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More access to invoice finance is only part of the answer

New laws to help more SMEs gain access to invoice finance are a start, not the end of addressing the UK’s late payment culture. Under new laws scheduled to take effect from the start of 2019, Britain’s 5.7m SMEs will be able to ignore unfair contracts that prevent them from raising finance against monies owed […]

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Why managing travel and subsistence spend is crucial to cash flow

Balancing the money coming into a business with cash disappearing in the opposite direction is a constant challenge for all companies, but for SMEs it can be crucial. While chasing late payments has become part of everyday life, it is never pleasurable – and always time-consuming when your energy would almost certainly be better spent […]

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No need to panic about cash flow

Many SME owners suffer sleepless nights and stress grappling with cash flow problems. A survey by American Express found that a quarter regularly experienced such anxiety symptoms while nearly half (46%) said that worrying about their company’s finances drew their attention away from focusing on the equally crucial issues of marketing and expanding their business. […]

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Four simple ways to improve cashflow

Most businesses feel constant pressure to improve cashflow, but many are put off doing anything to ease the situation because they fear it may be complicated, time-consuming, expensive or possibly even pose a threat to customer relationships. However, the good news is that spectacular results can often be achieved by making a few simple changes […]

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Can small businesses ever stop late payments?

FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, has once again raised the scourge of late payments on small businesses by writing to the Chairmen and CEOs of all FTSE100 companies urging them to take immediate action to create a new payments culture in the UK. The FSB’s own research shows that a massive 84% of small businesses […]

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Editorial: XU magazine – March edition

XU magazine has included an editorial profile which looks at Makoto’s motivations and vision for coming to the UK and setting up CaFE. Read the full article below, or download the full magazine here. Click below for fullscreen. Become a CaFE partner today – it’s FREE

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Editorial: Financial Accountant Magazine – November/December edition

Financial Accountant magazine asked CaFE to submit a thought piece for their November/December edition and we’re pleased to share it with you here. In this article, Makoto discusses how professional advisers can help clients manage their cashflow, providing some quick tips that will earn you a lifetime of loyalty. Click the article below for fullscreen. […]

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Xerocon 2017

We had an excellent two days at Xerocon at the beginning of October. Nowhere else have we met so many forward-thinking accountants, bookkeepers and other finance professionals all in one place, and all eager to find out what is new and best practice in their industry. More than 120 delegates visited the CaFE stand to […]

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Tech businesses combine to tackle SME cashflow issues

Two Financial Technology (fintech) firms are collaborating to help small businesses not only identify an impending cashflow crisis, but also deliver the funding required to return them to health. CaFE, a cashflow monitoring Application, and FloFunder from PeerPay, a platform that matches firms starved of cash with businesses or individuals who are willing to invest, […]

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Helping clients’ cashflow management is key to accountants offering wider services

Clients that don’t understand the importance of good cashflow management are at a serious disadvantage. They are also very difficult for the finance professional to support. However, once business owners do have this vital function under control, it signifies that they are serious about understanding and managing their finances. They are then open to other suggestions, which […]

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