• Latest lending figures from UK Finance up 13 per cent on same period last year
  • UK Finance backs government legislation to enable more small firms to unlock greater funding

Data released by UK Finance today shows that the invoice finance and asset-based lending sector is providing more finance to UK businesses than ever before.

  • Advances (the amount of funding being provided to clients at the close of the most recent quarter) are up 13 per cent year on year and stand at just over £22 billion for UK businesses.  This is the highest advances figure ever.
  • Total sales (turnover) of clients supported by invoice finance and asset-based lending are up 4 per cent for UK clients, standing at £214 billion for the first three quarters of 2017.
  • Client numbers are stable at just over 40,000 UK clients.
  • The exporting picture is particularly strong, with sales from clients through export invoice discounting facilities up 33 per cent year-to-date, and export factoring up 11 per cent.

Matthew Davies, Director, Invoice Finance and Asset-Based Lending at UK Finance said:

“There is increasing understanding amongst businesses of all sizes of how invoice finance and asset-based lending can support them as they grow, and it is particularly encouraging that a substantial proportion of the sustained increases in lending we’ve seen in recent months is helping boost UK exports.

“2016 was itself a record year for the invoice finance and asset-based lending sector, with the industry supporting client turnover of £280 billion for the year. But more funding could and should be provided through invoice finance. To unlock this, the government should bring forward long-awaited legislation to give more smaller firms, in particular, access to much-needed capital.”

So-called ‘ban on assignment’ clauses are sometimes imposed by larger businesses on their smaller suppliers and can restrict the finance options available to those supplier businesses.  To address this, the UK Government is expected to bring forward revised Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations in the new year.

The full data is available here

Q3 summary is available here

Ends

For further information please contact the UK Finance Press Office on 020 7416 6750 / press@ukfinance.org.uk

Notes to Editor

UK Finance is a new trade association which was formed on 1 July 2017 to represent the finance and banking industry operating in the UK. It represents around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation brings together activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.

Record levels of Invoice Finance and Asset-Based Lending to UK businesses