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What is Invoice Finance and how does it work?

Invoice finance is a finance facility provided by an invoice finance lender to help business owners leverage their unpaid invoices, giving them an instant cash injection into the business. The invoice finance lender will release up to 90% of a business’s invoices straight away.

On payment of the invoice from their customers, the lender will release the final amount minus any fees and charges. There are different types of invoice financing options available to businesses depending on the situation and the level of control they require in collecting unpaid invoices.

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Invoice financing companies offer a solution whereby payments are collected on your behalf managed by our team of expert credit controllers so you can focus on running your business. Our invoice finance solution is offered to businesses who want to maintain their own credit control processes, therefore this remains strictly confidential so your customers are unaware of our involvement.

The benefits of invoice finance companies such as Hitachi Capital
    • Boost your cashflow without having to wait up to 120 days for your customers to pay you
    • An invoice finance company with a revolutionary digital onboarding process, giving you quicker access to funds and the ability to take on new business remotely during this lockdown period
    • Release up to 90% of the invoice straight away, and the final 10% when the invoice is settled
    • No need to chase your invoices, we can do it for you
    • 6 month trial period followed by a rolling contract

We have revolutionised invoice finance with our digital onboarding process

We are a 2021 award winning invoice financing company

Best Invoice Finance Service 2021

Highly Commended Factoring Provider 2021

Best Invoice Financing Provider 2020

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How can Invoice Financing help your business?

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Why choose an invoice funding solution for your business?

Why choose an invoice funding solution for your business?

Why choose an invoice funding solution for your business?

Watch this quick 30 second video to see why you might want to choose Invoice Finance as an option for boosting your business growth by saving time on chasing invoices and receiving funds quickly.

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Why use Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance as your Invoice Finance Broker?

Watch this quick video to see how we are revolutionising the Cashflow Finance industry.

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Please note that costs are an estimate only and are based on the entered values. Your final quote may change once a Business Development Manager has assessed your business in more detail.

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Invoice Finance FAQ's

  • How much does Invoice Finance cost?

    We were the first provider to offer a one fee solution from 0.45% to 5% of your turnover depending on the size of your business. Our Inspired Cashflow product comes with

    • No hidden fees
    • No extras
    • No set up costs

    You can use our invoice calculator to give you an estimate of price and to understand how much cash you could release back in to your business by using Invoice Finance.


Is invoice financing a good idea?

Invoice financing has become a popular solution for businesses due to its simplicity and providing funding to businesses quickly to improve their working capital. Waiting 30 - 90 days to receive payment of invoices or late invoice payments can put a financial strain on a business. To avoid running into cash flow problems, businesses can use an invoice financing provider to secure a percentage value of the unpaid invoice upfront. The lender will collect the money once the invoices have been settled along with a percentage fee.


Are invoice finance brokers regulated in the UK?

Invoice finance services are not currently regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). To ensure integrity and a fair service is provided, UK Finance have an industry-wide code of conduct. The regulation of the invoice finance industry would most likely lead to an increase in the costs associated with invoice financing. Not being regulated ensures the costs of invoice financing are kept down for the consumers seeking to utilise invoice finance for an instant cash injection for their business.


How does invoice financing work?

A business raises invoices as they normally would and the invoice details are passed on to the invoice finance provider, who will then release a percentage of the value of the unpaid invoice upfront. With Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance, our revolutionary digital onboarding process allows businesses to be set up from first appointment to release of funds within 24 hours for smaller SMEs and up to 7 days for larger corporate businesses.

Depending on the invoice finance agreement entered, the business or the invoice finance provider will chase payment for the unpaid invoices. Once the invoice has been paid, the invoice finance provider will release the remaining balance minus a small fee for the service.


  • Who should consider an Invoice Finance broker?

    UK based Small-to-Medium sized businesses (SMEs) with the following criteria should consider invoice finance brokers:

    • Invoicing other businesses
    • Are starting up, growing or established
    • Have a turnover above £50,000 per year

    We cater for a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, transport, professional services and recruitment.


Is Invoice finance in the UK suitable for small businesses?

Invoice finance provides an alternative finance solution to traditional forms of finance such as loans, lines of credit and overdrafts which often come with a multitude of eligibility requirements. The mechanics of providing funding for unpaid invoices to improve the cash flow of a business works the same for any size of business.

In order to be eligible for Hitachi Capital invoice Finance:

    • Your business has to be invoicing other businesses (not consumers)
    • You can be starting up, growing or well established. We support many businesses at different stages with their growth ambitions
    • If your business is a new start, we prefer homeowners, but if not please still get in touch as we will look at each business individually
    • Your business needs to have a minimum turnover of £50,000 per year


What is invoice financing in the UK?

Invoice financing in the UK is where an invoice finance provider buys a business’s unpaid invoices for a fee. The provider will often provide a percentage value, usually up to 90%, of the invoice upfront in the form of a loan.

Once the client has paid the invoice, the lender will collect the balance in addition to a small fee. This means businesses can free up cash flow and don’t have to wait to receive payment for their goods or services. There are 2 main types of invoice finance: Invoice Factoring and Invoice Discounting.


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Business Moneyfacts Awards 2021

Best Service from an Invoice Finance provider

Delighted to be chosen as winners in the category for Best Service from an Invoice Finance provider at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2021

Business Moneyfacts Awards 2020 double award

Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting provider for the second year running

Delighted to be winners for the second year running at the prestigious Business Moneyfacts awards 2020. We are officially the Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting provider as chosen by Business Moneyfacts.

Business Moneyfacts Awards 2020

Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting provider

Delighted to be chosen as winners in the category for Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting provider at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2020


Professional Service

A professional approach from first contact to signing our contract, made what I thought would be a nightmare switching our factoring facility in to a breeze.

Managing Director, June 2021


I was apprehensive at the start but thanks to Bethan support and professionalism I felt I was guided to what was best for my business. The reason I chose Hitachi from the other factoring companies because you stood out compared to the others

Director, April 2021

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