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Do you need trade finance?

October 18th, 2011

Your goods are pre sold but you don’t have the working capital to purchase your goods in advance. XL Business Finance has over 10 years experience helping businesses with trade finance facilities and has a number of alternative solutions.

For one reason and another many businesses are struggling to obtain financial support from existing high street banks. This is never more true for businesses looking to import goods and products from abroad. The problem is that you have an order in the UK,  your goods have been pre sold, however you don’t have the working capital to purchase the goods in advance. Whilst banks do a certain amount of trade finance it is usually for existing and well established customers with very strong and profitable balance sheets. Banks generally will not support businesses trading for less than 3 years and very rarely will help businesses with marginal credit.

The good news is that there are a number of independent trade finance companies that may be able to assist. It will certainly be easier if your goods have been pre sold as not only will the stand alone trade  finance companies potentially help but also there are a number of factoring companies that also offer trade finance solutions. This is the preferred option for many businesses as a complete financial solution is provided form start to finish. A trade facility is provided for the business to import the goods and once an invoice has been raised in the UK upon delivery the trade finance facility is repaid via a factoring or invoice discounting facility. This factoring facility is repaid when the customer pays the invoice at a agreed future date, ie 30,60 or 90 days hence.

Avoid Becoming a Statistic

September 28th, 2011

The Bank of England’s recent Credit Conditions Survey found that default rates on loans in Q2 increased for small businesses. By acting now, an invoice finance provider can help your business to avoid becoming part of these statistics.

In addition to trying to win new business, companies are equally concerned about whether their existing customers can pay, and on what terms.  Businesses often rely on loans and overdrafts to provide the capital they need; in recent years however, a variety of invoice finance options, such as factoring have helped SMEs to ease their funding gaps.

Not only do these arrangements have more flexibility than bank loans, but they are quicker and tailored to a company’s specific requirements. In both good and challenging markets, invoice finance can provide the flexibility and access to capital that a business needs to thrive and grow. The annual cost of a factoring facility starts as low as 1% of sales so it is a very cost effective option for business owners.

Banks still letting smaller companies down

September 8th, 2011

Data just released from the British Bankers’ Association show that lending to private,non-financial companies reduced by £2.5 billion in June from May, the same level as seen one month earlier.

This is an even larger amount than the average £1.4 billion monthly drop seen over the previous six months; it is apparent that despite government policies and public calls to increase lending to this sector of the economy, there is still reluctance from banks to support those businesses that really need some help.

However, there are alternatives that are still available to smaller businesses; banks are not the only option. Invoice finance could be a viable solution for companies that would otherwise struggle to find the finance that they require. Without the need for additional security a bank may require, Invoice Finance can provide the necessary funding to smooth out your cash flow and provide the working capital you need to survive through these challenging times.

Is the business overdraft dead?

September 7th, 2011

Don’t be surprised that if over the next few months banks start to pull in business overdrafts. There is a very good reason for this and one they will probably never admit. One thing that has come out of the credit crunch is that banks are under capitalised which in turn affects their credit ratings and the cost they borrow money which ultimately affects the rates to the average punter.

When a bank lends money against an overdraft facility it must have far more cash in reserves than any other finance facility. Therefore the more exposure it has against overdrafts the less cash it needs in reserve and as such the better it’s credit rating will be. Therefore if the banks are to improve they must improve their credit rating and one way of doing this is to reduce customers business overdrafts. This has been going on already however news on the street that the banks are up for another tidying exercise.

This will ultimately leave customers in the lurch with possibly no bank based lending alternative. The good news is that there many alternatives to the high street banks. Cash flow finance such as factoring and invoice discounting are credible alternatives. Asset refinance and EFG lending and trade and stocking facilities are also options.

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.

 
 
 

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.

XL Business Finance, Eaton Place Business Centre, 114 Washway Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 7RF UK.

 

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