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What is a factoring broker?

Monday, 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.

Can I get 120 days factoring finance?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Most factoring companies provide a 90 day factoring service however with some providers it is possible to get close to 120 days without any additional charges.

With most finance companies the clock starts ticking on the day you submit the invoice, however with one or two providers the clock starts kicking at the end of the month.

Therefore if you submit an invoice say on the second of the month the 90 days don’t start until the end of that month.

For many businesses this additional working capital as customers seem to be taking longer and longer to pay. If you are factoring with a company that starts the 90 days the day you submit your invoice you potentially will pay more charges and have a reduced funding line. As soon as you hit 90 days and if your customer hasn’t paid then the value of that invoice will be deducted from your available allowance restricting available cash. In addition if there isn’t enough of an available allowance you will go over your agreed prepayment possibly triggering expensive charges for over payments.

Indeed it has been recently suggested that certain finance companies hold back cheques and don’t pay them to their clients account until a day or so after invoices become disallowed after 90 days therefore triggering charges.

Surely not. The fact of the matter is that customers should be paying within the 90 days and a good factoring company should be collecting debt in the necessary time scale. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen and as such a few extra days funding can make a big difference.

A good factoring broker will be able to add value and select the most appropriate finance company for your particular requirements.

Guide to Factoring

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A quick search of the world wide web will reveal hundreds of thousands of companies offering factoring services. But how do you know which company or service to go for.

Some simple advice will hopefully point you in the right direction. If full factoring is required with full credit control than it is widely believed and  recommended that a specialist or independent factoring  company is better than a bank owned factoring company. Why? Because these smaller companies have been set up with offering factoring and factoring only. They are usually big enough to provide the right level of funding however they are small enough to care about your business and provide the appropriate level of  support and flexibility which is so much lacking with some of the bank based lending services.

Which factoring company is best for you depends on the nature of your debtor book, how long your business has been established, how profitable your business is, the level of turnover and your geographic location. There are many a factoring broker that after only a brief discussion will be able to quickly determine which two or three funders are best for your particular businesses requirements. And the good thing is that the service is usually free. A broker will usually take an introductory commission from the factoring company. All lenders offer commissions to brokers so you can be assured that you will be introduced to the best possible funder

XL Business Finance has been helping business find the best factoring provider for over 10 years and as such we are are in an excellent position to advise and help your business provide the most appropriate ffactoring partner!

Invoice Finance

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Businesses wishing to free up cash against unpaid invoices can use Invoice Finance as a means of assisting with cashflow. There are various forms of invoice finance  and which form of finance is best for you  depends on a various circumstances. A good factoring broker will be able to assist with choosing the right company.

Confidential invoice discounting is best suited for businesses which are well established and have a proven track record of being able to collect their invoices. Adequate systems must be in place and any finance company can make an offer subject to an audit. One of our complaints as a broker is  that we see offers  which in reality we know will not come to fruition. We know exactly which finance companies are able to deliver and which ones will fort short on their promises.

A traditional invoice discounting facility will enable a business to submit invoices and they are able to draw cash immediately. It is very much a trust thing going on and as such a business must be well established and trading profitably.  Some finance companies behind the scenes  will  run a mirror ledger unbeknown to their customer to ensure that nothing untoward is going on. Not all finance companies will do this explaining why some finance companies are happy to offer confidential invoice discounting and some finance companies are not.


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 Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 718737).

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