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Business Banking Resolution Service, Experian Commercial Acumen and MarketInvoice – BFB 275

Posted on: November 4th, 2019 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Opening this week’s Business Finance Bulletin, news of the soft launch of the Business Banking Resolution Service. Designed to support businesses which are unable to complain about banking service to the Financial Ombudsmen Service, the BBRS are looking for businesses to support its pilot phase.

Gathering the paperwork required by banks to review a borrowing request can be time consuming. We take a look at how Experian, the credit reference agency, has made it faster and simpler for small businesses to apply for finance by using its new Commercial Acumen service.

To close, news from business finance provider MarketInvoice of the formation of a specialist team to provide finance facilities for Britain’s larger businesses. From invoice finance to business loans MarketInvoice aims to support larger, high-growth businesses in need of flexible finance.

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The Alternative Business Finance Bulletin – Triple Whammy Cashflow Crisis and Personal Guarantees

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Due to illness, BLS’s Rob Warlow has been unable to prepare his weekly video Bulletin, so this week, a text-only version.

retail-financeA Triple Whammy Cashflow Crunch

Whilst this time of year is the season of joyful celebration, for some business owners it can be a stressful time when it comes to juggling and managing cashflow.

As we approach the year-end there are businesses which can face a triple whammy hit to their cashflow. Each of these reasons is bad enough but combined, they can cause chaos to your cash position.

In order to keep you credit record and payment profile ‘clean’ you need to be what you can to ensure these commitments are met.

But what to do?

Here are some steps to take.

  1. To preserve cashflow consider talking to a select number of your creditors and see if they will agree to extended payment terms
  2. Chase any outstanding invoices owed to you which are overdue – don’t be shy in chasing, this is money legitimately owed to you!
  3. Take out a short-term loan (terms from 3 months to 24 months) to help put your cashflow back on track
  4. Consider using Selective Invoice Discounting to unlock cash tied up in outstanding and new invoices

Don’t be hostage to a cashflow crisis; take firm action.

If you want to know more about short-term loans or Selective Invoice Discounting get in touch and we will be happy to chat you through the options.

Personal Guarantees… What Exactly Are You Signing Up To?

If you have every borrowed money and operate through a Limited Company then, as a Director you have probably been asked to sign a Personal Guarantee.

fountain-pen-1But do you know what signing such a document entails?

According to findings in a survey carried out Wirefund, a working capital loan provider, a large number of business owners are not aware of what they are signing.

When asked to describe what they understood a Personal Guarantee to be, just 45% could accurately outline what was at stake, which is that the bank would ultimately be able to repossess your personal assets if the business cannot pay back the loan.

Worryingly 21% said that a business owner/director who signs a Personal Guarantee would simply be personally guaranteeing that the money owed would be paid on time, to the best of their ability… a long way off reality.

Despite this lack of understanding, the majority of business owners have agreed to provide a Personal Guarantee when borrowing money. The survey revealed that 79% stated they had not been put off taking a business loan simply because it included a request for a Personal Guarantee.

The bottom line is that ultimately your personal assets can be at stake but in the survey 61% were not aware of this.

In the vast majority of cases, when lending to Limited Companies, lenders will want a Personal Guarantee, so be mindful of what you are entering into. Wirefund on the other hand is one the rare lenders which don’t insist on a Personal Guarantee.

To find out more about their loan product visit their website www.wirefund.com

That’s It…

That brings this text-only version of our weekly Business Finance Bulletin to a close. We hope that normal service will be resumed next week!

Ratesetter SME Loans, Alternative Finance, Barclays Scotland Fund & Selective Invoice Discounting – BFB Epsd 126

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by blsuser1 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In this week’s Business Finance Bulletin news from crowdlender Ratesetter on the formal launch of its small business loan product which, in the pilot stage, has already seen £250m distributed to UK SMEs.

Staying with alternative finance we look at results from Close Bros latest quarterly Business Barometer which reveals that a significant number of businesses believe that alternative finance can help grow their business.

Turning to traditional finance, we have news from Barclays Bank on a new fund to support lending to small businesses in Scotland.

To close we have insights from Max Woodman of Catalyst Finance on how their Selective Invoice Discounting service can help alleviate cashflow problems.

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