Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending

Invoice finance and asset based lending (IF/ABL) products and services are used by client businesses to unlock working capital and support growth.

Invoice finance and asset based lending products allow client businesses to access finance against what is often their most significant asset – the debtor book – as well as against a wider range of business assets. The diverse industry supports clients of all sizes, from start-ups to corporates, and provides particularly important support for small businesses.

Around 35,000 businesses across the UK are currently supported by UK Finance’s IF/ABL members. Immediately prior to the pandemic, IF/ABL members were advancing over £21 billion to client businesses (equivalent to around £125 billion of total funding provided per annum). In 2020, the combined turnover of businesses using IF and ABL products provided by our members was over £245 billion (and around £280 billion in 2019).

UK Finance’s IFABL members include the larger UK commercial banks, specialist, mid-tier and international banks, as well as a range of non-bank specialist finance providers. 

In addition to representing the industry through a single voice to advocate, influence and engage on behalf of members with policymakers, politicians and stakeholders, UK Finance supports members with education and expert insight. 

UK Finance also maintains an independent Standards Framework covering this important part of the financial services industry. This Framework sets out and enforces the standards that clients can expect from providers of invoice finance or asset based lending that are members of UK Finance.

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