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Alternative Finance Evolves, Prompt Payment Code Takes Action and Bank Sector Appetite – BFB 276

Posted on: November 11th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Rising out of the ashes of the credit crunch the alternative finance providers moved in to fill the gap left by the banks. To open this Bulletin, we look at how the alternative lenders are evolving with Iwoca announcing a milestone in lending and Nucleus Commercial Finance improving its loan repayment term.

Managing late payment can often be a burden for small business owners, which means action taken by the Prompt Payment Code to suspend members not adhering to its rules is good news. Which household names have been asked to leave the organisation?

To wrap up this Bulletin, we look at why you need to be aware whether your industry sector is in or out of favour with your bank before applying for finance.

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Solving Summer Cashflow Blues

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,
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Summer time can hit cashflow hard. Here’s a solution to even out your summer cashflow blues. A Short Term loan can solve a temporary cashflow blip.

Impact of Late Payment, Nat West Rapid Cash Launch and Borrowing Appetite – BFB 265

Posted on: July 6th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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As well as being a barrier to growth, late payment has other negative knock-on implications. To open this Bulletin we take a look at the findings of a survey carried out by Xero and PayPal which reveals that the victims of late payment find themselves unable to pay their own suppliers.

One way of speeding up cashflow is to open an Invoice Discounting facility. To make it easier and to offer greater flexibility than traditional facilities, Nat West has launched its Rapid Cash service. Similar to an overdraft, Rapid Cash provides swift access to cash.

When it comes to investment for growth the FSB has found that small businesses are reluctant to do so in the current climate. Yet businesses are still borrowing but for what purpose?

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Dealing With New Year Cashflow Problems

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,
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The start of a New Year can have a negative impact on a company’s cashflow but at least there’s a solution….

Late Payment Impact, Business Borrowing Experience, and PayPal Working Capital Facility – BFB 214

Posted on: May 12th, 2018 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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How does late payment affect small business owners? That’s a question posed by The Prompt Payment Directory in its annual late payment survey. The report reveals that many small business owners personally suffer when payments are delayed.

Findings from a new FSB study highlight that some small businesses still struggle when it comes to raising finance. What holds them back and are they deterred from applying for finance?

To close this Bulletin, we share news of how PayPal has become a rising star on the alternative finance scene. Over the last 12 months the PayPal Working Capital facility has supported an increasing number of businesses with much needed cash. We look at how the facility works and the cost.

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Late Payment on the Rise

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , ,
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The culture of late payment to UK SMEs is a regular topic in our weekly Business Finance Bulletin and the reason for this is that delayed payment hurts many businesses by undermining their growth and the value they bring to the UK economy.

A new survey from business finance company MarketInvoice reveals that 62% of invoices issued by UK SMEs in 2017 (worth over £21b) were paid late, up from 60% in 2016.

The survey found that the average value of these invoices was £51,826. A third of invoices paid late took longer than two weeks from the agreed date to settle – some of which took almost 6 months to be paid.
Sectors

Sectors that frequently pay late included the food & beverage industry (83%), energy businesses (80%) and wholesalers (79%). Meanwhile, those who took the longest to pay included transport businesses (25 days), utilities
(23 days) and those in media sector (21 days).

Regions

In terms of regional experiences, businesses in Northern Ireland were found to be the worst late payers with 93% of invoices paid late. East Anglia (68%) and East Midlands (66%) came in second and third respectively. Scotland was the best of the worst, where half (53%) of invoices were settled late.

Countries

The Marketinvoice research also examined invoices sent to 93 countries. German companies were the worst late payers, taking an extra 28 days to settle invoices from agreed terms. French firms took a further 26 days and businesses in the USA 20 days.

While UK companies (66%) often pay invoices late, those in the USA (71%) and continental Europe (73%) are even more likely to delay payment. However, the UK still takes twice as long (18 days) to pay UK suppliers than counterparts in Europe (9 days).

To lessen the impact of late payment Marketinvoice suggests,

– making T&C’s clear from the outset
– chasing payments
– and enforcing the right to claim compensation from late payments

The Duty to Report measures, which requires large businesses to report on invoice payments twice yearly, that came in to force earlier this year will help but how effective it will be remains to be seen.

Government Launches Small Business Commissioner to Help Resolve Payment Disputes

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,
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If you are one of the estimated 20% of small businesses which have run in to cash flow problems due to late payments, then help may finally be at hand.

The government has finally launched the complaint handling service of the Small Business Commissioner to ensure fair payment practices for small businesses. This follows the appointment of Paul Uppal to the role of Small Business Commissioner in October 2017.

The Commissioner’s website has also gone live, providing guidance on payment issues including how to take action if a payment is overdue.

Margot James, Small Business Minister, says that £14 billion is owed to UK small businesses and estimates that taking action on late payment could potentially deliver a £2.5 billion annual boost to the economy.

The Small Business Commissioner’s website provides guidance on how to ‘check, chase, and choose’ in respect of dealing with unfair and late payments, that is:

– check if the right information has been provided to the right people in order for an invoice to be paid
– chase effectively when a payment is overdue
– choose how to take further action, including the option of submitting a complaint to the Small Business Commissioner

You can visit the Small Business Commissioner website here.

Late Payment, Small Business Borrowing and Watching Your Credit File – BFB Epsd 181

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Late payment is a continual challenge for small businesses and a recent survey carried out by Zurich lays the blame at the door of the larger businesses. We share the findings of this latest research and what you can do to combat suffering from late payers.

With many people being uncertain about the current performance of the UK economy, one measure of confidence is the amount businesses are borrowing from the banks. I lift the lid on the latest Bank of England bank borrowing figures to see what businesses are up to.

To close this Bulletin, we share some recent experiences which highlight why you need to keep a close eye on your credit file. Lenders place a lot of emphasis on a clean report so it pays to keep your file in order.

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British Business Bank SME Support, Funding Circle & Just Eat, and FSB Late Payment Help – BFB Epsd 178

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The British Business Bank, which was established to improve small business access to finance, has issued its latest Annual Report. In our latest Bulletin, we take a look at the progress the Bank has made over the last 12 months.

Alternative lenders are being increasingly quirky in how they tap into new markets to offer finance. We look at the news of a link-up between Funding Circle and takeaway app Just Eat which aims to boost takeaway owner’s access to finance.

The Federation of Small Businesses has always championed ways of tackling late payment and so it comes as no surprise that it has launched a service to help small businesses get paid on overdue invoices.

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Perils of Overtrading, Business Borrowing Appetite & NatWest Card App – BFB Epsd 172

Posted on: June 10th, 2017 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Whilst increasing sales is always a key focus for ambitious businesses, as we recently highlighted to a growth-hungry business, the danger of overtrading can cause chaos. What is overtrading and how can you avoid falling into the trap of running out of cash?

Despite small business owners remaining confident about their prospects, one message coming out is that many small businesses are reluctant to borrow. We look at the latest findings from the SME Finance Monitor team which reveals that SMEs are cautious about taking on new debt.

Managing administration and finance tasks is often a burden for time-poor business owners. NatWest have recognised this and we look at the announcement of the launch of a pilot app designed to improve the way businesses can monitor and track use of their commercial credit card.

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