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Invoice Factoring


Invoice factoring provides fast access to cash, improves cash flow, and reduces the burden of waiting for customer payments.

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What is invoice factoring?

Invoice factoring is a financial solution for businesses that regularly send invoices to their customers. It allows you to get paid upfront for invoices as soon as they’re generated. This saves you from having to endure extended payment terms.

Invoice factoring helps many businesses overcome cash flow challenges, as a funder can provide an advance of up to 90% of the invoice amount. The remaining balance, minus fees, is then settled when the customer pays the invoice.

How does invoice factoring work?

Factoring is a financing solution that simplifies your cash flow management.

Here’s how it works:


Complete Your Work

You begin by fulfilling your customer’s order, and providing your goods or services.


Raise an invoice

Create and send an invoice to your customer for the products or services completed.


Copy for Funder

Send a copy of the invoice to your chosen funder. They will receive this document for processing.



Your funder will then verify the invoice with your customer to ensure accuracy and legitimacy.



Upon verification, you’ll receive up to 90% of the invoice’s total value directly into your business bank account. This funding typically happens within 24 hours, providing you with quick access to cash


Customer Payment

Instead of your customer paying you directly, they will remit the invoice payment to the funder when it’s due. This way, the factoring company takes care of the collection process.


Balance Settlement

After receiving the customer’s payment, the funder will forward the remaining balance to you, deducting any fees for their services.


Credit Management

The funder manages the collection of payments directly from your customers. You won’t need to handle the task of chasing overdue payments.

Who is invoice factoring for?

Invoice factoring is tailored for B2B businesses in the UK. It’s ideal for businesses issuing invoices with 30–90-day payment terms or sometimes longer.

With over 35,000 UK companies benefiting from invoice factoring, it caters to a wide range of business sizes, from small businesses with invoices worth a few hundred pounds to large enterprises dealing with multi-million-pound invoices.

To be eligible, most funders require businesses to have at least 12 months of trading history and a net turnover exceeding £50,000.

This solution assists businesses in diverse sectors, including:

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Benefits of Invoice Factoring

This versatile financing option offers numerous benefits, helping businesses improve their financial stability and streamline their operations.

Here are the key benefits of invoice factoring for businesses:

Improved Cash Flow

Factoring provides an immediate injection of cash by converting outstanding invoices into working capital.

Quick Approval and funding

The approval process is typically faster and more straightforward than traditional financing methods.

Reduced Financial Stress

Businesses don't have to wait for customers to pay their invoices, which can be a source of financial stress.

No need for good personal credit

Invoice factoring is primarily based on the creditworthiness of your customers rather than your credit.

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How much does invoice factoring cost?

The cost of invoice factoring can vary depending on several factors. Including, the funder, the creditworthiness of your customers, the number of invoices you factor, and the terms of your agreement.

Check out our invoice finance cost calculator for a close estimate of the costs you can expect with invoice factoring.


The confidentiality of your factoring relationship depends on the terms of your agreement. Some factoring companies offer non-notification or confidential factoring, which means your customers may not be aware of the arrangement.

Check out our blog, what is the difference between Invoice Factoring and Invoice Discounting, for more information

No, it’s a sale of your accounts receivable, so there’s no debt involved. You receive immediate cash based on your outstanding invoices.

In many cases, you can select which invoices to factor. This flexibility allows you to manage your cash flow according to your business’s needs.
Eligibility typically depends on the creditworthiness of your customers, as factoring companies consider the risk associated with collecting on the invoices. Startups and businesses with credit challenges may still qualify for invoice factoring.
Funding times can vary, but many factoring companies provide advances within 24 to 48 hours after receiving the invoices.

Yes, you can continue to use factoring even as your business expands. Factoring can be a scalable financial solution that grows with your needs.

In most cases, the factoring company assumes responsibility for collecting payment from your customers. If a customer doesn’t pay, it could impact the amount you receive for that specific invoice.

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