Research we conducted has revealed huge pricing differences between factoring companies. Whilst this is an excellent way to improve the liquidity of a UK company, you have to be careful which provider you select.
That is why we offer a free, independent quote search for factoring. We can put you in contact with the best factors, the companies that provide these services in the UK, and provide expert support and guidance.
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What Is Debt Factoring?
Debt Factoring (also sometimes called invoice or financial factoring) provides your business with the following benefits:
- Funding - money against your outstanding sales invoices and new invoices as you raise them, providing you with working capital that will improve your cash flow.
- Credit Control Support - help to collect outstanding invoices that can save you money and time as you don't need credit control staff.
- Confidentiality - if you wish, credit control can be undertaken in the name of your business, so customers are unaware.
- Bad Debt Protection - protection against bad debts is optional if you want to protect yourself against your customer's failure.
How Does It Work?
There are many different types of factored facility but in general, it works as follows:
- The finance company (factor) provides you with a prepayment against your invoices.
- The prepayment percentage can be up to 100% depending on circumstances.
- An 85% prepayment against a £100K sales ledger could release £85K of funding.
- This immediate cash injection can be used for any purpose.
- The factor provides credit control support to save you money & time. This feature distinguishes this product from other forms of receivables financing.
- Credit control activity can be undertaken in the name of your business.
- When customers pay, the balance of the invoice value (minus charges) is passed to you.
- As you raise new sales invoices so new prepayments make more money available.
- In this way, the funding grows as your turnover and sales ledger grows.
How Much Cash Could You Raise?
The amount of money that you could raise will depend upon your industry sector and the nature of your business, typically 85% of invoice value but up to 100% (less charges) in some sectors.
Find out how much cash you could potentially raise with our free online cash calculator.
What Does It Cost?
If you want to fund against all your invoices, for an entire year, costs start from c. £3,000 + VAT per annum, with a single fee, inclusive arrangements are available. The cost for your business will depend upon the type of facility that you want and the nature of your business. We can find quotations for you without obligation, and our service is independent. Examples of the Cost of Factoring.
Alternatively, if you opt for the selective, single invoice finance option where you select the invoices to be funded and you have no ongoing commitment to use the service in the future.
We do not charge you to use our quote search service. We may receive a commission from the finance company if you choose to proceed with them. However, on average we still manage to save most customers money on quotes received from elsewhere.
Read our: Factored Products Guide for more detailed information.
Further Resources and Information
Below are links to further resources and information that you may find helpful:
- Compare the Cost Benefits of Factoring With Bank Overdraft - a cost-benefit analysis of the two options where you can enter your values to make the comparison.
- Case Study - Invoice Finance For A New Start Business
- Research findings - results of a study where we spoke to a sample of clients that were using these services.
- Raising money against unpaid invoices
- Spot Funding Help - where you decide which invoices you want to factor.
- Alternatives To Using A Factored Service - an article setting out alternative finance sources.
- How Factoring Works - an article explaining the process in detail.