Tailor-made invoice finance that can grow with your business
Siemens invoice discounting is a cash flow solution that can help businesses unlock the value of unpaid customer invoices, allowing effective management of working capital. Part of the A+ rated* worldwide Siemens Group, Siemens Financial Services has a long and proud history of assisting businesses grow through leveraging innovative financial products. The Invoice Finance team from Siemens has a wealth of experience in helping to find solutions to suit your needs. *Standard & Poors Credit Rating
How invoice discounting works
Businesses are increasingly exploring alternative finance solutions as traditional lending options remain restricted. Invoice discounting can be an important alternative to traditional credit lines, unlocking up to 90% of the value held in your unpaid sales ledger. An invoice discounting arrangement with Siemens means that administration is kept to a minimum, supported by our market leading online solution, allowing you to concentrate on what you do best - running your business.
Understanding invoice finance
This infographic video explains how invoice finance can benefit your business and bridge the payment gap between when a supplier needs to be paid and when your customers pay you. It outlines the benefits of invoice finance and shows how this cash-flow solution gives you the opportunity to grow your business without using precious capital reserves.
Going for global success with Invoice Finance
Evidence shows that UK small and medium businesses which export their goods or services achieve better business performance than those focusing mainly on the domestic markets. However, one of the greatest perceived obstacles to export growth is working capital and cash flow. Invoice Finance enables SMEs to have the majority of the value of their invoices advanced immediately and can therefore mitigate some of the risks associated with dealing with international customers, including associated upfront costs.
The Digitalization Productivity Bonus: Dairy Products
What value does digitalization offer the dairy industry? New generation digitalized technology (Industry 4.0) is enabling manufacturers to improve performance. A global qualitative study by Siemens examines the potential value digitalization offers manufacturers and the significant role Industry 4.0 financing plays in helping manufacturers to achieve digital transformation. In this paper, productivty gains from digitalization and automation has been estimated for the Dairy Products Industry in the UK
Mind the payment gap
UK SMEs are an integral part of the UK economy, but they bear the brunt of late payments and long payment terms. A typical SME spends 130 hours a year chasing outstanding invoices which are a drain on cash flow. Invoice finance is increasingly being seen by SMEs as a flexible, reliable tool to unlock working capital.
Siemens invoice discounting may be suitable for you, if you are:
- Seeking to break free from restrictions imposed by current funding solutions
- Looking for an alternative financier to provide bespoke and tailored solutions
- Undertaking domestic and/or international trade
- Looking to grow and maximise the funding potential of your available assets
- Requiring invoice funding greater than £250,000
SMEs and businesses work with us because we offer:
- Tailor-made financing which has the flexibility to grow with your business
- Immediate access to up to 90% of your sales ledger
- Reduced administration, enabled by market leading technology
- 24/7 online access and availability of management information
- A highly experienced team who understand the particular needs of businesses seeking invoice finance
Business advisers work with us because:
- Our market leading technology makes it simpler for your clients to transact with us
- Siemens is a respected, globally recognised brand providing reliable funding
- We have a local underwriting discretion up to £10m and fast turnaround on credit decisions
- We have access to a range of financial solutions
- Our highly experienced client managers provide exceptional service
- We have competitive commission and reciprocal business arrangements
What our customers say...
Having money available means it's ready to invest in business development. As we gain more customers we’ll access more funds through invoice finance, which we can then invest in acquiring even more customers and so it snowballs. We’re really excited about the coming months.Paul Smith, Managing Director, Triplex Distribution
What our customers say...
We found that as the price of oil dropped and the sector suffered downturn, our high street bank was less willing to assist us. In contrast Siemens is knowledgeable about the sector, understands its cycles and is eager to support us.David Rowan, Managing Director, Epic International Ltd
An overview of our process
Step 1: Your business finance needs are identified
As our invoice discounting solutions are customised to suit your business needs, we need to understand your business and its requirements.
Step 2: We present invoice discounting options which are tailor-made for your business
This will be fully transparent and include a prepayment percentage against your fundable invoices plus a funding limit and any charges that will be made, so you fully understand our proposal.
Step 3: Our expert team will arrange credit approval
Our advisers will arrange a credit application in order for us to present a formal credit-backed offer to you.
Step 4: Documentation is completed
We will require legal documentation to be completed prior to funding which will include a sales finance agreement and a debenture.
Step 5: We make funding available to you
Following commencement of your facility, we will make funding available to you after satisfactory settlement of any existing invoice finance agreements you may have.
Frequently asked questions
A: Unlike a loan or an overdraft which are typically reviewed on an annual basis, your invoice discounting facility can grow in line with your sales ledger. Invoice discounting also compares favourably with more traditional forms of borrowing in relatation to setup costs.
Depending on your particular circumstances, it is most likely that you would be able to raise greater funds using invoice discounting. Many businesses do not need additional forms of security unlike those required with an overdraft.
A: This is dependant on the strength of your sales ledger and the credit rating of your customers, combined with the invoice finance facility you choose. In most instances, we will advance up to 90% of the value of your outstanding invoices.
This varies from client to client, so please call us on 01753 434450 or email us to discuss your personal invoice finance options.
A. Companies that are experiencing rapid growth can often benefit significantly from an invoice discounting facility. In order to maintain growth and expansion, a company will often require access to increased cash flow. The reality is that many companies experiencing rapid growth struggle to balance the costs associated with meeting the unexpected demand and over time this can harm the business.
Call us on 01753 434450 or email us to find out how invoice discounting can help you manage rapid growth within your business.