What is invoice discounting?
Invoice discounting is an invoice finance facility when a company's unpaid invoices are used as collateral for a loan. Invoice discounting companies enable businesses to leverage the value of their sales ledger.
With an invoice discounting company, when sending out invoices to customers a proportion of the total amount becomes available from the lender, which provides your business with a source of working capital throughout the month while you wait for the payment of your invoice to be processed.
The benefit of invoice discounting is you maintain responsibility for your sales ledger as well as your payment chasing and invoice processing. The main difference between this method and invoice factoring is that your customer is not aware that you have taken on cashflow finance. If you prefer to keep the financial arrangement confidential from your customers then invoice discounting may be the right product for you.
You no longer have to wait up to 120 days to receive payment for your goods and services, and you remain in charge of your own credit control processes, meaning that you continue to chase late payments and therefore your customers are not made aware of our involvement.
You remain in charge of your own credit control processes, meaning that you continue to chase late payments and therefore your customers are not made aware of our involvement.
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Is invoice discounting right for my business?
Generally speaking, invoice discounting facilities are best suited to companies that sell to other businesses on credit terms and turnover more than £250,000 a year.
What are the main benefits of using invoice discounting companies?
Invoice discounting facilities allow medium-sized businesses to borrow money against the value of their unpaid invoices. Generally speaking, invoice discounting facilities are best suited to B2B businesses that offer long credit terms to their clients.
How it works:
Supply the Goods
Supply your clients with goods, and then invoice them as per your normal practices
Forward to us
Forward a copy of your invoices to a finance provider.
After 24-48 hours, your provider will release funds to match a pre-arranged percentage of the invoice’s value (normally between 70-90%)
You receive the money
When your debtor settles the invoice, your provider releases the rest of the invoice’s value minus a small service fee.
What are the advantages of using an invoice discounting facility?
The biggest advantage of invoice discounting is that it can significantly boost cash flow. Businesses up and down the country often struggle with their balance of cash, and much of the time this is not down to poor revenue, but late invoice payments by customers.
The idea behind all forms of invoice finance is that you no longer need to wait 30 days, 60 days, 90 days or even longer for your outstanding invoices to be paid. Instead, as soon as you’ve delivered and raised an invoice, your finance provider will pay you most of the value of the invoice, which is usually around 85%.
This cash is then free for you to use for whatever you need, whether it’s the typical monthly expenses, or to fuel growth. Once the customer pays the invoice, you also get the remainder of the value of the invoice, less fees and interest.
Invoice discounting is often chosen as an alternative to other finance products because it’s an ongoing agreement that you don’t need to constantly renegotiate. Unlike a loan, the facility keeps on rolling for as long as you want to pay the account fee.
And as your turnover increases, your agreement will automatically change based on what you agreed at the beginning, such as with different fees and rates etc. Lots of businesses therefore choose to grow with their invoice finance agreement, and see it as an essential part of their financial plan.
When compared with some other invoice finance products, and invoice factoring in particular, discounting carries the benefit of being entirely confidential.
Some other products will reveal that you’re using a finance company for your invoices to customers, but with discounting everything is kept between you and your factor. This is ideal if you’re looking to maintain relationships with customers, and feel that you have everything otherwise under control.
Our final point is that invoice discounting is often seen as a less risky form of borrowing, because you’re not borrowing large amounts of money without a clear revenue source in mind. With invoice finance, the money being lent is directly against a specific invoice, which makes it a more manageable type of finance product that can be easily planned for.
However, as with any other financial agreement, it’s always worth seeking out the advice of an independent advisor before you decide if it’s right for your business.
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Confidential Invoice Discounting Services
We supply Invoice Discounting facilities to companies working in a wide range of sectors around the UK, with a turnover of £250,000 or more. Invoice Discounting is a perfect solution for issues such as late payments and seasonal demand which can cause a strain on your company's cash flow and prevent you from reaching your growth potential.
Our Invoice Discounting facility will make the cash available quickly, leaving you to concentrate on running your business and not simply chasing invoices. You are able to utilise the money quicker to invest in assets and staff to help you secure new contracts or expand in to new areas. We are already supporting over 700 SMEs in the UK to reach their growth potential by using Invoice Finance to release cash tied up in unpaid invoices.
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Why choose Novuna Business Cash Flow
6 month trial period
A 6 month trial period so you can be sure the product is right for you, followed by a 6 month rolling contract – we don’t tie our clients in for long periods.
We are the first in the market to offer a digital onboarding process and have been leading the way with our digital capabilities allowing clients to sign up within 24 hours from the first appointment.
Client trust account
Once you become a client you will be given your own trust account, meaning you will get same day availability on your funds. You can also view all of your invoices and payments online at a time suitable to you, 24/7.
No uncleared effects
We have heavily invested in our digital capabilities. This includes the auto allocation of payments using Artificial Intelligence. Ultimately this advance in technology means that our clients access money quicker as well as saving money on interest charges due to auto allocation.
We aim to make the process of Cash Flow finance as simple and straightforward as possible. Our pricing is very straightforward to understand. For a no obligation quote or an informal chat you can call our friendly team today on 0808 250 0859.
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We offer award-winning client services and individual Relationship Managers who are on the other end of the phone or out in the field to visit you in person.
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My company was in need of invoice factoring to assist with the cashflow due to the nature of debtor days with our clients. After looking at a number of options, the right decision was made to work in partnership with Novuna Business Cashflow. Right from setup through sales to customer service, the communication and support has been outstanding. Providing me with all the information I needed regarding new clients coming onto our books. The system they use is so user friendly and the drawdown payments are very efficient in the fast moving world of temporary payroll. This has allowed my company to look at positive growth knowing we are safe financial hands. I would highly recommend Novuna Business Cashflow 10/10.
Set up went well and communication was good.
Syed and Vipul were extremely helpful top class service
Very helpful from the start
Great people made this process very straightforward.
Jemma from Novuna (formally Hitachi) was brilliant. Worked with us throughout the process and succeeded when some others had failed. Carried out the necessary checks with a smile and cheery demeanour, making what would have been a laborious process quite manageable.
Teething problems -Maybe ?
It's still early days so I may alter this review at a later date. However with retentions and concentration limits and other items, were finding were not getting 85% up front, were probably getting nearer 70% Also when a customer pays the remaining allegedly 15% due to us seems not to be credited to become available. For instance a customer paid Â£6918 and a customer paid Â£1300 hence we should see an extra Â£1330 available (15% of both these payments). However availability seemed to go down and not up by Â£1330 !!! Hard to work out where this 15% has actually gone ? I'll re-submit this review when things become clearer.
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Excellent customer service from start of initial conversations, right through to finally becoming a customer. The whole team involved are a credit to Hitachi, they were accommodating and informative the whole way along the process. I would highly recommend Hitachi to future clients and business associates. Thanks Alan.
I really enjoyed working with the Hitachi team, professional, helpful and really good people to deal with. They have made what could have been a very difficult experience a pleasure. Very happy to recommend them.
Hitachi made the process of moving factoring facilities painless, bearing in mind we previously had our facility with the same provider since 1997. I cant fault Hitachi's staff and processes and we are delighted with the move.
Staff excellent all together professional
Great service so far
From start to finish the process for transferring our invoice finance to Hitachi has been been brilliant, a smooth transition, great communication our link Person Jonathan Oakes has helped the process go through seamlessly, A great experience so far and a brilliant start to what we hope will be a long term partnership.
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