Posted on 03.12.2013, by Rob Warlow
When dealing with clients looking to raise finance or in the seminars we run it’s surprising how many business owners are only just beginning to realise that Asset Based Finance is a growing source of alternative finance.
The sector supports growth by financing asset purchases via leasing, hire purchase and unlocking cash through invoice discounting and factoring.
The latest figures for the three months to September 2013 from the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) have shown that the industry and its clients are continuing to perform strongly.
At the end of September members of the ABFA had total advances out to its clients of £17.4 bn, which is 6% up on the same period in 2012 (£16.4 bn). This is only the fifth time the funding balance has been above £17 bn and this demonstrates that the demand for asset based finance is strong and growing with firms increasingly using it to fund growth and their working capital requirements.
This growth contrasts with that of the wider finance market where bank lending continues to contract at the rate of approximately 3% per annum.
ABFA has also looked at how those businesses using asset based finance have performed; total sales from those businesses broke £71 bn for the third quarter, the strongest ever quarterly performance. This is up by some 14% on the same period last year.
There is a myth that asset based finance is more for larger businesses but the industry does support smaller businesses, with almost 15,000 of the over 43,000 clients being found in the £0 – 0.5 m turnover bracket, and over 30,000 in the sub £5 m bracket.
In terms of sectors they support, asset based financiers are most active in the services (30%), manufacturing (29%), distribution (24%), transport (7%) and construction (5%) sector.
If you are planning for growth check out how asset based finance can support your plans… it’s all about diversifying your funding sources.
Check out the video below on how buying assets via an asset finance facility can work for you.
Rob delivered a series of 3 workshops aimed at understanding how finance houses look at finance propositions with the aim for us as a team to deliver more of a bespoke offering to our customer base. The training was delivered to a mixture of staff who work with new businesses start-ups and existing established businesses across Mid & South West Wales. Rob delivered the training with an abundance of passion and has really helped my team look at financial propositions in a different light, many thanks again Rob and I look forward to work with you in the near future.
Further to your recent presentation at LEAD Wales just wanted to say it was very refreshing to see somebody talk passionately and positively about finance, very insightful!
Rob kindly agreed to attend the recent Pontypridd RFC sponsors networking evening and delivered what can only be described as an excellent talk on 5 Tactics to Boost Your Business and Your Profits. He kept the audience engaged throughout and the feedback from everyone was excellent. Rob is very knowledgeable on business and finance and on top of that is a genuine nice guy. We hope to have him back at a future event and I have no hesitation in recommending Rob’s services.
I wanted to thank you for such an insightful, energetic, and entertaining talk at the Kevin Green Wealth event on securing funding and creating a successful plan. It was brilliantly executed and a pleasure to listen to and the ideas I’ve learned are definitely going to help me in going forward.
Hi Rob, it was so interesting and entertaining listening to you at the Kevin Green Wealth Coach Workshop in Reading this weekend! I didnt realise you can find Finance proposals such fun!. Brilliant tips! Thanks.