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Far better margins if we buy direct from abroad

Monday, September 13th, 2021

We have a client who is a re-seller in the plumbing sector.

For years they have bought goods from UK manufacturers but they have the option to buy the same goods from China for a far better price.

Currently their suppliers give them credit terms but buying in bulk from China, they would have to pay with the order.

The company already uses invoice finance and they simply do not have enough cashflow to do this. We introduced them to trade finance.

The trade finance company advances them the money to pay for the goods and then when the goods are sold to their business clients, the trade finance company also provide the invoice finance until the invoice is settled.

A complete solution from buying the goods to have their customers invoice settled in full.

Buying a competitor

Monday, September 13th, 2021

An existing client of ours saw an opportunity to acquire a competitor where the owner wanted to retire.

XL Business Finance were able to use the assets from the existing business and the business to acquire to finance the full purchase of the business.

This was done through using one of the new challenging banks to provide most of the funds and as XL Business Finance also provide funds to finance and refinance, we were able to provide additional funds by refinancing some of the existing equipment.

Fast growth business

Monday, September 13th, 2021

We were introduced by this company’s accountant as the business was growing quickly and cashflow was becoming a real problem.

They already used invoice finance and their accountant didn’t know what more to do.

XL Business Finance did a review of their invoice finance facility to see that their current provider was not funding the sales ledger sufficiently as they were putting restrictions in place.

We introduced to them a new facility where they received 90% initially of all outstanding invoices and ongoing basis with the remaining amount paid once their customers paid the invoice finance company.

The new invoice finance company also made an additional £120,0000 available to run alongside the invoice finance facility in the event that they ever needed it, especially while growing so quickly.

Telecoms hardware supplier

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Manchester based telecoms hardware supplier required a finance package after securing a deal with a major phone company.

The company supplied hardware to wholesalers and retailers.  They were in a high growth phase and needed cashflow support to allow further contracts to be won.  XL Business Finance arranged £100,000 Selective Invoice Finance facility to support their growth.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

There are a number of schemes available to UK businesses during this time of uncertainty.

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.

Manchester – 0161 980 0577
London – 020 3301 4540
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Business Finance for the construction industry

Tuesday, 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.

 

 

Avoid Becoming a Statistic

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

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