Taking Control - How Debt Consolidation Could Help Your Business

The rise in the number of lenders in the market place and the ability of business owners to get finance with almost the click of a button has both a positive and a negative impact.

Whilst these businesses are raising finance to support their business, there is often a worry that they are using loan payments in the place of increasing sales or controlling escalating costs.

Over the last few months we have seen a few businesses that have taken out numerous loans from various places without taking advice, in some cases they have been subjected to daily payments and at astronomical rates.

Whilst we are not disputing that there is a need for these lenders, we would like to highlight that with a clearer thought out plan these businesses could structure the loans much more cost effectively, saving money both in the short and long term. But more importantly, not potentially cutting themselves off from more lending opportunities in the future.

If this is you or someone that you now then there is a potential solution; Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation is an effective way for businesses to restructure existing, expensive forms of business debt from lenders, corporate credit cards, creditors, suppliers or collection agencies.

It's a process whereby a single, larger loan is taken out to pay off multiple smaller debts. This can either be through secured borrowing against an asset, such as a property, or through further unsecured borrowing.

It's easy to get into financial difficulty if you have too many credit commitments to keep track of each month, or because cashflow problems or sudden unexpected expenses mean you are unable to keep up repayments on short-term, high interest debts.

The main benefit of debt consolidation is that it allows the borrower to improve the liquidity or cashflow of their business and it can also reduce administration costs, especially if the company has multiple creditors to service each month.

The benefits of debt consolidation
Potential savings: If your new rate of borrowing is lower than your original rates, you can reduce the overall amount you have to pay back. Repaying over a longer period could also bring your monthly payments down.

Reduced admin: If you have several debts spread across different lenders, debt consolidation will reduce your administration. You'll only have one creditor to work with, rather than juggling the repayments for multiple sources of business finance, like credit cards and invoice factoring. By bringing them into one place, you can free-up time you'd otherwise spend dealing with creditor calls and emails and may also be able to reduce your admin costs.

Greater efficiency: Your debt will be in one place, so you can keep track of your finances more easily.

Clearer budget: Having one monthly repayment should make it easier for you to stick to a monthly budget.

Potential to boost your credit score: Streamlining your bills should reduce your chances of missing a repayment and therefore have a positive effect on your credit score.

Flexibility: Fixed repayments, or flexible payments to allow for seasonal fluctuations

Getting the right advice
One word of caution. Leading debt charity the Debt Advice Foundation warns that debt consolidation might not be the solution for everyone depending, for example, on your credit rating and other factors. So it's imperative to get the right advice before proceeding along this route.

A commercial finance broker will help you to compare all the options so that you don't jump straight in with another loan until you are 100 per cent happy you've found the right one. Your broker will have access to a wide range of alternative finance providers so you don't have to rely on the high street banks.

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Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

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Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

Jacqui Brooks. The New Inn Public House (Walton) Ltd.

"We have recently moved to Stephens Accountants and it’s the best decision we could have made. Looking for a new accountant can be a little daunting but we were put at ease with their very approachable and friendly attitude. They have helped us and explained things we weren’t quite sure about when it came to our Year End. They were very knowledgeable about the accounts software that we use which made it so much easier. All in all, we’re happy."

Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

"I've been using Stephens Accountants for the past year since my last accountant let me down, and I've been very impressed with the service I've received. The companies professionalism and understanding was impressive from the start. Stephens have been very proactive in dealing with any issues that have arisen during my time with them. Highly recommended."

Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

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