Posts Tagged ‘cashflow’

Business Growth & Cashflow, RBS Online Loans, MarketInvoice Pro – BFB Epsd 156

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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If you have plans to grow your business, don’t underestimate the vital role cashflow has to play. Fresh from delivering a workshop on financing growth for business growth specialist Gavin Preston, BLS’s Rob Warlow shares the importance of managing cashflow when you’re going for growth… an important lightbulb moment for those attending the session.

The banks are starting to learn from the alternative finance players with news from RBS/Nat West that they are launching an online platform where new and existing customers can apply for loans up to £150,000.

Marketinvoice, the online invoice discounting platform, has announced an enhancement to its service with Marketinvoice Pro which will allow frequent users more flexibility in accessing funds.

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New Company Formations, Metro Bank and Short Term Business Loans- BFB Epsd 152

Posted on: January 20th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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According to the Centre for Entrepreneurs new company formations are at an all-time high. In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we look at the numbers and where the entrepreneurial hotspots are.

Metro Bank, one of the so-called challenger banks, has committed to helping more small businesses in 2017 with funds to support growth. How could they help you?

Cashflow problems can hit a business at any time but quarter end and quiet seasonal periods can be particularly tough. We take a look at how short term loans can provide much needed cashflow relief.

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Funding Circle & The EIB, Asset Finance, Managing Your Working Capital – BFB Epsd 127

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this Business Finance Bulletin episode, we start off with news from Funding Circle of a £100m facility from the European Investment Bank for onward lending to UK small businesses. The facility will sit alongside an investment to be made by Funding Circle’s SME Income Fund.

Another growing source of alternative finance is that of asset finance. We look at the latest figures from the Asset Based Finance Association which reveal that facilities extended to small businesses over the last 12 months have dramatically increased.

Cash is the lifeblood of all businesses and a survey from audit and taxation consultants RSM has found that businesses can release cash trapped in their business by better management of day-to-day working capital. I share one key working capital component where cash can often get stuck. In the Bulletin I also reference another video in which I share how you can calculate your Stock Turnover Ratio – a useful tool to spot when your stock is getting ‘stuck’.

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Crowdfunding Loans, HSBC SME Fund, Sources of SME Finance, & KYC – BFB Epsd 118

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this Business Finance Bulletin how has the crowdfunding and Peer to Peer lending sector performed in the first quarter of 2016? The latest figures from the Peer to Peer Finance Association reveal solid growth on the same time last year.

HSBC are the latest bank to pledge increased support to SMEs with the announcement of a pot of cash ready to lend. We also look at HSBC’s online lending application platform to help businesses get quicker answers. Taking a leaf out of the crowdfunder’s book?

What sources of finance are small businesses tapping into and what keeps them awake at night? That’s a question asked by Hitachi Capital in its recent small business survey. The answer to the cause of sleepless nights may not be a surprise.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week, when a bank says it’s for ‘KYC purposes’, what does it mean?

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Business Confidence, Merchant Cash Advances, Funding Exports & Late Payment- BFB Epsd 114

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin we review the most recent quarterly survey from the Federation of Small Businesses. The report reveals falling confidence levels amongst SMEs but there’s good news in terms of access to finance with more businesses getting the finance they need.

We have news of another alternative lender, merchant cash advance provider Liberis, which has benefited from the British Business Bank ENABLE programme via a £5m fund to on-lend to growing SMEs.

Businesses in the Greater Manchester area which are exporters or have ambitions to export can now take advantage of a new £9.5m fund. We take a look at how the Greater Manchester Export Fund works.

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week a chat with Steve White of Thornbury Collections in which he shares the strangest late payment excuse he’s ever heard and general tips on managing late payment.

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SME Lending, Who’s Borrowing, Late Payment & Business Confidence – Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 111

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this episode of the Business Finance Bulletin a look at the latest statistics from the Bank of England which reveals the current level of borrowing by UK SMEs.

Also a review of the key findings from the recent SME Finance Monitor Report which includes how many businesses are using external sources of finance, the type of SMEs accessing such finance and the number of businesses who are not borrowing at all.

Marketinvoice, the online invoice discounter, has taken a look at late payment experiences across 80 countries and the results indicate that we have a lot of work to do in the UK to speed up payment.

Are you planning to grow or change your business within the next three months? That’s the question posed to 1,021 businesses by Hitachi Capital as part of its regular British Business Barometer Report and the answer reveals that SMEs are now more cautious than before.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week a signpost to a recently posted video which shows you how to calculate and use the Creditor Payment Ratio.

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Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 106: A Late Payment and Cashflow Fest

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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This episode of the Business Finance Bulletin is a late payment and cashflow fest. Poor cashflow and management of late payment is one of the biggest barriers facing small business owners when it comes to planning for growth.

In this episode Rob Warlow looks at the latest research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance which uncovers the extent of the amount of cash trapped in overdue payments.

But what’s the solution to this problem?

The first way out Rob looks at is a new crowdfunding invoice discounter which can unlock cash so releasing much needed working capital to fund growth.

The second service is a new innovative support platform launched by a business owner who suffered from the effects of late payment. The service provides guidance and tools designed to ensure prompt payment by your suppliers. Could this work for you?

In the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob gives some tips on writing a one-page Business Plan.

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Business Finance Bulletin Epsd 97: Overdraft Alternatives, Shawbrook, Late Payment Interest & ABN Amro

Posted on: November 13th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at an alternative to the traditional bank overdraft. With banks providing less support in the form of overdraft facilities a new service has been launched by Growth Street to fill the gap.

There is news of a possible rival to PayPal which could be marketed by Apple in 2016, so one to watch.
Turning to challenger banks Rob looks at the results from Shawbrook Bank which shows strong growth in profits and increased support to SMEs.

Late payment continues to be a problem for growing businesses and in a new survey Rob shares findings that many businesses are reluctant to chase for payment or even charge interest as is their statutory right.

One way to alleviate the impact of late payment is to look at Invoice Discounting. To see how this works Rob chats with Kelvin Thomas from ABN Amro Commercial Finance on how it helps growing SMEs.

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 93: Business Numbers, Asset Finance Growth, Working Capital & Debtor Collection Ratio

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow shares the latest government figures on the number of businesses operating in the UK. The numbers reveal strong growth in new starts and those businesses employing staff.

Latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association on the level of new business being written by asset finance providers also show strong growth. Rob looks at one type of asset being financed which is proving popular.

Sufficient working capital can be a constraint for a growing business and Rob looks at a survey focused on what is holding businesses back in terms of finance.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob shares a tool you can use to assist in spotting red flags in respect of cashflow. This tool, referred to as a Debtor Collection Ratio is a calculation taken from your Balance Sheet which provides a useful guide as to how long it’s taking you to collect payment from your customers.

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Business Finance Bulletin Episode 86: Long Term Business Funding, Banks Running Scared and What Security to Offer

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this latest episode of the Business Finance Bulletin Rob Warlow looks at an appeal from the CBI for the government to help medium-sized business access long term loans by introducing a number of new initiatives.

Rob shares findings from a new report which suggests that banks are now feeling under threat from the growing band of alternative finance providers with the solution being if you can’t beat them then join them!

To combat struggles that small businesses have in accessing invoice discounting facilities Rob has news about moves by the government to make it easier for businesses to release cash from outstanding invoices. Continuing the theme
of late payment Rob also outlines a useful service which can speed up payments due.

And in the Business Finance Tip of the Week Rob talks about why you need to think about the security you are prepared to offer your bank.

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