Cash flow finance is a finance solution that provides capital to a business to cover day-to-day operations, which is repaid using expected future revenue and cash flow. This type of financing can help companies with fluctuating or irregular cash flow to meet their funding needs and improve their liquidity.
There are two types of invoice financing: invoice factoring and invoice discounting.
As with any commercial finance product, there are both pros and cons to consider. Some of the advantages of choosing either an invoice factoring or invoice discounting facility are:
Both invoice factoring and invoice discounting can give businesses more control over their finances, but the key difference to keep in mind is whether you want to be able to control the invoicing process for your business or have the lender take care of it for you.
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With invoice discounting, you maintain credit control which means you can manage your client relationships. This is a more time-consuming approach as you will need to chase payments yourself. Invoice discounting is generally available to more established businesses with higher turnover.
The benefits of Invoice Discounting are:
Maintaining positive cashflow in your business and utilising finance solutions to fund your assets will help support continued investment in other areas such as overheads, employment and further growth.
With an invoice factoring facility, the lender provides a ‘credit control’ functionality on your behalf, chasing late payments and performing credit checks on potential customers so you can concentrate on running your business. In this scenario, your customers will know you’re using a factoring provider. This option is often better suited to younger businesses or those with a smaller turnover.
Gemma is owed £10,000 by a previous client for a completed project, but the invoice has payment terms of 30 days. Gemma agrees to an invoice finance deal that will give her 85% of the invoice up-front, with total fees and charges at 3%.
When Gemma sends the invoice to the lender, she receives an advance of £8,500 within a couple of days. Then, when the customer pays the invoice, the full £10,000 goes into a bank account controlled by the lender.
Gemma gets the remaining value of the invoice (£1,500) minus the lender’s 3% fee (£300), so she receives £1,200.
There are various financing options available for vehicle purchases, including traditional bank loans, several leasing options, and government-sponsored programs. We will help you determine the best option for your needs based on factors such as the value of the vehicle, your credit history, and your budget.
There may be special financing programs or incentives available for vehicle purchases, such as incentives for environmentally friendly vehicles or special financing programs for first-time buyers. We would be able to provide more information on these programs and help you determine if you are eligible.
Repayment terms for financing a vehicle can vary depending on the type of financing and lender. We would be able to provide information on the repayment terms for each option, including the length of the loan, the interest rate, and any additional fees or charges. We will help you understand how the repayment terms may impact your cash flow.
Financing a vehicle can impact your credit score and financial standing, and it is important to consider this when making a decision. Bluestone is able to provide advice on how to maintain a positive credit score while using financing for a vehicle purchase, including making timely repayments and using financing responsibly.
First things first, you need to have a signed trading agreement with us, check with your account manager to make sure your business has one in place.
The first time you earn rewards you will be sent an email asking you to register for your card. Follow the instructions but please make sure that the email address you use is your business email and the address is your home address otherwise your application may be rejected. Typically, your card will be posted out to your home address within 5-10 days. You will need to activate your card, instructions on how to do this will be sent with your card.
The card is a pre-paid Visa card and is reloadable so, every time you earn more rewards, your rewards will be uploaded to your card, monthly in arrears. We will notify you when your card is loaded but you can also manage your account online using our app.
Yes! You can earn cashback savings of up to 5% by spending your rewards online or in store with over 50 selected retailers and even 2.5% with selected grocery partners. You can also top up the amount on your card with your own money using the Spark app to make the most of your card. Our prepaid visa card is also Apple and Google pay enabled for complete flexibility when you need it.
Don’t forget that you are personally responsible for declaring Bluestone rewards to HMRC for tax purposes. Speak to your account manager about registering – you deserve it!