses which are basically sound but have come up against financial difficulties  not previously experienced. These are the businesses which the banks have been struggling to assist.

The sooner a we are advised of a problem the sooner we can explore the options and provide a recovery solution.

Barclays profits up to Nearly £3bn

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Although Barclays has announced pre tax profits in their first six months trading profits in retail banking nearly halved. The profits in question mainly came from the banks investment arm which has seen profits double in the first six months of this year compared with the first six months of last year. Barclays investment arm has been attracting corporate investments as they have been shying away from part nationalised banks.

The question is, do these figures suggest an improvement in the banking sector and provide an indication we are on the road to recovery? In our opinion probably not. The fact is profits in the retail sector are half the amount they were this time last year. And it is the retails sector that we are interested in as this is the sector which lends to the SME market. In our opinion credit is still being restricted to the SME market and Business Financing is still difficult to obtain. The banks are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t. On one hand they are being told to start lending to the business sector. On the other hand we are in this mess because of their irresponsible lending. WE are in the middle of the worst recession since donkeys ago so is it no wonder.

 
 
 

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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