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How to get the most from your funder relationship

31/05/2018 / Comments 0

How to get the most from your funder relationship

There’s more to a successful finance facility than the level of funding it releases. In fact, often the relationship with the lender and level of service are just as important as the money you can access.

But how do you get the most from your funder relationship? Here we look at a few ways you could improve yours.

Communication is key

Like any successful business relationship, communication is key. So, make sure you know who your key contact is and how you can get in touch with them. Always keep them updated with any key changes to your business.

Set clear expectations

It’s important to determine what you both want out of the relationship from the outset. Inform your funder of your strategies, your finances and the vision for your business.

Then take the initiative to explain what you’re expecting of them, be it ongoing support, development funding or an ability to expand offshore.

This ensures that you are both on the same page and working towards the same goals.

Be thorough

It is important to help your funder really understand your business; being vague or hard to reach won’t do you any good in the long run and should you need assistance, they won’t be able to fully help you without a thorough understanding of what you need.

Your funder most likely wants to see evidence of a coherent strategy, strong management control, consistent financial information and realistic forecasts.


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Do your research

Knowledge is power so get to know which facilities you’re eligible for, find out whether they’d work for your business and communicate it with your funder.

There is so much more available to your business than a simple overdraft or bank loan, so it is essential that you have a detailed understanding of your existing facilities and those available to you.

Don’t settle for less

If your funder relationship breaks down beyond repair or standards in service slip to unsatisfactory levels, it’s vital that you don’t just accept this treatment.

Try and resolve the issues with your funder and if that doesn’t work find a replacement facility that is better aligned to your expectations and requirements.

Talk to your finance broker

If you were introduced to your funder through a broker you should talk to them about the issues you are having. They will work with you both to try and find a solution.

And, if that’s not possible, they will be able to introduce you to another, more suitable facility for your needs.

If you’ve never previously used a commercial finance broker, now might be the time to consider it.

With so many funding options available on the market it can be challenging to find the one that ticks all the right boxes.

Talking to an experienced broker will relieve the chore of comparison from your shoulders, enabling you to concentrate on running your business while the broker researches and introduces you to a number of appropriate lenders with competitive rates.

If you’d like more information on how to get the most out of your funder and funding facilities, call our team on 0800 9774833 or request a call back.

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  • Skipton Business Finance
  • Ashley Commercial Finance
  • Close Brothers Invoice Finance
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  • Davenham Trade Finance
  • IGF Invoice Finance
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  • Partnership Invoice Finance
  • Secure Trust Bank
  • Metro Bank SME Finance
  • Team Factors
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
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  • Regency Factors
  • Nucleus Commercial Finance
  • InvoCap
  • Asset Advantage
  • ABN AMRO Commercial Finance
  • PNC Business Credit
  • Barclays
  • Assetz Capital
  • iwoca
  • Working Capital Partners
  • Investec
  • Everline
  • Creative Capital
  • Platform Black
  • Catalyst Finance
  • GapCap Cashflow Finance
  • Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance
  • Outsauce
  • Roma Finance
  • Shawbrook Business Credit
  • Ultimate Finance Group
  • Aldermore Invoice Finance
  • Positive Cashflow Finance
  • Henry Howard Cashflow Finance
  • Woodsford Tradebridge
  • Calverton Finance
  • Bibby Financial Services
  • Market Invoice
  • Davenham Asset Finance
  • Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance
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