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Friday, 9 December 2016

Member Blog: Asset finance can help SME manufacturers stuck with unsold stock

By Davenham Asset Finance Managing Director, Paul Burke 

Research carried out by The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) shows that the value of unsold stock held by SME manufacturing companies has risen to £4.94 billion, putting cash flow under greater strain.

With the value tied up in unsold stock remaining stubbornly high over the last five years, this inventory currently amounts to a shocking 16% of the £81 billion annual turnover of SME manufacturers. For companies requiring short term finance, issues are often caused through difficulty to quickly move stock. Of course, money tied up in unsold stock is what would likely have been used for business development, and therefore puts a halt on business growth.

Being in this situation, SME manufacturers still need to grow, but many are still unaware of the alternative methods of finance; by refinancing fixed assets the cashflow issues caused by unsold stock can be eased, and the pressure removed until the stock is sold.

It’s great to see that demand from businesses for alternative routes of finance is growing, with the value of funding secured against stock by ABFA Members standing at £584 million at the end of June, up by a staggering 56% over the last five years. Our team at Davenham is passionate about helping companies to access to vital funding through our bespoke asset finance and refinance services, giving them the opportunity to invest in their business and preventing growth from being stalled.

It is essential that we continue to raise awareness of asset finance and refinance as alternative forms of finance, particularly to sectors like the manufacturing industry who could greatly benefit from this route. If your cash flow has taken a hit due to unsold stock, and you would like to learn more about refinance and how it can benefit your business, call 0161 832 8484 and speak to a member of our experienced team.


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