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Invoice finance

This is a service in which invoice finance lenders purchase unpaid invoices from businesses that need an advance on their payments. This finance facility gives businesses instant access to funds and reduces potential cash flow issues in exchange for a financing fee.

Simply put, invoice financing is a way to turn your unpaid invoices into cash. Instead of waiting weeks or even months to get paid, you receive up to 100% of your invoice value upfront.

Why Sonovate?

Thousands of recruitment businesses choose Sonovate because, unlike the banks, we’re really easy to work with and we’re on hand to help you anytime.

The platform we’ve built makes it really easy to manage and fund contractors.

And unlike others, we pay 100% of the invoice.

  • Simple setup
  • No hidden fees or charges
  • We don’t tie you into long contracts.
  • We won’t place a credit limit on you!
  • Bad debt protection included

Plus much, much more!

Leave your details with us, we’ll show you around the platform and get you funding in no time.

How Sonovate helps different types of businesses and needs

For start-ups

A funding and back office platform is specifically designed as a one-stop shop to get started – invoices, contracts, timesheets and funding in one place – so you can stop worrying and focus on clients.

For enterprise

A funding platform that helps you scale. With our recruitment invoice finance, you have funding on tap to reinvest in your business. Book a consultation with us today.


Do you need good credit to get invoice financing?

Not necessarily, whilst your business’ credit history is taken into consideration, the credit focus is instead on the credit quality and repayment history of your customers.

This makes invoice financing a great option for new businesses that don’t have an established credit rating or trading record yet.

What happens if a debtor refuses to pay an invoice?

Before you finalise any contracts relating to these services, you should always disclose what happens if a debtor refuses to pay an invoice.

The most cost-effective solution would be for you to return the full amount of the cash advance, within an agreed period of time. This is known as recourse factoring and your business becomes liable for the unpaid invoice.

Another option is non-recourse factoring. In this instance, the factoring company takes responsibility for any non-paying customers and they cannot ask you for payment. However, as the lender takes on more risk, the deductible factoring fees become much higher.

Nevertheless, factoring companies have a team of professionals who dedicate themselves to collecting outstanding payments from clients in the most efficient way possible. Not only this but invoice finance companies will vet your clients thoroughly before agreeing to advance their invoices.

How long does it take to set up invoice financing?

Invoice financing doesn’t take long to set up at all, especially in comparison to other forms of financing in the UK.

After your first appointment, your business could start using these services in as little as 24 hours.

Once you are all set up, you can get access to your funds in just a matter of 24 hours.

Is invoice finance suitable for start-ups?

Yes, invoice financing is an ideal solution for start-ups.

Unlike traditional forms of financing, such as bank loans or overdrafts, this doesn’t demand you to be a well-established business with an immaculate credit rating to receive the finance you need.

It focuses on the credit quality of your customers instead, making it a highly viable solution for start-ups and SMEs.

This form of financing also helps new and emerging companies quickly convert credit sales into cash, which can help fuel growth and accelerate the development of your business.

What checks are involved with getting invoice finance?

The checks on your own business are rather limited, instead, invoice finance companies focus on checking the history of your customers.

Lenders will make sure your clients have a substantial credit score and reputable repayment history before they agree to finance any invoices.

This makes it much easier for new businesses and smaller companies to qualify for invoice financing than it is for them to secure loans from the bank.

Nevertheless, if your business has a strong credit score, steady turnover, and a considerable reputation, you will most likely benefit from more favourable rates.


Is invoice financing regulated?

No, invoice financing is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.

Since the invoice finance industry is unregulated, borrowers should ensure all contracts have a clear termination clause and that all fees are clearly stated.

However, the sector has established a clear code of conduct to ensure the best possible service. Not only this but being an unregulated industry removes the costs of regulation that are typically passed on to customers, allowing business owners to receive the maximum amount of cash in the shortest amount of time.

Can small businesses get invoice finance?

Yes, small businesses can benefit greatly from invoice financing.

However, to be eligible for the service you must be a business invoicing other businesses with a minimum turnover of £50,000 a year.

I’m a contractor, how do I benefit from invoice finance?

Invoice finance can help contractors be certain that they will be paid on time, every time.

When it comes to recruitment agencies, time and money are of the essence. All payments need to be delivered on time so that employees can be paid and expenses can be covered.

Invoice finance lenders can advance recruitment agencies the money they need to pay their contractors quickly and efficiently.

This way recruitment agencies can stop worrying about cash flow gaps and focus on growing their business.

Accounts payable financing vs invoice financing, what’s the difference?

Accounts payable financing is also commonly known as vendor financing or trade credit because you borrow money directly from the vendor.

Vendors will provide buyers with credit so that they can purchase their goods and/or services. The buyer then uses the profits to pay the vendor back the loan plus an agreed interest rate.

Just like invoice financing, you won’t typically be forced to put up any physical assets as collateral. The main difference between invoice financing and accounts payable financing is that the latter requires a credit check to see if you qualify for the loan.

SMEs and start-ups typically have an unproven or lower credit rating, especially if they are still trying to establish themselves in their industry. Therefore, these companies may benefit more from invoice financing than accounts payable financing.

Our platform

Sonovate is an invoice platform designed to reduce admin, save time, and let you focus on growing your business.

Choose from a funding and back office platform for an all-in-one solution, or just funding to complement existing systems.

Giving flexibility at times you need it, or growth engines when the time is right.