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Confidential Credit Control

January 18th, 2012

Need help with collecting payments but don’t need or want  full factoring?  It is not commonly known that it is possible to outsource this function to a specialist credit control company. Why waste valuable time chasing and collecting aged debtors when this can be done on your behalf in a cost effective and efficient manner. Many businesses loose sight that this is probably one of the most important aspects of running a business. XL Business Finance has teamed up with a leading credit control and bad debt recovery firm to provide support and advice to businesses requiring  additional help in collecting their debts.

In additional credit control can be provided in a confidential manner with your dedicated creditor controller working as one of your employees. A number  of these credit control companies also have their own legal team therefore providing a dove tailed solution should a payment become overdue , disputed or bad. In the current economic climate of slow and bad payers there is evidence to suggest that the quicker and harder you hit your bad debts the more likely you are to recover your monies. Therefore if you find your aged debtor report with too many customers in the 90 day plus column you seriously need some help.



Business Finance for the construction industry

January 10th, 2012

Anyone involved in the instruction industry will know how difficult it is to obtain working capital facilities. Due to the contractual nature of invoicing and applications for payment traditional forms of invoice finance are not available. The good news is that there are two or three independent finance companies that can provide funding against contractual debt and application for payments.

Specialist invoice finance companies use their own QS’s to asses work and provide funding that traditionally isn’t available via the high street banks. Whilst prepayments might not be as high as traditional invoice finance and factoring facilities the ability to get 50 or 60% of outstanding payments provides vital working capital for many businesses. As with any form of business finance the finance companies in question are all very different animals and provide slightly different forms of funding. XL Business Finance with over 12 years of experience can help you with speaking to the right funder.



Asset Refinance available from Prime funder

January 6th, 2012

Until now stand alone asset refinance has only been available from specialist  and traditional more expensive finance companies.  However, a prime funder has now entered the market offering to refinance plant machinery and tangible assets providing it is for the right reason. Funds might be required for expansion, deposit on a new machine, an MBO or an MBI.

The balance sheet of the business must be reasonable and the business must have been trading for more than three years. Providing there is a strong rationale for the refinance and the equipment has good value we have a very good chance of obtaining some funding. Businesses which are struggling and need to refinance kit because they  and are struggling to pay creditors may still be able to obtain funding but it will be via a very different type of lender.

Normally it is possible to provide an indication of what is available within 24 hours. All we need to get the ball rolling is a list of plant and machinery to include age make and model. We can then get a value of the kit for refinancing purposes which enables a quick assessment of the viability of the refinance. XL Business Finance is one of the Uks leading funders in asset finance and refinance and we have 15 years experience in doing such deals.




Collecting Cash Before Christmas!

December 6th, 2011

It can be difficult to get payments at  the best of times from your customers without having to deal with  Christmas.  Christmas often sees people spending money on presents  rather than on their due and payable accounts.  The following methods have been expertly provided by Roger Brown of NuOrder Intelligent Financial Business Consulting:

  • Send accounts early.  Sending your accounts out earlier than  normal will help you to get money in quicker and payments on time.   December may see you struggling to receive any money so send them  a.s.a.p.
  • Phone customers.  You might like to ring your customers  prior to their account being due to ensure that you will receive  payment on or around the account due date.  This could reduce the amount  of people likely to pay late.
  • Offer a Christmas discount.  As a  Christmas generosity you can provide a small discount to those  customers who pay their bill prior to the due date.  Your  discount only needs to be 1% or 2% off the total price payable which to a  customer can be a lot, especially when saving to buy their loved one  something special.
  • Deposits.  For new customers wanting to use  your business prior to Christmas you may decide to implement an initial  payment strategy which allows you to collect a portion of money from  your customer, ensuring that you have sufficient money coming into your  business.  Furthermore, if your customers are adaptable to your business  you may decide to ask for a deposit, only during the months of November  and December.
  • Part payment opportunities.  Depending on the  size of your customer accounts and orders, a part payment system might  be suitable for your business.  This system allows you to collect money  on a regular basis over a specified period of time without putting the  customer into hardship.  Again this will help you to collect funds for  your business.
  • Competition.  Again this will depend on your type  of business and what you can offer, however a competition can be setup  for account payers.  You might have a Christmas hamper or go to an  extreme such as a Christmas holiday, in which your customers will enter  free when they pay their account by the specified date.

Getting paid for your goods and services on time is important and  therefore you may need to implement some measures over the Christmas  period to ensure you receive your money when it is due and payable.



Euro Crisis and the possible affect on Business Finance

November 16th, 2011

I think it goes with out saying that the continuing eurocrisis will have a  significant affect on business lending via the high street banks and finance companies. If any of the euro companies default on their debt there is the potential for significant bank write offs which in turn require the banks to recapitalise resulting in less cash for the business borrower. The goods is that there have always been and always will be alternative forms of business finance.

XL Business Finance has for the last 10 years been providing alternative forms of business finance. Whether a business is looking for invoice finance such as factoring or invoice discounting, asset finance or refinance, or alternative forms of specilaist finance such as trade or construction finance there is always an alternative to the high street bank.  These finance companies maybe lesser known but they are often specialists in their particular sector and can often provide alternative and often more flexible and creative forms of funding.


Organising retrospective asset finance

November 2nd, 2011

Ever wished you had funded your cap expenditure requirements instead of paying cash. Did you know it is possible to organise retrospective hire purchase and finance lease deals within 3 months of purchase?

So many businesses come to us asking for additional working capital following cash purchases of  plant and machinery. In today’s economic climate trading conditions can rapidly change and it makes prudent business sense to fund as much as possible. Cash is King as they say.  Funding is available at decent rates, subject to credit of course and  providing you meet the funders lending criteria. If the purchase is more than 3 months ago don’t worry, finance may still be available but it is a different type of funding. Asset refinance is provided by a number of specialist asset based lenders and  it is an area that XL Business Finance has many years experience.

Selective Factoring

October 31st, 2011

It is now possible for business owners and managers to select which customers/transactions they would like to fund, collect or insure against potential bad debt!

Selective factoring offers customers the independence and flexibility that traditional factoring does not. The major benefit to businesses is that Selective factoring looks at individual transactions rather than the whole balance sheet allowing new start businesses to flourish and grow. For larger businesses  it allows them to factor individual invoices, where whole factoring is not wanted or needed. XL Business Finance has been helping businesses for over 10 years find the most appropriate business finance solutions.


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Why use an asset finance broker?

October 20th, 2011

Do you need assistance with finding a hire purchase or finance lease facilities for new or used capital expenditure projects?  XL Business Finance has access to many specialist asset based lenders providing you with competitive deals many of which are not available via the high street banks.

Never has a good asset finance broker been able to add so much  value to businesses in this difficult economic climate. There are many reasons why you should use a broker a few of which are provided below.

Many high street banks are only providing hire purchase and finance lease facilities for their own customers that meet a certain criteria. If your business is good enough to meet this criteria then great. However many are not. If you have a good business but perhaps are fully exposed with your existing bank or you would prefer not have all your eggs in one basket there are still a few prime lenders that deal purely with the broker market providing an alternative to the high street banks. These funders are happy to provide 3rd part hire purchase and finance lease deals which sit alongside your existing agreements.

If your business has however has had a number of issues an experienced asset finance broker will be able to package the deal in the best possible light from an underwriters perspective. This ensures that  you have the best possible chance of success with the most appropriate finance company. There are still many smaller lessor known finance companies that provide funding for many different businesses assets and circumstances. It is simply a case of getting the correct information and making sure we are dealing with the most appropriate funder.

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.


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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