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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.

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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Settlement discounts can make a very valuable contribution to the bottom line of a company. I have recently looked at 2 invoice finance requirements where the companies were looking to access cash with a view to taking advantage of settlement discounts from suppliers.

One company was able to negotiate a discount of 5% and the other was able to negotiate a discount of 3%. Given their turnover this discount made a considerable contribution to their profits. This has to be compared to this costs of an invoice finance facility but in both these instances it was a viable model for increasing profits.

It could be worth exploring what settlement discounts are available to your business from it’s suppliers. Remember to explore what invoice finance options are open to your business and be sure to understand the full costs involved.

North East Factoring

As a business owner in the North East factoring could provide your business with the cash flow solution it needs to grow and prosper. It is no secret that businesses are taking longer and longer to pay their invoices and as such many business owners have cash tied up in their debtor book. Factoring could be the answer to your cash flow problems but it is important to understand all costs and risks.

Smart Factoring Quotes has an office based in Ryton, Newcastle and works with local businesses to explain not only the benefits of invoice finance but also the costs and risks involved. You can contact us for impartial advice. We are happy to answer any questions and we are totally independent to you can rest assured our advice is impartial.

We don’t believe in the hard sell approach and our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. This means a balanced approach in explaining the downside of factoring such as the costs and the risks you take in providing security such as personal guarantees and indemnities. Until you fully understand the benefits and the associated costs and risks of any finance facility how can you make a decision?

 

FS Audit Services have an updated website.

FS Audit services conduct periodic invoice finance audits and pre lend surveys on behalf of invoice finance companies.

Reports are produced using each lenders own template. FS Audit services believe that this will avoid any confusion internally and will enhance understanding through familiarity.

Invoice finance can indeed increase profits. However, it is important to remember that it depends on what you do with the cash that the facility generates. It definitely increases your costs as you will have the invoice finance fees to pay so you will need to generate enough ‘new profit’ to cover these additional costs.

These new profits can be generated from new sales that took place because you were able to purchase more stock, fulfill more orders or perhaps pay more staff which will generate additional sales.

I have also dealt with clients who are able to take advantage of substantial settlement discounts. Any saving available that is more than the invoice finance costs leads to increased profitability.

In short yes invoice finance can lead to increased profits. However, that will depend on your own entrepreneurial abilities.