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ANNUAL INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE INCREASED TO £1 MILLION AND NEW CAPITAL INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE ANNOUNCED IN THE BUDGET

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is to be increased from £200,000 to £1million from 1 January 2019.  The announcement should provide a welcome boost to business investment during the Brexit transition period and will return to the £200,000 limit in January 2021. Businesses can claim 100% capital expenditure incurred on most items of plant and machinery of up to £1million a year.

In addition, a new allowance was announced – the ‘structures and buildings allowance’ (SBA) which will give tax relief on eligible construction costs on non-residential buildings and structures from 29 October 2018. The relief will be given at 2% a year on a straight-line basis over a 50 year period.

Under the current system, buildings and structures do not qualify for capital allowances, but allowances are available for plant and machinery inside a building.  Structures and buildings qualifying for the new allowance will include offices, retail and wholesale premises, walls, bridges, tunnels, factories and warehouses. Capital expenditure on renovations or conversions of existing commercial structures or buildings will also qualify. The new allowance will not apply to dwellings or to expenditure on the land itself.

Other announcements in the budget affecting business include:

  • The personal Income Tax allowance for 2019-20 will be increased to £12,500
  • Basic rate band increased to £37,500
  • Higher rate band £37,501 to £150,000
  • There is no change to the rate of Corporation Tax, which stays at 19% for the financial year beginning 1 April 2019.
  • Two significant changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief were announced:  Claimants must have a 5% interest in the distributable profits and the net assets of the company to qualify, and separately that the minimum period, during which certain conditions must be met to qualify for the relief, is being increased from one to two years.
  • From 1 April 2020, the amount of payable tax credit that can be claimed under the R&D SME tax relief scheme will be limited to three times the company’s total PAYE and NIC payments for the period. Any loss that cannot be surrendered can be carried forward and used against future profits.
  • The changes recently made to IR35 arrangements in the public sector are to be rolled out to the private sector. The widening of the off-payroll working rules will take effect from April 2020 for medium and large organisations. Small firms will be exempt.  These changes could see thousands of contractors and consultants paying more in NI contributions and income tax.
  • Smaller retailers in England, occupying shop premises with rateable values under £51,000, should benefit from a cut of 1/3 in their business rates bills for 2 years from April 2019.
  • The present VAT registration limit (£85,000) and deregistration limit (£83,000) will continue to apply for a further two years; until 31 March 2022.
  • The special rate of writing down allowance is being reduced from 8% to 6% from April 2019.
  • From 6 April 2020, the government will change the insolvency rules so that taxes collected on behalf of employees and customers, primarily employees PAYE and NIC and customers VAT, will be treated as a preferential creditor on winding up rather than distributed to other creditors.

 

XL Business Finance Monthly Newsletter – October 2018

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Our Newsletter this month includes information about a new product providing up to £3million in flexible funding.

 

Click here to read our October Newsletter

£15 Million secured for UK Businesses

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Small businesses turned down for loans from the UK’s high-street banks have received over £15 million of funding thanks to a government matchmaking scheme.
Over the past 12 months, 670 businesses have raised over £12 million of funding through the Bank Referral Scheme, four times what was raised in the previous year. Since it was introduced in November 2016, more than £15 million has been sourced for businesses across the country.

The Bank Referral Scheme requires Britain’s biggest banks to pass on the details of small businesses they have turned down for loans to online credit brokers. The brokers then help those businesses to source funding from alternative, and often smaller, lenders.

Rejected businesses are now automatically offered the opportunity to be referred to three online credit brokers: Alternative Business Funding, Funding Options and Funding Xchange.  Each platform provides access to a range of lenders and products, including business loans, revolving credit, asset finance and invoice finance.  Loans resulting from the scheme ranged from £100 to £1.3 million and the average size of a loan secured was £17,285.

Revolving Credit Facilities

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Download our Guide to Revolving Credit– a facility that allows you unlock cash tied up in unpaid invoices, stock and/or work in progress (WIP).  The facility is completely independent from your existing business banking with limits of up to £3 million.

It works much like an overdraft: businesses receive a limit and they can draw down funds and make repayments as often as they like in a given month.  If you don’t use the facility there are no charges so well worth a further look.  We manage the application process on your behalf and decisions are made quickly.

Click Here to download our guide and contact us to discuss your funding requirements.

Fancy a £5,000 boost to grow your business?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The Small Business Grants initiative from SmallBusiness.co.uk is a free-to-enter monthly competition that gives small businesses a chance to win a £5,000 grant to invest in their company’s growth. This is a private business grant and does not have to be paid back.

Eligible businesses can apply for FREE via a simple Grant Application form. Every month, a shortlist of leading entries will be sent to a panel of independent judges who will decide on the winner, considering factors such as turnover growth, innovation, aspiration, key projects completed, contracts won and partnerships forged.

To apply, click here

Funding options regardless of trading history

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Businesses come in all different shapes and sizes and each has their own story. Some lenders look at the business and its financial records to asses their ability to repay the loan based only on factual information and trading history. Of course this is a very sensible tactic but sometimes a negative history is not what it seems and can often be explained. Our staff talk to lenders and explain our client’s back stories allowing the lender to make an informed decision.

After sending a loan application on behalf of a client recently we were surprised when the application was rejected by one of our usual lenders. We had provided all the information required, the company was profitable and had shown growth. It became clear that the Directors had experienced a previous liquidation and this was the reason for the rejection. We tried all our usual lenders with no luck but we didn’t give up. There was a very valid reason for the previous liquidation and we were able to explain this to one of our lenders and secured a £50,000 loan for the client.

To discuss your lending options get in touch with us.

Hundreds of Grants for UK Businesses

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Local Government departments and councils who have regeneration targets often meet these goals by providing grants to businesses for specific projects. The project will tackle the issue (for instance: reducing unemployment or filling empty shops) by rewarding the business in the form of a grant to employ staff or refurbish shop premises.

Although this ‘free money’ is available – it is rarely promoted because councils do not have the capacity to cope with the high demand. Therefore eligible businesses often miss out on this funding which has the opportunity to be influential to the success of their businesses.  We are experts at both searching for and applying for grants. Some of the funding currently available includes:

• £10,000 for businesses who develop digital innovation
• An award for businesses who improve communities in Greater London
• £100,000 of branding and marketing support for food businesses
• £20,000 for young entrepreneurs to develop new ideas
• Up to £50,000 for Scottish businesses that promote workplace equality
• Up to £12,000 for farmers to buy new equipment
• Up to £250,000 for businesses in Leeds for capital investment
• 21 different funding programmes for businesses in the Construction industry

There are many more grants, awards and training programmes across the UK. Contact us today to find out if there are any relevant schemes available for your organisation.

Scale-up Businesses struggle to find funding

Monday, January 29th, 2018

A scale-up business is recognised as a young organisation with at least 10 employees which grows by an average of 20% each year. Scale-ups are of huge importance to the UK economy providing jobs, inward investment and innovation.

However, scale-up businesses often find it difficult to source finance from mainstream funders due to a lack of trading history, asset value or limited management experience.
Grants and regional funding options exist, but many are for very early-stage development rather than growth. Bank Loans are an option for companies with solid cash flow that can support the interest payments. However, new global capital regulations designed to make banking more stable have made it harder for banks to offer large overdrafts, and so alternative options are often required by businesses looking to raise finance.

Invoice finance is a popular way for scale-up business-to-business (B2B) firms to unlock vital working capital as it grows with your business. Working capital finance options for high-growth business-to-consumer (B2C) firms are less obvious. However, a relatively new type of lender is emerging offering merchant cash advances where businesses repay a fixed percentage of revenues.
Many crowdfunding platforms exist, including equity and non-equity options. When it comes to investing in new equipment, there are plenty of options available. Asset finance, otherwise known as asset leasing or lease rental, has been around for many years and for good reason, but not everyone is aware of how it can benefit them.

Asset leasing is a tax-efficient and flexible way to purchase the equipment you need without compromising your cash flow, and is suitable for all industry sectors and any size of business. Terms are available from one to five years with only a minimal deposit required in most cases.

Ultimately, there’s no easy answer for financing a scale-up and businesses may need to share the risk and look at numerous options. It does depend on your approach to risk, your attitude to giving away part of business, and your company’s ability to finance a debt.

To see how we can help you grow your business by providing funding options to suit your needs, contact XL Business Finance today for an initial discussion.

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