Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Why financial planning is important for your business?

Being a financially sound business isn't just about having accurate accounting, although this is important. Businesses must be able to build better cash flow both presently and for the future as well as build assets, increase savings and even build up an emergency fund should anything go wrong.

In order to do all these things successfully, businesses must learn to do the following...

Businesses which budget are more at an advantage as it allows for the recognition of spending trends as well as the identification of short-term financial shortfalls and trends. Budgeting can also show how well a company meets its savings goals. Although budgeting may seem like a short term tool, it can create a long-term solution especially when it is combined with expert financial planning.

Financial security can be achieved or even strengthened by addressing any cash flow concerns your businesses faces as soon as they appear. Online credit control systems can help to improve cash flow, reduce unnecessary paperwork as well as save you both time and money. Positive Collections provides a FREE online credit control system with no software to download, install or upgrade you can access your account anywhere and anytime.

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By having an emergency fund can help provide you with the cash required when something unexpected happens. In order for an emergency fund to work, industry experts have predicted that businesses will need at least 30 days of working capital. This is usually equivalent to 3 to 6 months worth of operating expenses.

What is capital?

Capital is the total amount of cash-on-hand as well as the value of your assets. By building upon your capital, businesses will be more financially secure. In order for a business to grow, capital is required.

In order for businesses to earn more income, business owners will often invest extra cash rather than keeping it all cash on hand. If a business faces negative cash flow, they will use their assets to overcome this.

By managing your cash flow effectively and developing an emergency fund will help your business grow savings, add assets and also create liquid capital.

If you are thinking of improving your businesses cash flow simply call us on 0208 313 7887 or visit us online today to find out more.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Suppliers advised to claim due compensation for late payments

Calculator and penLatest figures from a commercial debt recovery law firm has revealed the scale of debt UK businesses are dealing with due to late payments. Research also shows that suppliers are bank rolling their customers for an average of 103 days from when the invoice is issued to before they threaten legal action with a Letter Before Action (LBA).

This amount of days shows a 24% increase from 83 days when compared to Q1 in 2014 to Q1in 2015. As a result, many have argued that although high profile campaigns have increased to try and tackle this issue, late payments in the UK are only getting worse.

Although the business industry on the whole improves, it seems that many UK businesses are unwilling to 'rock' any existing client relationships by threatening legal actions. However it is likely that their invoices will simply fall to the bottom of an unpaid pile  and forgotten. Therefore it is essential for businesses to act early on overdue invoices. In order to fight late payers, businesses should claim their right to compensation. The Late Payment Act allows businesses who have been paid late  to claim interest for the period the debt was overdue, plus compensation.

Businesses are entitled to claim interest and compensation remains for 6 years on each and every invoice paid late, unless clear assent is proven against the claimant. Many businesses utilise the Late Payment Act in order to take on late payers, recovering significant sums to compensate them for the administrative and legal costs they have incurred chasing late payment.

If you are a business suffering from poor cash-flow and unpaid invoices Positive Collections can help you. Positive Collections provides a FREE online credit control system to help you streamline and manage your invoices more efficiently. Our debt recovery service is an effective 3 step solution to ensure that you receive any monies owed.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Government set to crackdown on late payments

New rules have been implemented to tackle late payments for public sector suppliers. These new rules for the public sector mean that both contractors and sub-contractors will have to be paid within 30 days. These tougher measures are as a result of late payments being one of the biggest problems for small businesses in the UK.

Late payments have proven to prohibit business growth and often cause many small businesses to close down. In a report from 2014, UK businesses faced up to £40bn in unpaid invoices which equates to an average of £38,186 per firm.

However, under new rules which are being implemented as of the 26th February 2015, the public sector will have to pay both contractors and sub-contractors within 30 days. In addition to this, the government has also revealed that public bodies will need to publish an annual late payment report. This push comes as the government warns that late payments which cause smaller firms to fall into financial crisis will no longer be tolerated.

The minister for business, enterprise and energy, Matthew Hancock has also suggested that this change is a way of “toughening up the voluntary Prompt Payment Code to make 30 days the standard term, with 60 days the maximum in all but ‘exceptional cases’…giving the body which runs the code ‘teeth’ including the potential to issue fines”.

What is the Prompt Payment Code?

With any business, prompt payment is critical for cash flow, especially for small businesses that fall within a supply chain. As a result, the Prompt Payment Code is a way of encouraging a good practice between both organisations and suppliers. Those who sign the code are committed to paying their suppliers within clearly defined terms and dealing with any issues which arise using the correct process. Therefore those who sign the code are to:

  • Pay suppliers on time

  • Give clear guidance to suppliers

  • Encourage good practice

With this in mind, Mr Hancock is expecting all major companies to sign up to the code. This comes with the intention to help speed up the process in which companies are paid.

If your business has fallen victim to late payers, Positive Collections can help you. Positive Collections provides a fast and affordable solution to recovering any outstanding invoices and debts you may have incurred. In just 3 simple steps and for as little as £4.99, we can help recover your business debts and help improve your cash flow. 

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Tips on managing your businesses cash flow

In the UK, around 25% of British businesses fail to financially plan ahead. Around 6% of companies rely on credit cards to manage fluctuations in cash flow, whilst 4% use business loans and approximately 17% use the method of either decreasing or increasing staff numbers to deal with the issue. In addition to this, figures also show that around 18% of businesses suffer a cash flow crisis at least once a month.

However with effective cash flow planning and cash flow forecasting businesses will have more control over its finances. Getting clients to pay on time is perhaps one of the most effective way of preventing cash flows issues, although this is definitely easier said than done. If possible, Positive Collections would recommend negotiating a percentage which is payable upfront to minimise the impact of any eventual late payments.

Recurring issues involving payment delays can have a negative impact on your cash flow so it is often best to seek alternative finance solutions such as invoice factoring which enables businesses to unlock cash capital from unpaid invoices. If you are finding it difficult to stay on top of your businesses cash flow, visit to see how we can help you control your credit or recover any outstanding debts. Remember, most businesses fail from a lack of cash flow then from a lack of profit.

Here are some tips to help you manage your businesses cash flow:

PAYMENT TERMS: always ensure that your business has a formal collections policy set in place, so that clients can pay on time. Don’t be afraid to ask for payment and always make payment as easy as possible for your clients. When asking for payment it is advisable that you quote your bank account number on your invoices so there is no excuse for delays. Asking for direct credits or automated payments is also recommended to avoid delays and payment issues.

PLAN AHEAD: always work out when cash will be coming into your business and when it will be going out, so that the funds are already set up to make the necessary payments. By preparing cash flow forecasts throughout all the months/seasons of the year so that you know that your business will survive through its down periods. If you are struggling to predict your sales is recommended that you review all your outgoings first and then see how much you need to sell in order to cover your outgoings. The rest is then profit.

TIMESCALES: always keep track of how long it takes your clients to pay you. Remember the better your debtor days the great your cash flow.

CLIENT EXPECTATIONS: delivering a service or a product to high standard that meets your customers’ expectations is essential. Chasing payments for a job well done is much better then chasing payment for a poor service or product.

INVENTORY: always ensure that you have enough stock for trading, factoring in any changes in demand. Measuring your inventory turnover enables you to sell slow moving products, helping your business turn its stock into cash.

INVOICES: this is essentially the part where you get paid, although it can often be a struggle especially if your clients are also suffering from a poor cash flow. By setting up a invoice management system, you can not only improve your cash flow, you can also reduce paperwork whilst saving both money and time chasing payments.

At Positive Collections, we provide an effective online credit control system which is completely FREE. Our debt recovery service also enables us to chase any outstanding invoices/payments on your behalf for just a one-off fee of £4.99. To find out more simply visit or simply call us on 0208 313 7887.