Invoice finance or factoring is a way for businesses to borrow money against pending invoices from customers. This is a simple and most effective way for businesses to improve cashflow and cover ongoing liabilities. Invoice finance or factoring can help you with advance payments which would normally take longer to be paid. There are two broad types of invoice financing in the UK – factoring and invoice discounting. As an invoice finance broker, we can help with both of these.
Invoice finance is an alternative working capital product that enables businesses to optimize cash flow by selling unpaid invoices to a third party and receiving a payment in advance. This financing solution provides immediate access to funds tied up in outstanding invoices, allowing businesses to maintain a steady flow of capital for their operations. At Alpha Capital, we offer factoring services that can help you leverage the power of your invoices to support your business growth.
In simple terms, the factoring company purchases your invoices for a percentage of their total value and assumes responsibility for collecting the invoice payments. This allows you to receive a significant portion of the invoice amount upfront, improving your cash flow and providing the working capital you need to run your business smoothly. By outsourcing the collection process to the factoring company, you can save time and resources that would otherwise be spent on chasing payments and managing your sales ledger.
Fast Funding: With invoice factoring, you can access up to 100% funding against your invoices within as little as 24 hours. This swift injection of cash allows you to seize new opportunities, fulfill orders, and meet your financial obligations without delay.
Predictable Cash Flow: By converting your unpaid invoices into immediate cash, factoring provides a predictable and stable cash flow. This enables you to plan ahead, make informed business decisions, and focus on strategic initiatives that drive growth.
Bad Debt Protection: As part of our factoring services, we offer bad debt protection to provide you with peace of mind. This protection safeguards your business against the risk of non-payment or default by your customers, minimizing the impact of bad debts on your bottom line.
Requirements for Factoring
To be eligible for invoice factoring, certain criteria must be met, including:
Business-to-Business Transactions: Factoring is typically available for businesses that sell goods or services to other businesses on credit terms.
Documentation: We require annual account statements for the last two years, along with a cash flow forecast statement. This information helps us assess your financial position and tailor the factoring solution to your specific needs.
Credit Terms: You must offer credit terms to your customers, typically ranging from 30 to 90 days. This ensures that there is an outstanding invoice balance that can be factored.
Invoice discounting is a powerful financial solution that empowers businesses to maintain control over the collection of payments while unlocking the cash tied up in unpaid invoices. Unlike factoring, with invoice discounting, the facility remains entirely confidential, allowing you to maintain a direct relationship with your customers. At Alpha Capital, we offer invoice discounting services to help businesses improve cash flow and access working capital.
With invoice discounting, you pledge your outstanding invoices as collateral to a finance provider, who advances you a percentage of their value. This immediate injection of cash provides you with the working capital needed to support your day-to-day operations and growth initiatives. Unlike factoring, where the finance provider takes responsibility for collecting payments, in invoice discounting, you retain control over the collection process. Your customers remain unaware of the arrangement, ensuring confidentiality and maintaining the integrity of your customer relationships.
Improved Cash Flow: By unlocking the cash tied up in your unpaid invoices, invoice discounting provides a reliable and consistent source of working capital. This allows you to meet your financial obligations, pay suppliers promptly, and seize growth opportunities without the constraints of late payments.
Flexibility and Control: Invoice discounting offers flexibility, as you decide which invoices to submit for financing, allowing you to manage your cash flow according to your needs. You retain control over your sales ledger and the customer relationship, ensuring a seamless and confidential experience.
Interest and Fees Based on Usage: With invoice discounting, you pay interest and fees based on the actual usage of the facility. This means that you only incur costs for the funds you utilize, offering a cost-effective financing option.
Revolving Debt Structure: Unlike a traditional loan, invoice discounting does not have a fixed repayment period. The debt revolves as you continue to generate new invoices, providing ongoing access to working capital without the pressure of immediate repayment.
To be eligible for invoice discounting, certain criteria typically apply, including:
Projected Annual Turnover: Invoice discounting is suitable for businesses with projected annual turnover over £250,000. This ensures that the facility aligns with the scale and growth potential of your operations.
Confidentiality: If maintaining the confidentiality of the arrangement is a priority for your business, invoice discounting offers a suitable solution. Your customers will remain unaware of the financing arrangement, preserving your customer relationships.
Business-to-Business Transactions: Invoice discounting is typically available for businesses that sell products or services to other businesses on credit terms.
Bad Debt Protection: As with factoring, bad debt protection is available as an added layer of security. This protection safeguards your business against the risk of non-payment or default by your customers, providing peace of mind.
Management Team and Sector Experience: Lenders often look for a proven track record and sector experience within the management team. This helps establish the credibility and ability to effectively manage the invoice discounting facility.
At Alpha Capital, we understand the unique financing needs of businesses. Our team of experts will work closely with you to understand your cash flow requirements, assess your eligibility for invoice discounting, and tailor the solution to your specific needs. We will guide you through the process, ensuring transparency and providing professional advice every step of the way.
Take advantage of the benefits of invoice discounting and enhance your cash flow while maintaining confidentiality. Trust Alpha Capital as your reliable partner in unlocking the full potential of your unpaid invoices and driving the growth of your business.
At Alpha Capital, we are London’s premium commercial finance brokerage, dedicated to helping businesses succeed. Our client-centric approach and focus on building long-term relationships set us apart. As a whole-of-the-market brokerage firm, we have the flexibility to negotiate the best finance options available from a wide range of providers, including high street banks, challenger banks, alternative finance providers, and private family offices.
Our experienced relationship managers work solely for you and your business, not the lenders. We provide professional advice and guidance, leveraging our extensive knowledge of the financial sector. From your initial enquiry to the funds being deposited into your bank account, we manage the entire process. We take the time to understand your business aspirations, discuss funding options, and prepare a comprehensive credit paper aligned with our funding partners’ credit policies. Our methodology is highly appreciated by lenders, ensuring a smooth loan underwriting process.
Before founding Alpha Capital, Ijaz served as a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager at global banks in the City of London. With over 12 years of experience working with SMEs and Mid-Market clients, Ijaz brings a wealth of expertise to the table. His professional qualifications, including a Diploma in Business and Commercial Banking & Conduct, Certificate in Business Banking & Conduct, Certificate in Anti Money Laundering & Compliance, and Certificate in International Trade, further enhance his knowledge of financial services.
Ijaz is here to add value to your business through his extensive professional network and proficiency in the financial services landscape. Whether you require guidance on trade finance, invoice factoring, or other funding solutions, Ijaz will work closely with you to understand your unique requirements and recommend the best options available.
Partner with Alpha Capital for your funding needs and experience our commitment to delivering exceptional service and tailored financial solutions. Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with our experienced relationship managers who will conduct a holistic assessment of your business, ascertain your objectives and capital requirements, and guide you through the processes and timescales. Even if we are unable to assist, we will provide transparent explanations to help you make informed decisions.
Choose Alpha Capital as your trusted partner in navigating the world of finance and unlocking the potential for growth and success.
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