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Cash flow problems within your business can be solved by looking at several solutions.

Some of those solutions for cash flow problems are financial solutions and involve borrowing money or restructuring existing facilities. The others are operational changes in terms of how you operate your business. Let’s look at each of them briefly:

Working capital facilities

You could look at an overdraft, invoice discounting or factoring facility. If one of these is already in place you could look to restructure to ensure the maximum amount of cash is generated for the minimum cost.

Asset Refinance

If you have any assets within the business you can look at refinancing these assets. This will mean an injection of cash however it can prove costly in terms of interest costs and you should consider the cash flow implications of the monthly repayments. If you already have asset finance facilities in place it may be worth refinancing to reduce the monthly repayments.

Remortgage

If you have a mortgage or an unencumbered property you could look to refinance this to raise money or reduce the monthly repayments.

Collect in money owed

If you have a debtor book it is important to ensure that debts are collected in on a timely basis. Your credit control skills could vastly improve your cashflow. Can you offer a settlement discount to get paid quicker?

Supplier Terms

Can you negotiate better terms from your existing suppliers or can you approach alternative suppliers with a view to obtaining extended terms?

Cost Cutting

Can you cut costs within the business by cutting out unnecessary services, insurances, staff members? You may need to make some tough decisions but you have to protect your business.

Selective factoring was recently set up by Smart Factoring Quotes for a security company based just outside Chester in the North West of England. They had landed a large contract worth over £400,000 over 3 months. They had to invoice monthly on 90 day terms and yet they were paying their security staff weekly.

They approached with a view to spot factoring the 3 individual invoices. We looked at their options and found that selective factoring was by far and away a cheaper option. Selective factoring means that you factor all the invoices of a particular debtor whereas spot factoring means you can pick and choose individual invoices. The difference in this instance is subtle but the difference in cost was dramatic.

Selective factoring worked out almost 10 times cheaper in this instance. The facility will allow our client to take on a lucrative contract and meet it’s weekly wage demands. Profits will be increased because of the selective factoring facility.

Smart Factoring Quotes are proud to announce the launched of their new and improved website.

Our aim has always been to provide business owners with a balanced view on invoice finance. The new site is more informative and we want to be the preferred source of online information for business owners looking for an invoice finance facility. We want to empower business owners to make an informed decision. That informed decision can be about choosing whether or not to use a form of invoice finance, which facility to use or which lender has offered the most competitive terms for their business.

If you are a business owner who is considering entering into an invoice finance agreement or reviewing your existing arrangements make Smart Factoring Quotes your first port of call.

Factoring Companies in the North East include the invoice finance arms of the major banks but also there are a number of independent factoring companies with local offices.

Some actually have operational offices in the North East while others simply employ sales people who are based in the region. In all fairness if you have a business in the North East of England most factoring companies within the UK will be able to assist you. The geographic distance between yourself and you client manager is not a major issue in this day and age.

Smart Factoring Quotes have an office in Ryton in the Tyne Valley just outside Newcastle and offer free, impartial and independent advice about factoring in Newcastle and around the North East. We use a nationwide network of lenders from across the UK to ensure that your business ends up with the lender best placed to meet your needs.

We already have clients in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and the surrounding areas and would be delighted to hear from you.

As an invoice finance broker I speak with a lot of businesses who are looking for cash flow solutions for their businesses.

It would be fair to say that their is a real mixed reaction towards invoice finance and especially factoring. A lot of this relates to the perception that factoring is a last resort and I would argue that this is certainly no longer the case.

However, having read various posts on several forums their seem to be some common complaints about factoring companies. These include hidden costs, actual prepayment not been as high as quoted headline rate, reserves and retentions, lengthy contract periods and poor service levels. Unfortunately in a lot of cases I feel that this business owners do have a valid case.

Another area that received a lot of publicity on the FSB forums is the hefty collect out fees and early termination fees that can be levied by lenders. These can often be totally out of sync with the work load required to collect in any outstanding debts and many view these charges as opportunistic.

If you have any valid complaints and you wish to air these experiences we will accept posts on this forum – please use the comment box below. However, we will not allow “witch hunts” so please do not name individuals and please try to stick to the facts.

If you are looking at an invoice finance facility in Edinburgh your first port of call should be Smart Factoring Quotes. Smart factoring Quotes specialise in arranging factoring and invoice discounting facilities and we understand which lenders are best placed to help businesses in Edinburgh.

Our approach is as follows:

  • we explain in full what your options are
  • We explain all hidden costs and other things that you should be aware of
  • our aim to allow you to make an informed decision
  • we aim to structure facilities to maximise cash generation and minimise costs

If you are a business based in or close to Edinburgh please give us a call. Our aim is to save you valuable time and money by taking the stress and uncertainty out of arranging an invoice finance facility.

Northern Ireland has a new commercial finance provider in the form of Keys Commercial Finance.

Keys Commercial Finance are based in Belfast and Brian Sumner who is the ex CEO of Ultimate Finance is an investor and I understand is also mentoring them. They have entered into a back to back finance facility with Venture Finance who in turn are owned by ABN Amro who are a state owned Dutch bank.

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I quite often speak to businesses who are considering whether to use invoice finance or an overdraft. They will usually ask which is the cheapest.

In short an overdraft is almost always cheaper than an invoice finance facility. I have read on other websites that the interest rates are lower for an invoice finance facility than they are for an overdraft and I would agree. However, the interest or discounting fees on an invoice finance facility is dwarfed by the service fee costs. By way of a simple comparison an overdraft may attract a 1% arrangement fee so for a £100,000 overdraft the arrangement fee is £1,000. This is compared to a £100,000 invoice finance facility where a 1% service fee could be levied against the gross turnover of the business. If the VAT inclusive turnover is £1m then the annual service fee is £10,000.

So is an overdraft cheaper? Typically yes.

So why would a business use an invoice finance facility? In short because an overdraft is not available. Banks no longer secure overdrafts by way  debenture where the major asset is the debtor book.

Therefore for many businesses an invoice finance facility is the only option. If you are one of these businesses looking for a working capital facility to ease cash flow pressures it is important to consider your options. Whether you are factoring or invoice discounting it is important to remember that the lenders are not the same. They all have very different capabilities, criteria and pricing structures.